Week of August 17: Lyric Commentaries for opera streaming and more!

Even from the comfort of your own home, you can still be enthralled by the magic of opera. In this edition of opera streaming, you will see productions from Glyndebourne, Opera Australia, Houston Grand Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and Teatro de la Maestranza. With opera streams that span the globe, there's an escape for every music lover.  

Lyric Opera Commentaries discuss the synopses, music, and some historical insights into the creation of the world's most beloved operas, and musical masterpieces you might've never seen or heard. 

View more Lyric Commentaries to make the most out of your opera streaming experience. 

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

Monday, August 17

Glyndebourne Festival
Dean: Hamlet

This production from Glyndebourne stars Allan Clayton, Barbara Hannigan, Sarah Connolly, Rod Gilfry, and Kim Begley, and was directed by Neil Armfield. Hamlet was conducted by Vladimir Jurowski in 2005. This opera stream will be available through August 22, 2020. 

Tuesday, August 18

Opera Australia
Poulenc: Dialogues of the Carmelites

This production from Opera Australia stars Dame Joan Sutherland, Lone Koppel, Isobel Buchanan, Anne Maree-McDonald, Heather Begg, Paul Ferris and Richard Greager, and was directed by Elijah Moshinsky. Dialogues of the Carmelites was conducted by Richard Bonynge in 1984. This opera stream will be available indefinitely. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2006/07 Season is by Roger Pines. 

Dialogues des Carmélites

By Francis Poulenc  

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 19

The Metropolitan Opera
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Anna Netrebko, Elena Maximova, Alexey Dolgov, Peter Mattei, and Štefan Kocán, and was directed by Deborah Warner. Eugene Onegin was conducted by Robin Ticciati on April 22, 2017. This opera stream will be available until 6:30pm on Thursday, August 20. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2016/17 Season is by Roger Pines. 

Eugene Onegin

by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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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Thursday, August 20

Teatro de la Maestranza
Rossini: The Barber of Seville

This production from Teatro de la Maestranza stars Michele Angelini, Renato Girolami, Marina Comparato, Davide Luciano, and Dmitry Ulyanov, and was directed by José Luis Castro. The Barber of Seville was conducted by Giuseppe Finzi, and made its online premiere on July 24, 2020. This opera stream will be available until January 24, 2021. 


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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Friday, August 21

Houston Grand Opera
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor 

This production from Houston Grand Opera stars Albina Shagimuratova, Scott Hendricks, Oren Gradus, Beau Gibson, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, and was directed by John Doyle. Lucia di Lammermoor was conducted by Antonino Fogliani in 2011. This radio broadcast will be available until September 21, 2020. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2016/17 Season is by Nicholas Ivor Martin. 

Lucia di Lammermoor

by Gaetano Donizetti

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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Saturday, August 22

Houston Grand Opera
Verdi: Masked Ball

This production from Houston Grand Opera stars Ramón Vargas, Tamara Wilson, Ewa Podles, Lyubov Petrova, and Carlo Guelfi, and was directed by Olivier Tambosi.  A Masked Ball was conducted by Patrick Summers in 2007. This radio broadcast will be available until September 2020. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2010/11 Season is by Nicholas Ivor Martin. 

A Masked Ball

By Giuseppe Verdi

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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Sunday, August 23

The Metropolitan Opera
Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Judith Blegen, Frederica von Stade, Jean Kraft, Rosalind Elias, and Michael Devlin, and was directed by Nathaniel MerrillHansel and Gretel was conducted by Thomas Fulton on December 25, 1982. This opera stream will be available until 6:30pm on Monday, August 24. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2012/13 Season is by Anthony Freud and Nicholas Ivor Martin. 

Hansel and Gretel

By Engelbert Humperdinck

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

Commentary by Anthony Freud and Nicholas Ivor Martin
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Photos: Robert Kusel, 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.