Nightly Opera Streams, May 11–17
This week’s schedule of Nightly Opera Streams runs the gamut, from a 1982 telecast of Lucia di Lammermoor starring the stupendous Joan Sutherland to the Met premiere of Thomas Adès’s 21st-century masterpiece The Tempest. 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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This week’s lineup takes the action to a number of eye-catching locales, from the Greek isle of Naxos to the neon lights of Sin City. This guide will give you the lay of the land.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Storm of the Century
In anticipation of the 2012 Met premiere of his operatic version of The Tempest, composer Thomas Adès discussed his creative process and what it takes to be faithful to Shakespeare.
A highlight of last week’s At-Home Gala, the Met Orchestra and Chorus came together through nearly 100 individually recorded videos to perform “Va, pensiero” from Verdi’s Nabucco, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
From the Archives: Werther at the Met
Massenet’s sensuous Goethe adaptation has had an unsteady place in the repertory at the Met, as elsewhere, but has enjoyed periods of great success when brought to life by glamorous singing and stylish interpretations.
Women on the Verge
Discover some of the great divas who have thrilled and terrified Met audiences with their mad scenes over the past half-century.
Aria Code: Rigoletto
In this podcast episode, soprano Nadine Sierra and host Rhiannon Giddens discuss the overwhelming emotions of young love and dive into the details of Gilda’s breathtaking Act I aria, “Caro nome.”
Jessye Norman, 1945–2019
In the fall of 2019, the entire Met family—along with the opera world at large—mourned the loss of Jessye Norman, one of the great sopranos of the past half-century.
From the Archives: Lucia di Lammermoor at the Met
Donizetti’s riveting bel canto showcase for virtuoso coloratura sopranos has been a consistent presence in the Met repertory since the company’s very first season, with several legendary artists singing the title role.
In his 2008 production of Britten’s Peter Grimes, director John Doyle examines one of opera’s most intriguing outcasts and the community that judges him.
Full Fathom Five
During the 2012–13 season, Thomas Adès’s The Tempest had a thrilling Met premiere, with the composer conducting Robert Lepage’s magical production and magnetic baritone Simon Keenlyside starring as Prospero.
Poetry in Motion
Based on Goethe’s novel, Werther tells of a tortured poet’s unhappy infatuation with a married woman. In this 2014 video, director Richard Eyre describes his effort to capture the poetry, impassioned drama, and “autumnal feel” of Massenet's gripping score.
Remembering Benjamin Britten
Friends and colleagues of the great English composer reflect on his incomparable musical legacy.
Bright Lights, Sin City
Award-winning set designer Christine Jones discusses bringing Verdi’s Rigoletto into the neon age in Michael Mayer’s Las Vegas–inspired production.
Tenor Jonas Kaufmann, who starred in the title role of Richard Eyre’s 2014 production of Werther, explains why Massenet and Goethe are such a good fit.
The Siren Call of The Tempest
After nearly three decades staging the plays of Shakespeare, Robert Lepage turned to Thomas Adès’s operatic version of The Tempest, directing the work’s Met-premiere production in 2012.
Rigoletto in Rehearsal
Joyce DiDonato speaks with director Michael Mayer and two of the stars of his neon-bedecked staging of Verdi’s Rigoletto—Željko Lučić and Piotr Beczała—during an early rehearsal for the production.
Few operatic conventions are more thrilling to behold than the “mad scene,” and the one in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor is definitive.
Taming the Tempest
Director Robert Lepage discusses his fantastic, magic-infused staging of Thomas Adès The Tempest—and the opera’s Shakespearean origins—in this 2012 video.
Monday, May 11
Starring Lisette Oropesa, Sophie Koch, Jonas Kaufmann, and David Bižić, conducted by Alain Altinoglu. From March 15, 2014.
Tuesday, May 12
Thomas Adès’s The Tempest
Starring Audrey Luna, Isabel Leonard, Alek Shrader, Alan Oke, and Simon Keenlyside, conducted by Thomas Adès. From November 10, 2012.
Wednesday, May 13
Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos
Starring Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, and Tatiana Troyanos, conducted by James Levine. From March 12, 1988.
Thursday, May 14
Britten’s Peter Grimes
Starring Patricia Racette, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Anthony Michaels-Moore, conducted by Sir Donald Runnicles. From March 15, 2008.
Friday, May 15
Viewers’ Choice: Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Starring Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus, Pablo Elvira, and Paul Plishka, conducted by Richard Bonynge. From November 13, 1982.
Saturday, May 16
Starring Diana Damrau, Oksana Volkova, Piotr Beczała, and Željko Lučić, conducted by Michele Mariotti. From February 16, 2013.
Sunday, May 17
Starring Liudmyla Monastyrska, Jamie Barton, Russell Thomas, Plácido Domingo, and Dmitry Belosselskiy, conducted by James Levine. From January 7, 2017.