Week eight: Lyric Commentaries for Met Opera Nightly Streams

Begin the month of May on a high note with week eight of Metropolitan Opera's Nightly Streams!

Prepare yourself for the upcoming season with The Marriage of Figaro streaming on Monday evening and Cavalleria rusticanaPagliacci streaming on Sunday to bookend your first full week of May. You'll also have the chance to revisit the 18/19 Season's beloved La bohème streaming on Friday night. Renée Fleming returns for another week alongside Lyric favorites Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens and Patricia Racette.  

To help you get the most out of these operas, Lyric Opera Commentaries discuss the synopsis, music, and some historical insight into how each piece was created. It’s like a Pre-Opera Talk you can enjoy at home!

Enjoy the background, and enjoy the operas! View more Lyric commentaries that enhance the Met's Nightly Streams. 

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

Monday, May 4 – Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Starring Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Susanne Mentzer, Dwayne Croft, and Sir Bryn Terfel, conducted by James Levine on November 11, 1998.

The Lyric Commentary is from the 2015|16 season and is read and written by Colin Ure.  

The Marriage of Figaro

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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

Commentary by Colin Ure
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Tuesday, May 5 – Thomas: Hamlet

Starring Marlis Petersen, Jennifer Larmore, Simon Keenlyside, and James Morris, conducted by Louis Langrée on March 27, 2010.

The Lyric Commentary is from the 1989|90 season and is read and written by Alfred Glasser, former education director at Lyric. 

Hamlet

By Ambroise Thomas

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

Commentary by Alfred Glasser, former education director at Lyric
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[The ending] outraged English-speaking audiences...for the London premiere, they decided to change the ending

Albert Glasser in his commentary on Thomas' Hamlet

Wednesday, May 6 – Saariaho: L’Amour de Loin

Starring Susanna Phillips, Tamara Mumford, and Eric Owens, conducted by Susanna Mälkki on December 10, 2016. Lyric Commentary not available for this title. 

Thursday, May 7 – Strauss: Capriccio

Starring Renée Fleming, Sarah Connolly, Joseph Kaiser, Russell Braun, Morten Frank Larsen, and Peter Rose, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis on  April 23, 2011.

The Lyric Commentary is from the 2014|15 season and is read by Sir Andrew Davis and written by Nicholas Ivor Martin. 

Capriccio

By Richard Strauss

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

Commentary read by Sir Andrew Davis with written assistance by Nicholas Ivor Martin
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Friday, May 8 – Puccini: La Bohème

Starring Renata Scotto and Luciano Pavarotti, conducted by James Levine on March 15, 1977. 

The Lyric Commentary is from the 2018|19 season and is read and written by Wynne Delacoma. 

La bohème

by Giacomo Puccini

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

Commentary by Wynne Delacoma
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Saturday, May 9 – A documentary: The Opera House 

Enjoy this 2017 feature-length documentary by Susan Froemke about the creation and 1966 opening of the new Met at Lincoln Center. 

Sunday, May 10 – Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana & Leoncavallo: Pagliacci

Cavalleria rusticana stars Eva-Maria Westbroek, Marcelo Álvarez, and George Gagnidze. Pagliacci stars Patricia Racette, Marcelo Álvarez, and George Gagnidze. Both productions were conducted by Fabio Luisi on April 25, 2015.

The Lyric Commentary is from the 2008|09 season and is read by Sir Andrew Davis and written by Nicholas Ivor Martin.   

Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

By Pietro Mascagni & Ruggero Leoncavallo

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

Commentary by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin
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