Week ten: Lyric Commentaries for opera streaming and more!

This week, in addition to our weekly commentaries to supplement your time watching the Met's Nightly Streams, we're also highlighting our friends at the Royal Opera House who are continuing their streaming series #OurHousetoYourHouse with some productions you've recently seen on Lyric's stage. 

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.

Royal Opera House's #OurHousetoYourHouse series

Revisit our 2018/19 Season this week with our friends at the Royal Opera House as they continue their #OurHousetoYourHouse series.  Supplement your time watching Massenet's Cendrillon, and Verdi's La traviata with our previous production pages filled with photos, musical highlights, commentaries, and program articles. 

You'll also have the special opportunity to watch The Royal Ballet's The Metamorphosis and Anastasia. 

WATCH NOW!

Wednesday, May 20 – Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera

Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Kathleen Kim, Stephanie Blythe, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Fabio Luisi on December 8, 2012.

The Lyric Commentary is from the 2010|11 season and is by Sir Andrew Davis. 

Un Ballo in Maschera

By Giuseppe Verdi

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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Thursday, May 21 – Puccini: Turandot

Starring Christine Goerke, Eleonora Buratto, Yusif Eyvazov, and James Morris, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin on October 12, 2019.

The Lyric Commentary is from the 2017|18 season and is by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Jack Zimmerman. 

Turandot

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 Jack Zimmerman
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Friday, May 22 – Mozart: Don Giovanni

Starring Joan Sutherland, James Morris, and Gabriel Bacquier, conducted by Richard Bonynge. From March 16, 1978.

The Lyric Commentary is from the 2019|20 season and is by Martha Nussbaum.

In addition to the Lyric Commentary, we invite you to revisit our production page for musical highlights, production photos, and program articles. 

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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Saturday, May 23 – Gounod: Faust 

Starring Marina Poplavskaya, Jonas Kaufmann, and René Pape, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin on December 10, 2011.

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

Faust

by Charles Gounod

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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Sunday, May 24 – Massenet: Manon

Starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała, and Paulo Szot, conducted by Fabio Luisi on April 7, 2012.

The Lyric Commentary is from the 2008|09 season and is by Roger Pines.  

Manon

By Jules Massenet

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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