The Met expands its livestreams to offer 3 weeks of free operas

The Met expands its livestreams to offer 3 weeks of free operas

The Metropolitan Opera announced on Saturday that it will be expanding its “Nightly Met Opera Streams” program to offer more titles and a longer streaming period. The newly added operas — which include “Dialogue des Carmélites,” “Macbeth” and “Nixon in China” — grant audiences three full weeks of performances, all pulled from the Met’s “Live in HD” simulcast series.

The streams begin every night at 7:30 p.m. and will be available on the Met’s website for 23 hours — a change from the previously announced 20-hour time period.

“We’d like to provide some grand opera solace to opera lovers in these extraordinarily difficult times,” said Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, in a statement. “Every night, we’ll be offering a different complete operatic gem from our collection of HD presentations from the past 14 years.”

Beyond the walls of the Met, some of the organization’s musicians have also turned to online spaces to remain in touch with audiences. In the wake of coronavirus closures, members of the Met Orchestra Musicians have joined together to share videos from home under the hashtag #MusicConnectsUs. In a post, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s music director, shared details of the series, which will live on social media and on the Met Orchestra Musicians site.

“Music connects us, and we want to continue sharing it from our home,” Nézet-Séguin said. He added that the videos offer audiences the chance to “discover the life behind the musician.”

Last week, the Met announced that the remainder of its 2019-20 season, set to run through May 9, was cancelled. The statement indicated that full-time union employees will have pay through March 31, with health care covered for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. Gelb stated that he will forgo his entire salary, while certain members of the administrative staff are taking pay reductions.

Of this week’s upcoming “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” Gelb said in the announcement: “Next week’s schedule of transmissions is all Wagner, with fitting themes of destruction and redemption.”

Find the full schedule of the “Nightly Met Opera Streams” below:

Monday, March 23 – Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde”
Conducted by Simon Rattle, starring Nina Stemme, Ekaterina Gubanova, Stuart Skelton, Evgeny Nikitin and René Pape. Transmitted live on Oct. 8, 2016.

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 Oct. 9, 2010.

Wednesday, March 25 – Wagner’s “Die Walküre”
Conducted by James Levine, starring Deborah Voigt, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel and Hans-Peter König. Transmitted live on May 14, 2011.

Thursday, March 26 – Wagner’s “Siegfried”
Conducted by Fabio Luisi, starring Deborah Voigt, Hunter Morris, Gerhard Siegel, Bryn Terfel and Eric Owens. Transmitted live on Nov. 5, 2011.

Friday, March 27 – Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung”
Conducted by Fabio Luisi, starring Deborah Voigt, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Waltraud Meier, Jay Hunter Morris, Iain Paterson, Eric Owens and Hans-Peter König. Transmitted live on Feb. 11, 2012.

Saturday, March 28 – Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”
Conducted by James Levine, starring Annette Dasch, Johan Botha, Paul Appleby and Michael Volle. Transmitted live on Dec. 13, 2014.

Sunday, March 29 – Wagner’s “Tannhäuser”
Conducted by James Levine, starring Eva-Marie Westbroek, Michelle DeYoung, Johan Botha, Peter Mattei and Gunther Groissböck. Transmitted live on Oct. 31, 2015.

Monday, March 30 – Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites”
Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Isabel Leonard, Adrianne Pieczonka and Karita Mattila. Transmitted live on May 11, 2019.

Tuesday, March 31 – Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”
Conducted by Maurizio Benini, starring Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez and Peter Mattei. Transmitted live on March 24, 2007.

Wednesday, April 1 – John Adams’s “Nixon in China”
Conducted by John Adams, starring Janis Kelly and James Maddalena. Transmitted live on Feb. 12, 2011.

Thursday, April 2 – Verdi’s “Don Carlo”
Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Marina Poplavskaya, Roberto Alagna, Simon Keenlyside and Ferruccio Furlanetto. Transmitted live Dec. 11, 2010.

Friday, April 3 – Bizet’s “Les Pêcheurs de Perles”
Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, starring Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien. Transmitted live Jan. 16, 2016.

Saturday, April 4 – Verdi’s “Macbeth”
Conducted by Fabio Luisi, starring Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Željko Lučić and René Pape. Transmitted live Oct. 11, 2014.

Sunday, April 5 – Bellini’s “Norma”
Conducted by Carlo Rizzi, starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja and Matthew Rose. Transmitted live Oct. 17, 2017.