In lockdown with The Met Opera

If you are looking for ways to make the long lockdown go faster, The Metropolitan Opera in New York is digging into its archives and streaming some of its most popular productions FREE between 3-12 April.

If you have never been to the opera – or think you don’t like it – this is a great way to get acclimatised. I visit the opera season at Verona in Italy every year – and this year visited La Scala in Milan. Hearing a live orchestra and singers is the most exhilarating experience.

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Maria Callas made her debut at Arena di Verona and debuted at The Met in Norma in 1956

You can dip your toe into opera at the Met website. Toi, toi, toi! Or good luck!

Here is the schedule from 3-12 April:

Friday, April 3
Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles 
Starring Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecien, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. From January 16, 2016.

Saturday, April 4
Verdi’s Macbeth
Starring Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Željko Lučić, and René Pape, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From October 11, 2014.

Sunday, April 5
Bellini’s Norma
Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja, and Matthew Rose, conducted by Carlo Rizzi. From October 7, 2017.

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Orchestra in place at Arena di Verona, hard at work

 

Week 4

Monday, April 6
Verdi’s Aida
Starring Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Quinn Kelsey, Dmitry Belosselskiy, and Ryan Speedo Green, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. From October 6, 2018.

Tuesday, April 7
Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West
Starring Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani, and Lucio Gallo, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. From January 8, 2011.

Wednesday, April 8
Verdi’s Falstaff
Starring Lisette Oropesa, Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Paolo Fanale, Ambrogio Maestri, and Franco Vassallo, conducted by James Levine. From December 14, 2013.

Thursday, April 9
Wagner’s Parsifal
Starring Katarina Dalayman, Jonas Kaufmann, Peter Mattei, Evgeny Nikitin, and René Pape, conducted by Daniele Gatti. From March 2, 2013.

Friday, April 10
Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette
Starring Diana Damrau, Vittorio Grigolo, Elliot Madore, and Mikhail Petrenko, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. From January 21, 2017.

Saturday, April 11
Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
Starring Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo, conducted by James Levine. From November 13, 2010.

Sunday, April 12
Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte
Starring Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Kelli O’Hara, Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka, and Christopher Maltman, conducted by David Robertson. From March 31, 2018.

 

Let’s also send our thoughts to all those in New York and across the world battling coronavirus and those caring for others, including all the workers helping to keep daily life running while the world is in lockdown. You are all our heroes.

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Lincoln Centre, New York (Image by Predrag Kezic from Pixabay)
Images A. Meredith except where stated

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