Met Opera Adds New Titles and Extended Viewing Hours For Streaming Productions
A day after canceling upcoming performances due to concerns around the virus, the Metropolitan Opera announced that it would stream encore presentations from the award-winning Live in HD series of cinema transmissions on the company website for the duration of the closure. The new offering will begin on Monday, March 16 with the 2010 HD performance of Bizet's Carmen, conducted by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and starring Elīna Garanča in the title role and Roberto Alagna as Don José.
All "Nightly Met Opera Streams" will begin at 7:30pm and will remain available via the homepage of metopera.org for 23 hours. The homepage link will open the performance on the Met Opera on Demand streaming service. The performance will also be viewable on all Met Opera on Demand apps.
"We'd like to provide some grand opera solace to opera lovers in these extraordinarily difficult times," said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. "Every night, we'll be offering a different complete operatic gem from our collection of HD presentations from the past 14 years."
Here is the schedule for the first week of streams:
Monday, March 16 - Bizet's Carmen
Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna. Transmitted live on January 16, 2010.
Tuesday, March 17 - Puccini's La Bohème
Conducted by Nicola Luisotti, starring Angela Gheorghiu and Ramón Vargas. Transmitted live on April 5, 2008.
Wednesday, March 18 - Verdi's Il Trovatore
Thursday, March 19 - Verdi's La Traviata
Friday, March 20 - Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment
Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez. Transmitted live on April 26, 2008.
Saturday, March 21 - Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor
Sunday, March 22 - Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin
Conducted by Valery Gergiev, starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Transmitted live on February 24, 2007.
Here is the schedule for the second week of streams, an all-Wagner week:
Monday, March 23 - Wagner's Tristan und Isolde
Tuesday, March 24 - Wagner's Das Rheingold
Conducted by James Levine, starring Wendy Bryn Harmer, Stephanie Blythe, Richard Croft, Gerhard Siegel, Dwayne Croft, Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens, and Hans-Peter König. Transmitted live on October 9, 2010.
Wednesday, March 25 - Wagner's Die Walküre
Thursday, March 26 - Wagner's Siegfried
Friday, March 27 - Wagner's Götterdämmerung
Saturday, March 28 - Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Sunday, March 29 - Wagner's Tannhäuser
Here is the schedule for the third week of streams:
Monday, March 30 - Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites
Tuesday, March 31 - Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Wednesday, April 1 - John Adams's Nixon in China
Thursday, April 2 - Verdi's Don Carlo
Friday, April 3 - Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Saturday, April 4 - Verdi's Macbeth
Sunday, April 5 - Bellini's Norma
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