The Metropolitan Opera’s Nightly Live Streams

The Metropolitan Opera House in New York is renowned for its grandeur and modern yet classic repertoire. To help keep you entertained in lockdown, they’ve debuted a new weekly live streaming series – Live in HD. Don’t miss out on this week’s spectacular lineup of shows. 


What Is It?

In response to the global pandemic crisis, the Metropolitan Opera has yet again turned to technological advances to bring their shows to the world. Since late March, they have been offering free nightly live streams of their most popular productions via their website. The streams are also available through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV.

The nightly Met Opera streams kick off at 19:30 EDT, until 18:30 the following day. Seeing that Johannesburg is six hours ahead of New York, this translates to 01:30 in the morning for us! Of course, if you are still awake at that time, go right ahead. But, for those of us working from home or with young children, it may be best to get your fill of world-class opera later on in the day.

With its physical theatre facing closure for another few months, they will be continuing with the Live in HD series through May and into June 2020. Here’s what’s on the Met: Live in HD programme for the next few weeks:

Week 11 

Monday, 25 May 2020
Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust
Starring Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani and John Relyea, conducted by James Levine. Performed on 22 November 2008.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Verdi’s Ernani
Starring Angela Meade, Marcello Giordani, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Performed on 25 February 2012.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Puccini’s Manon Lescaut
Starring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo and Pablo Elvira, conducted by James Levine. Performed on 29 March 1980.

Thursday, 28 May 2020
Berlioz’s Les Troyens
Starring Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Bryan Hymel and Dwayne Croft, conducted by Fabio Luisi. Performed on 5 January 2013.

Friday, 29 May 2020
Viewers’ Choice: Bellini’s La Sonnambula
Starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez, conducted by Evelino Pidò. Performed on 21 March 2009.

Saturday, 30 May 2020
Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore
Starring Pretty Yende, Matthew Polenzani, Davide Luciano and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, conducted by Domingo Hindoyan. Performed on 10 February 2018.

Sunday, 31 May 2020
Strauss’s Salome
Starring Karita Mattila, Ildikó Komlósi, Kim Begley, Joseph Kaiser and Juha Uusitalo, conducted by Patrick Summers. Performed on 11 October 2008.

Puccini’s Turandot (2019)

Week 12

Monday, 1 June 2020
Bellini’s I Puritani
Starring Anna Netrebko, Eric Cutler, Franco Vassallo and John Relyea, conducted by Patrick Summers. Performed on 6 January 2007.

Tuesday, 2 June 2020
Berg’s Lulu
Starring Marlis Petersen, Susan Graham, Daniel Brenna, Paul Groves, Johan Reuter and Franz Grundheber, conducted by Lothar Koenigs. Performed on 21 November 2015.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice
Starring Danielle de Niese, Heidi Grant Murphy and Stephanie Blythe, conducted by James Levine. Performed on 24 January 2009.

Thursday, 4 June 2020
Puccini’s Tosca
Starring Shirley Verrett, Luciano Pavarotti and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by James Conlon. Performed on 19 December 1978.

Friday, 5 June 2020
Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel
Starring Audrey Luna, Amanda Echalaz, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Frédéric Antoun, David Portillo, David Adam Moore, Rod Gilfry, Kevin Burdette, Christian Van Horn and John Tomlinson, conducted by Thomas Adès. Performed on 18 November 2017.

Saturday, 6 June 2020
Verdi’s Otello
Starring Sonya Yoncheva, Aleksandrs Antonenko and Željko Lučić, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Performed on 17 October 2015.

Sunday, 7 June 2020
Massenet’s Thaïs
Starring Renée Fleming, Michael Schade and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Jesús López-Cobos. Performed on 20 December 2008.

Metropolitan Opera
Lohengrin (1986)

When Is It?

Until 07 June 2020. 

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For More Information

Visit the Metropolitan Opera website for more information. You can also follow their social media pages to keep up to date with the latest news:





Click here for the Met’s weekly guide to their Live in HD shows, complete with original playbills and insightful ‘behind-the-curtain’ pieces.

Please note: online events are subject to change, be cancelled or postponed at any given time. Please visit the organiser’s social platforms to confirm if this event is still happening. 

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