Gently down the stream

Beginning tomorrow night with the season premiere of Rigoletto, the Met will offer weekly free (yes, that’s right, free) streaming broadcasts of opera performances over their website, metopera.org. Further broadcasts through the end of the year will include:

  • Rigoletto (Siurina, Calleja, Pons) Wednesday October 25

  • Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (Guleghina, Racette, Licitra) Monday, October 30
  • Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Damrau, Flórez, Mattei) Friday November 10
  • Madama Butterfly (Gallardo-Domâs, Giordani, Croft; Levine) Saturday, November 18
  • Tosca (Millo, Fraccaro, Morris) Saturday, November 25
  • Idomeneo (Röschmann, Deshorties, Kožená, van Rensburg; Levine) Wednesday, November 29
  • La Boheme (Netrebko, Villazón) Tuesday, December 5
  • Don Carlo (Racette, Borodina, Botha, Hvorostovsky, Pape, Ramey; Levine) Monday, December 11 (7:00 PM/EST)
  • The First Emperor (Futral, DeYoung, Domingo, Groves; Tan Dun — world premiere) Thursday, December 21
  • I Puritani (Netrebko, Cutler) Wednesday, December 27

These broadcasts will be streamed with “support from RealNetworks®, the leading creator of digital media services.” In honor of this innovation, La Cieca will host one of her legendary live chats tomorrow night during the Rigoletto streaming broadcast. Check back on parterre.com Wednesday afternoon for a link to the chat page.

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