The Metropolitan Opera has closed its doors for the rest of the year, but the great opera house continues to stream recordings of whole past productions for free this week. The lineup from June 15 through June 21 includes works by Philip Glass, Verdi, Rossini and Gluck. Most of the productions were recorded for cinematic release in the Met's Live in HD series. (Click here to see the Met's schedule for July 6 through July 12.)
The Nightly Met Opera Streams go live on the Met's website at 7:30pm EDT (12:30am BST) every day, and can also be viewed though the Met Opera on Demand app. Each production stays up until 6:30pm EDT the following day. A full schedule for Week 14 is below.
This weekend's lineup presents two biographical works by the American minimalist composer Philip Glass: Akhnaten, which stars countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo as the quasi-monotheistic Pharaoh Amenhotep IV, who was all but erased from ancient Egyptian history after his death; and Satyagraha, which stars Richard Croft as the 20th-century Indian peace activist and martyr Mahatma Gandhi. The slate also includes a pre-HD 1984 recording of the great Leontyne Price in Giuseppe Verdi's La Forza del Destino, which will run for two days in honor of Juneteenth, as well as two operas by Gioachino Rossini and one by Christoph Willibald Gluck. To decide what to watch, consult the Met's useful quickie guide and its more in-depth assortment of articles and podcasts.
This week's Metropolitan Opera Live in HD schedule:
Monday, June 15: Rossini’s Armida
Starring Renée Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee, John Osborn, Barry Banks and Kobie van Rensburg. Conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Transmitted live on May 1, 2010.
Tuesday, June 16: Rossini’s Semiramide
Starring Angela Meade, Elizabeth DeShong, Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov and Ryan Speedo Green. Conducted by Maurizio Benini. Transmitted live on March 10, 2018.
Wednesday, June 17: Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride
Starring Susan Graham, Plácido Domingo and Paul Groves. Conducted by Patrick Summers. Transmitted live on February 26, 2011.
Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19: Verdi’s La Forza del Destino
Starring Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Giacomini, Leo Nucci and Bonaldo Giaiotti. Conducted by James Levine. Transmitted live on March 24, 1984.
Saturday, June 20: Philip Glass’s Akhnaten
Starring Dísella Lárusdóttir, J'Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Aaron Blake, Will Liverman, Richard Bernstein and Zachary James. Conducted by Karen Kamensek. Transmitted live on November 23, 2019.
Sunday, June 21: Philip Glass’s Satyagraha
Starring Rachelle Durkin, Richard Croft, Kim Josephson and Alfred Walker. Conducted by Dante Anzolini. Transmitted live on November 19, 2011.
La Forza del Destino | Photograph: Met Archives
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