Week of August 3: Lyric Commentaries for opera streaming and more!

This week in opera streaming, we have quite the line up for you. With radio broadcasts from across the pond at the Royal Opera House, selections from the Metropolitan Opera, a vintage world-class production featuring Dame Joan Sutherland from Opera Australia, and a concert series from Santa Fe Opera, you have plenty of opportunities to stream your opera favorites this week! 

Lyric Opera Commentaries discuss the synopses, music, and some historical insights into how each piece was created. It’s like a Pre-Opera Talk you can hear at home!

Enjoy the background and enjoy the operas! View more Lyric Commentaries to enhance your weekly opera streaming. 

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Monday, August 3

Glyndebourne Festival
Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

This production from Glyndebourne stars Topi Lehtipuu, Matthew Rose and Miah Persson, and was directed by John Cox. The Rake's Progress was conducted by Vladimir Jurowski in 2010. This opera stream will be available through August 9, 2020. 

This production designed by David Hockney will be part of Lyric's upcoming 2021 Season. Visit our
production page to learn more. 

Royal Opera House
Rossini: The Barber of Seville

This production from the Royal Opera House stars Vito Priante, Daniela Mack, Javier Camarena, and Jose Fardilha, and was directed by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier in 2016. The Barber of Seville was conducted by Henrik Nánási, and will be available through August 7, 2020. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2019/20 Season is by Nicholas Ivor Martin. 

The Barber of Seville

By Gioachino Rossini

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin
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Tuesday, August 4

The Metropolitan Opera
Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Erin Morley, Hibla Gerzmava, Kate Lindsey, Christine Rice, Vittorio Grigolo, and Thomas Hampson, and was directed by Bartlett Sher. Les Contes d’Hoffmann was conducted by Yves Abel on January 31, 2015. This opera stream will be available until 6:30pm on Wednesday, August 5. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2011/12 Season is by Roger Pines. 

Les Contes d’Hoffmann

By Jacques Offenbach

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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Wednesday, August 5

Royal Opera House
Puccini: La bohème

This production from the Royal Opera House stars Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano, Mariusz Kwiecień, and Simona Mihai, and was directed by Richard Jones in 2017. La bohème was conducted by Antonio Pappano, and will be available through August 15, 2020. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2018/19 Season is by Wynne Delacoma. 

La bohème

by Giacomo Puccini

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Wynne Delacoma
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Thursday, August 6

Santa Fe Opera
Songs from the Santa Fe Opera: Rusalka 

Hosted by soprano Amanda Echalaz, this episode of "Songs from the Santa Fe Opera" features selections from Antonín Dvořák's Rusalka. Lyric favorite Ailyn Pérez performs with pianist Robert Tweten, followed by a conversation with Music Director Harry Bicket, Pérez, and Sir David Pountney. 

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Friday, August 7

Opera Australia
Donizetti: The Daughter of the Regiment

This production from Opera Australia stars Dame Joan Sutherland and Anson Austin, and was directed by Sandro Sequi. The Daughter of the Regiment was conducted in 1986 by Richard Bonynge. 

Saturday, August 8

The Metropolitan Opera
Handel: Agrippina 

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Brenda Rae, Joyce DiDonato, Kate Lindsey, Iestyn Davies, Duncan Rock, and Matthew Rose, and was directed by Sir David McVicar. Agrippina was conducted by Harry Bicket on February 29, 2020. This opera stream will be available until 6:30pm on Sunday, August 9. 

Sunday, August 9

The Metropolitan Opera
Mozart: Don Giovanni

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Hibla Gerzmava, Malin Byström, Serena Malfi, Paul Appleby, Simon Keenlyside, and Adam Plachetka, and was directed by Michael Grandage. Don Giovanni was conducted by Fabio Luisi on October 22, 2016. This opera stream will be available until 6:30pm on Monday, August 10. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2019/20 Season is by Martha Nussbaum. 

Don Giovanni

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Martha Nussbaum
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Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Dan Rest, Todd Rosenberg

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