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After Closure, the Met Opera Offers Free Streaming of Past Performances


Last Friday—a day after canceling all performances through March 31—New York’s Metropolitan Opera announced that it would be taking some of its offerings virtual, kicking things off this week with daily free streamings of its Live in HD series.


Starring Elīna Garanča in the titular role, the tragic opera chronicles the downfall of soldier Don José (Roberto Alagna) after he encounters a fiery, enigmatic gypsy named Carmen.


Next up is the Met’s 2008 version of Puccini’s La Bohème , conducted by Nicola Luisotti and starring Angela Gheorghiu and Ramón Vargas as Mimi and Rodolfo, two young bohemians living in Paris’ Latin Quarter in the 1840s.


Starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez and Quinn Kelsey, the performance follows the tormented relationship of Parisian lovers Alfredo and Violetta, the latter of whom is dying of tuberculosis.


Conducted by Marco Armiliato, the opera centers on the misadventures of Marie (Natalie Dessay), a young woman raised by a battalion of soldiers after being abandoned as a baby.


Sadly, on-screen performances don’t hold a candle to the breathtaking in-person showings at the Met Opera itself—but at least in your living room, black tie is very optional.






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