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The Metropolitan Opera is streaming French operas every night this week

The Met's newest free lineup includes works by Massenet, Bizet, Gounod and Berlioz

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The Metropolitan Opera is currently closed for the rest of 2020, but the company is continuing to stream full productions from its archives every night of the week. The lineup from September 7 through September 13 focuses exclusively on works by French composers, including Jules Massenet, Charles Gounod, Georges Bizet and Hector Berlioz. All seven operas were recorded in high definition for cinematic release in the Met's Live in HD series. (Click here to see the Met's schedule for October 12 through October 18.)

The streams go live on the Met's website at 7:30pm EDT (12:30am BST) and stay available until 6:30pm EDT the next day. They can also be watched via the Met Opera on Demand app. A full schedule for Week 26 is below.

Les Troyens | Photograph: Cory Weaver

Bookending the lineup are two operas by Massenet: Manon on Monday, starring the great Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, and Werther on Sunday, with the heartthrob German tenor Jonas Kaufmann. Between them, on Thursday, Joyce DiDonato stars in Massenet's Cinderella story, Cendrillon. Also on the roster are two striking productions of works by Berlioz—Robert Lepage's staging of La Damnation de Faust and Francesca Zambello's epic Les Troyens—as well as soprano Diana Damrau in operas by Gounod and Bizet. To help you choose what to see, the Met provides a handy quick-reference guide as well as a collection of more detailed articles and podcasts.

In addition to its nightly streams of full productions, the Met also offers a new series of live pay-per-view virtual concerts every other week. The fourth of these, in which the Norwegian dramatic soprano Lise Davidsen sings from the Oscarshall Palace in Oslo, is available through September 10; the fifth, featuring American soprano Joyce DiDonato in Barcelona, premieres at 1pm EDT (6pm BST) on Saturday, September 12.

This week's Metropolitan Opera nightly streaming schedule:

Monday, September 7: Massenet’s Manon
Starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała, Paulo Szot and David Pittsinger. Conducted by Fabio Luisi. Transmitted live on April 7, 2012. 

Tuesday, September 8: Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette
Starring Diana Damrau, Vittorio Grigolo, Elliot Madore and Mikhail Petrenko. Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Transmitted live on January 21, 2017.

Wednesday, September 9: Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust
Starring Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani and John Relyea. Conducted by James Levine. Transmitted live on November 22, 2008.

Thursday, September 10: Massenet’s Cendrillon
Starring Joyce DiDonato, Kathleen Kim, Alice Coote, Stephanie Blythe, and Laurent Naouri, conducted by Bertrand de Billy. Transmitted live on April 28, 2018.

Friday, September 11: Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Starring Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecień and Nicolas Testé. Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Transmitted live on January 16, 2016.

Saturday, September 12: Berlioz’s Les Troyens
Starring Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Karen Cargill, Bryan Hymel, Eric Cutler, Dwayne Croft and Kwangchul Youn. Conducted by Fabio Luisi. Transmitted live on January 5, 2013.

Sunday, September 13: Massenet’s Werther
Starring Jonas Kaufmann, Lisette Oropesa, Sophie Koch, David Bižić and Jonathan Summers. Conducted by Alain Altinoglu. Transmitted live on March 15, 2014.

RECOMMENDED: Our day-by-day roundup of the best theater, opera and dance to stream online 

Cendrillon | Photograph: Courtesy Ken Howard

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