Nightly Opera Streams, May 4–10
This week’s schedule of Nightly Opera Streams features two legendary telecasts, the Met premiere of a modern masterpiece, two lesser-known gems, and the perennially popular double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the streams. A full schedule for the week is available at the bottom of this page.
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A fascinating assortment of titles—from Mozart to Saariaho to the Met’s very first telecast in 1977—comprise this week’s selection of Nightly Opera Streams. For help navigating the schedule, read on.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
The New Met
Take an inside look into the creation and opening of the “new Met” with commentary from key artists and administrators of the time, current Met staff, and archival documents that contain the voices of those no longer with us.
The Metropolitan Opera on Television
This week’s streaming schedule features the inaugural PBS telecast of a Met performance—La Bohème, starring Renata Scotto and Luciano Pavarotti—but that legendary 1977 event was by no means the company’s first foray into television. Learn about the history of the Met on TV, from 1940 to the present day.
Watch a trailer for Susan Froemke’s acclaimed 2017 documentary The Opera House, which chronicles the construction of the Met’s iconic home at Lincoln Center, as well as New York’s changing cultural landscape in the 1960s.
On the eve of the 2016 Met premiere of her L’Amour de Loin—the first opera composed by a woman staged at the Met since 1903—Kaija Saariaho discussed creating her contemporary operatic masterpiece.
From the Archives: Le Nozze di Figaro at the Met
Though a rarity on the Met stage in the company’s early decades, Mozart’s masterpiece of comedy and social commentary has been a cornerstone of the Met repertory for the past 80 years, brought to life by a parade of great singers and conductors.
Susan Froemke on The Opera House
Filmmaker Susan Froemke reflects on the creation of her 2017 documentary profiling the construction of the “new Met” at Lincoln Center.
Music and Lyrics
As she prepared to star as Countess Madeleine in a revival of Strauss’s Capriccio in 2011, Renée Fleming discussed why she loves singing the composer’s music.
A Sea Apart
A breakthrough in 21st-century opera, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin had its Met premiere in 2016, in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage that glows with the transcendental power of love.
Before headlining the 2010 new production of Hamlet, which returned Ambroise Thomas’s Shakespeare adaptation to the Met after a nearly 100-year absence, baritone Simon Keenlyside discussed singing the opera’s brooding title character.
In the Met’s 1998 telecast of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli interpolated two of Mozart’s rarely heard alternate arias into her performance as the scheming maid Susanna. Listen to her jaunty rendition of “Un moto di gioia” in Act II.
Both Sides Now
In his 2015 production of opera’s most popular double bill, Sir David McVicar emphasized the differences of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, revealing new dimensions in each work in the process.
Resources from the Met’s education department are available for many of the operas featured in this streaming series. Designed for use in the classroom, they are perfect for parents whose kids are now learning from home, or for anyone who’d like to know more about opera.
Sea of Lights
Michael Curry discusses designing the sets and costumes for the breathtaking Met-premiere production of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin.
Two of a Kind
Take a look at some of the great Met tenors who have thrilled audiences with their signature portrayals of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci.
Close-Up on Love
“It’s kind of simple, but full of meaning.” Watch a preview of Robert Lepage’s visually intoxicating production of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin, featuring interviews with both director and composer.
Monday, May 4
Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
Starring Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Susanne Mentzer, Dwayne Croft, and Sir Bryn Terfel, conducted by James Levine. From November 11, 1998.
Tuesday, May 5
Starring Marlis Petersen, Jennifer Larmore, Simon Keenlyside, and James Morris, conducted by Louis Langrée. From March 27, 2010.
Thursday, May 7
Starring Renée Fleming, Sarah Connolly, Joseph Kaiser, Russell Braun, Morten Frank Larsen, and Peter Rose, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. From April 23, 2011.
Friday, May 8
Viewers’ Choice: Puccini’s La Bohème
Starring Renata Scotto and Luciano Pavarotti, conducted by James Levine. From March 15, 1977.
Saturday, May 9
The Opera House
A 2017 feature-length documentary by Susan Froemke about the creation and 1966 opening of the new Met at Lincoln Center
Sunday, May 10
Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci
Cavalleria Rusticana: Starring Eva-Maria Westbroek, Marcelo Álvarez, and George Gagnidze.
Pagliacci: Starring Patricia Racette, Marcelo Álvarez, and George Gagnidze.
Conducted by Fabio Luisi. From April 25, 2015.