Week of August 31: Lyric Commentaries for opera streaming and more!

Welcome to the first week of September! Begin your month on a high note with opera streams from Glyndebourne Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Australia, and Houston Grand Opera. Be sure to also save the date for our upcoming virtual concert, For the Love of Lyric, featuring your favorite singers performing hits from opera, Broadway, and more! 

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 experienced. 

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 31

Glyndebourne Festival
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

This production from Glyndebourne stars Marco Jentzsch, Anna Gabler, Michaela Selinger, and Topi Lehtipuu, and was directed by Sir David McVicar. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg was conducted by Vladimir Jurowski in 2011. This opera stream will be available through September 5, 2020. This production was seen at Lyric in the 2012/13 Season. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2012/13 Season is by Sir Andrew Davis and Nicholas Ivor Martin. 

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

By Richard Wagner

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

Commentary by Sir Andrew Davis and Nicholas Ivor Martin
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The Metropolitan Opera
Strauss: Elektra 

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Nina Stemme, Adrianne Pieczonka, Waltraud Meier, Burkhard Ulrich, and Eric Owens, and was directed by Patrice Chéreau. Elektra was conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen on April 30, 2016. This opera stream will be available until Tuesday, September 1 at 6:30pm. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2018/19 Season is by Nicholas Ivor Martin. 

Elektra

by Richard Strauss

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, September 1

LA Opera
Living Room Recital: Ana María Martínez 

Recently triumphant in the title role of Madama Butterfly during Lyric's 2019/20 Season, soprano Ana María Martínez performs "Song to the Moon" from Rusalka, along with a selection of Spanish songs for LA Opera's Living Room Recital series. This recital premiered on Tuesday, August 25, and will be available for streaming through Sunday, September 6, 2020. 


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Wednesday, September 2

Opera Australia
Bizet: Carmen

This production from Opera Australia stars Victoria Vergara, Neil Rosenshein, and Deborah Riedel and was directed by John Copley. Carmen was conducted by Richard Bonynge in 1991. This opera stream will be available indefinitely.

Lyric Commentary from the 2016/17 Season is by Jack Zimmerman. 

Carmen

by Georges Bizet

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

Commentary by Jack Zimmerman
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Thursday, September 3

Houston Grand Opera
Saint-Saëns: Samson and Delilah

This production from Houston Grand Opera stars Sergej Larin, Denyce Graves, and Joshua Winograde, and was directed by Nicolas Joel. Samson and Delilah was conducted by Philippe Jordan in 2002. This radio broadcast will be available until September 7, 2020. 

The Metropolitan Opera
Berg: Lulu

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Marlis Petersen, Susan Graham, Daniel Brenna, Paul Groves, Johan Reuter, and Franz Grundheber, and was directed by William Kentridge. Lulu was conducted by Lothar Koenigs on November 21, 2015. This opera stream will be available Friday, September 4 at 6:30pm. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2008/09 Season is by Sir Andrew Davis and Nicholas Ivor Martin. 

Lulu

By Alban Berg

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

Commentary by Sir Andrew Davis and Nicholas Ivor Martin
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Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5

The Metropolitan Opera
Gershwin: Porgy & Bess

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Angel Blue, Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Eric Owens, Alfred Walker, and Donovan Singletary, and was directed by James Robinson. Porgy & Bess was conducted by David Robinson on February 1, 2020. This stream will be available until Sunday, September 6 at 6:30pm. 

Sunday, September 6

The Metropolitan Opera
Adès: The Tempest

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Audrey Luna, Isabel Leonard, Iestyn Davies, Alek Shrader, Alan Oke, William Burden, Toby Spence, and Simon Keenlyside, and was directed by Robert Lepage. The Tempest was conducted by Thomas Adès on November 12, 2012. This opera stream will be available until Monday, September 7 at 6:30pm. 

Photos: Robert Kusel, Dan Rest, Todd Rosenberg, Cory Weaver

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