Week four: Lyric Commentaries for Met Opera Nightly Streams

On April 6, 2020 The Metropolitan Opera is continuing their free nightly opera streams with a fourth week of favorites. Enjoy the magic of opera from your living room!

The Met Opera productions are different from those that you have seen at Lyric, but feature many singers you’ve seen and heard on our stage. This week you will enjoy Deborah Voigt, Ben Bliss, Anna Netrebko, Adam Plachetka, Stephanie Blythe, Mariusz Kwiecien, and many more including Lyric favorites and Ryan Opera Center alumni Quinn Kelsey, Matthew Polenzani, and Amanda Majeski.

This week you have two chances to see  Mozart's Così fan tutte. Our friends at the Royal Opera House will be streaming their 2010 production on Friday, April 10. 

To get the most out of these operas, learn more about them before you watch! Below are free Lyric Opera Commentaries. Each one discusses 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 commentaries, 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, April 6 – Verdi: Aida

Starring Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Quinn Kelsey, Dmitry Belosselskiy, and Ryan Speedo Green, conducted by Nicola Luisotti on October 6, 2018.

The Lyric Commentary is from the 2011|12 season and is read and written by Roger Pines.

Aida

By Giuseppe Verdi

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

Commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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Tuesday, April 7 – Puccini: La Fanciulla del West

Starring Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani, and Lucio Gallo, conducted by Nicola Luisotti on January 8, 2011.

The commentary from the 2010|11 season is presented by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin.

La Fanciulla del West

By Giacomo Puccini

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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Thursday, April 9 – Wagner: Parsifal

Starring Katarina Dalayman, Jonas Kaufmann, Peter Mattei, Evgeny Nikitin, and René Pape, conducted by Daniele Gatti on March 2, 2013.

The commentary from the 2013|14 season is presented by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin.

Parsifal

By Richard Wagner

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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Friday, April 10 – Gounod: Roméo et Juliette

Starring Diana Damrau, Vittorio Grigolo, Elliot Madore, and Mikhail Petrenko, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda on January 21, 2017.

The commentary from the 2015|16 season is written and read by Roger Pines. 

Romeo and Juliet

by Charles Gounod

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

Commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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Sunday, April 12 – Mozart: Così fan tutte

The Met's production stars Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Kelli O’Hara, Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka, and Christopher Maltma. This production is conducted by David Robertson and took place on March 31, 2018. 

The Royal Opera House will be streaming their 2010 production of Così fan tutte on Friday, April 10. 

The Lyric Commentary is from the 2017|18 season and is written and read by Nicholas Ivor Martin. 

Così fan tutte

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 Nicholas Ivor Martin
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Photos: Dan Rest, Todd Rosenberg

Music used in Lyric Commentaries is provided courtesy of Warner Classics, the Official Education and Promotion Music Provider of Lyric Opera of Chicago.