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If you’ve ever watched the Met Live in HD shows at Greenbelt, then you know that the Metropolitan Opera in New York has been filming its productions and screening them in theaters all over the world. 

With the COVID-19 outbreak forcing the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to close its doors to the public, the Met Opera decided to make available to the public its filmed productions online. 

Starting on March 16, 7:30 p.m. (EST), opera lovers from all over the world can go to the Met’s official website to view these “Nightly Met Opera Streams” and each of the production will be streaming for 20 hours. 

“We’d like to provide some grand opera solace to opera lovers in these extraordinarily difficult times,” said Peter Gelb, general manager of the Met, in a press release. “Every night, we’ll be offering a different complete operatic gem from our collection of HD presentations from the past 14 years.”

The schedule of the streamed opera for the first week is as follows:

March 16

Bizet’s Carmen

Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starringElīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna.

March 17

Puccini’s La Bohème

Conducted by Nicola Luisotti, starring Angela Gheorghiuand Ramón Vargas.

March 18

Verdi’s Il Trovatore

Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Anna Netrebko,Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

March 19

Verdi’s La Traviata

Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey.

March 20

Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment

Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Natalie Dessayand Juan Diego Flórez.

March 21

Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Anna Netrebko,Piotr Beczała, and Mariusz Kwiecien.

March 22

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

Conducted by Valery Gergiev, starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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