Free online Met Opera productions

A scene from the majestic Met Opera 2018 production of Verdi’s Aida, available to stream free online on April 6, for a period of 23 hours.

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BY BILLY SUTER

FANS of opera have a feast of free daily viewing on offer from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, which, as a consequence of global lockdowns arising from the Coronavirus, has made its high-definition, filmed-live-on-stage operas available free online.

“During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website,” a spokesman reports on the Met website.

Each opera performance is available for a period of 23 hours, from 7.30pm EDT until 6.30pm the following day. Click here to reach the site: https://www.metopera.org/season/on-demand/

The schedule, finalised until April 12 at this stage, includes outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.

The streams are also available through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV. To access them without logging in, click “Browse and Preview” in the apps for connected TV, and “Explore the App” on tablets and mobile devices.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been tuning in daily to our free performance streams, and many of them have kindly been asking how they can help the Met during this economically perilous time. In response, we have added a “Donate Now” button below,” the spokesman adds.

The opera offerings have included a 2019 production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites on March 30, which was followed by a 2007 production of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia on March 31 and a 2011 production of Nixon in China on April 1.

This is the programme for the remainder of the current schedule:

Thursday, April 2
Verdi’s Don Carlo
Starring Marina Poplavskaya, Roberto Alagna, Simon Keenlyside and Ferruccio Furlanetto. Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From December 11, 2010.

Friday, April 3
Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles 
Starring Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien. Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. From January 16, 2016.

Saturday, April 4
Verdi’s Macbeth
Starring Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Željko Lučić and René Pap. Conducted by Fabio Luisi. From October 11, 2014.

Sunday, April 5
Bellini’s Norma
Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja and Matthew Rose. Conducted by Carlo Rizzi. From October 7, 2017.

Monday, April 6
Verdi’s Aida
Starring Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Quinn Kelsey, Dmitry Belosselskiy and Ryan Speedo Green. Conducted by Nicola Luisotti. From October 6, 2018.

Tuesday, April 7
Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West
Starring Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani and Lucio Gallo. Conducted by Nicola Luisotti. From January 8, 2011.

Wednesday, April 8
Verdi’s Falstaff
Starring Lisette Oropesa, Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Paolo Fanale, Ambrogio Maestri and Franco Vassallo. Conducted by James Levine. From December 14, 2013.

Thursday, April 9
Wagner’s Parsifal
Starring Katarina Dalayman, Jonas Kaufmann, Peter Mattei, Evgeny Nikitin and René Pape. Conducted by Daniele Gatti. From March 2, 2013.

Friday, April 10
Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette
Starring Diana Damrau, Vittorio Grigolo, Elliot Madore and Mikhail Petrenko. Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. From January 21, 2017.

Saturday, April 11
Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
Starring Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien and John Del Carlo.Conducted by James Levine. From November 13, 2010.

Sunday, April 12
Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte
Starring Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Kelli O’Hara, Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka and Christopher Maltman. Conducted by David Robertson. From March 31, 2018.


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