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Renée Fleming in The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera
Photograph: Courtesy Ken HowardThe Merry Widow

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming free comic operas every night this week

The newest Met slate includes works by Rossini, Mozart and Verdi.

By
Adam Feldman
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Although the Metropolitan Opera has will remain closed until September 2021, the great opera house continues to stream complete productions from its extensive archives for free every night of the week. The lineup from October 19 through October 25 features comic works by composers including Rossini, Mozart, Verdi, Strauss and Lehár. Most of the operas were captured in high definition to be screened in movie theaters as part of the Met's Live in HD series.

The operas go live on the Met's website at 7:30pm EDT (12:30am BST) each night and remain accessible until 6:30pm EDT the next day. The productions can also be viewed on multiple devices with the Met Opera on Demand app. A full schedule for Week 32 is below.

Così fan tutte | Photograph: Ken Howard

This week's Met roster includes three operas by Gioachino Rossini: a 1997 production of La Cenerentola—starring mezzo superstar Cecilia Bartoli in the Cinderella role—and more recent performances of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Le Comte Ory, both of which star Juan Diego Flórez and Joyce DiDonato. Broadway's Kelli O'Hara appears in Lehár's The Merry Widow opposite Met favorite Renée Fleming as well as in a lively version of Mozart’s Così fan tutte set in 1950s Coney Island. Rounding out the week are Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier and a 1992 performance of Verdi's Falstaff with Paul Plishka. To choose among the offerings, consult the Met's thumbnail guide to this week's operas, or dive into the company's collection of articles and podcasts about them.

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Along with these nightly operas, the Met now also offers pay-per-view virtual concerts. The fifth of these—featuring American soprano Joyce DiDonato at the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum, Germany—streamed live last month and is available on demand through October 23; the sixth, in which Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja perform arias and duets at a chapel in Italy, premieres at 1pm EDT (6pm BST) on Saturday, October 24.

This week's Metropolitan Opera nightly streaming schedule:

Monday, October 19: Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Starring Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Peter Mattei, John Del Carlo and John Relyea. Conducted by Maurizio Benini. Transmitted live on March 24, 2007.

Tuesday, October 20: Lehár’s The Merry Widow
Starring Renée Fleming, Kelli O'Hara, Nathan Gunn, Alek Shrader and Thomas Allen. Conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Transmitted live on January 17, 2015.

Wednesday, October 21: Mozart’s Così fan tutte
Starring Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Kelli O'Hara, Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka and Christopher Maltman. Conducted by David Robertson. Transmitted live on March 31, 2018.

Thursday, October 22: Rossini’s La Cenerentola
Starring Cecilia Bartoli, Ramón Vargas, Simone Alaimo and Alessandro Corbelli. Conducted by James Levine. From October 27, 1997.

Friday, October 23: Verdi’s Falstaff
Starring Mirella Freni, Barbara Bonney, Marilyn Horne, Bruno Pola and Paul Plishka. Conducted by James Levine. From October 10, 1992.

Saturday, October 24: Rossini’s Le Comte Ory
Starring Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Susanne Resmark, Juan Diego Flórez, Stéphane Degout and Michele Pertusi. Conducted by Maurizio Benini. Transmitted live on April 9, 2011.

Sunday, October 25: Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier
Starring Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Erin Morley, Matthew Polenzani, Marcus Brück and Günther Groissböck. Conducted by Sebastian Weigle. Transmitted live on May 13, 2017.

Der Rosenkavalier | Photograph: Courtesy Ken Howard

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