On March 13, the Metropolitan Opera announced it would be streaming encore presentations from its “Live in HD” performance recordings for free for the entirety of their closure due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“We’d like to provide some grand opera solace to opera lovers in these extraordinarily difficult times,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb in a video announcement. “Every night, we’ll be offering a different complete operatic gem from our collection of HD presentations from the past 14 years.”
General Manager Peter Gelb announced today that in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of performances, the Met will offer a nightly series of free web streams that will bring opera to audiences while the house is dark—beginning March 16 at 7:30PM ET. pic.twitter.com/M6QkDSelON— Metropolitan Opera (@MetOpera) March 13, 2020
Each new performance will be available starting at 7:30 p.m. ET each night and will be available until 3:30 p.m. ET the next day.
Below is Playbill’s full schedule of this week’s Met Opera streams, which begin tonight.
Monday, March 16: Bizet’s Carmen
- Starring Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. (Originally broadcast on January 16, 2010).
Tuesday, March 17: Puccini’s La Bohème
- Starring Angela Gheorghiu and Ramón Vargas, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. (Originally broadcast on April 5, 2008).
Wednesday, March 18: Verdi’s Il Trovatore
- Starring Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Marco Armiliato. (Originally broadcast on October 3, 2015).
Thursday, March 19: Verdi’s La Traviata
- Starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. (Originally broadcast on December 15, 2018).
Friday, March 20: Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment
- Starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez, Conducted by Marco Armiliato. (Originally broadcast on April 26, 2008).
Saturday, March 21: Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
- Starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała, and Mariusz Kwiecien, conducted by Marco Armiliato. (Originally broadcast on February 7, 2009).
Sunday, March 22: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
- Starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Valery Gergiev. (Originally broadcast on February 24, 2007).