While the Met Opera is closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it continues to offer extraordinary entertainment through its Nightly Opera Streams. The performances, originally captured as live broadcasts, begin at 7:30 PM on the company’s website.
'L'Elisir d'Amore' by Donizetti
Wed, Oct 14
As intoxicating as the cheap wine passed off by a traveling huckster as the potent love potion of the title, Donizetti’s delightful comedy enchants the audience with slapstick humor and its charming lead couple: a hapless but big-hearted peasant and the clever, kind landowner he loves. It also doesn’t hurt that the score is an endless parade of spectacular ensemble numbers and show-stopping arias—like the beloved “Una furtive lagrima,” one of opera’s ultimate tenor showcases.
'Anna Bolena' by Donizetti
Thu, Oct 15
Donizetti crafted his three dazzling “queen” operas, a trilogy chronicling the courtly conspiracies of the 16th-century Tudor monarchs, over a seven-year burst of creativity. The three are rarely performed all in a row, or even in the same season, so taxing is the intricate vocal writing, although there have been a few notable and ambitious exceptions. The intrepid soprano who tackles the lengthy first installment about Anne Boleyn joins a cast of infamous history-book characters revived for the operatic stage.
'Maria Stuarda' by Donizetti
Fri, Oct 16
'Roberto Devereux' by Donizetti
Sat, Oct 17
'Don Pasquale' by Donizetti
Sun, Oct 18
A runaway success since its premiere in 1843, Donizetti’s boisterous comedy charts a buffoonish old man’s marriage to a clever young widow who outsmarts him at every turn. The opera, a touchstone of the bel canto style, showcases many of the composer’s most charming melodies, and has also become a particular favorite of bass singers, who are handed a deliciously hammy and expansive title role.