The MET Opera Streams More Free Productions Online


Madama Butterfly; photo from the metopera.org

For the past few months, New York City’s Metropolitan Opera has been streaming their productions for free. In a statement on their website, the company says that “… during this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark.”

Every performance is only available for a 23-hour period, from 7:30pm EDT (7:30am Philippine time) until 6:30pm (6:30am Philippine time) the next day on their company website. The weekly line-up includes performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions.

The streaming will be on its 31st week this August 3-9. You can find this week’s complete line-up below.

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Monday, August 3
Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Starring Ying Huang, Erika Miklósa, Matthew Polenzani, Nathan Gunn, and René Pape, conducted by James Levine. From December 30, 2006.

Tuesday, August 4
Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Starring Erin Morley, Hibla Gerzmava, Kate Lindsey, Christine Rice, Vittorio Grigolo, and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Yves Abel. From January 31, 2015.

Wednesday, August 5
Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra
Starring Kiri Te Kanawa, Plácido Domingo, Vladimir Chernov, and Robert Lloyd, conducted by James Levine. From January 26, 1995.

Thursday, August 6
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Starring Kristine Opolais, Maria Zifchak, Roberto Alagna, and Dwayne Croft, conducted by Karel Mark Chichon. From April 2, 2016.

Friday, August 7
Wagner’s Parsifal
Starring Waltraud Meier, Siegfried Jerusalem, Bernd Weikl, and Kurt Moll, conducted by James Levine. From March 28, 1992.

Saturday, August 8
Handel’s Agrippina
Starring Brenda Rae, Joyce DiDonato, Kate Lindsey, Iestyn Davies, Duncan Rock, and Matthew Rose, conducted by Harry Bicket. From February 29, 2020.

Sunday, August 9
Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Starring Hibla Gerzmava, Malin Byström, Serena Malfi, Paul Appleby, Simon Keenlyside, and Adam Plachetka, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From October 22, 2016.

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