Met Opera Streams
Each stream becomes available at 7:30 p.m. and remains accessible for on-demand viewing until 6:30 p.m. the following day.
Sunday, April 11
Verdi’s Luisa Miller
Starring Sonya Yoncheva, Olesya Petrova, Piotr Becza?a, Plácido Domingo, Alexander Vinogradov, and Dmitry Belosselskiy, conducted by Bertrand de Billy. Production by Elijah Moshinsky. From April 14, 2018.
Once Upon a Time
Monday, April 12
Starring Kathleen Kim, Joyce DiDonato, Alice Coote, Stephanie Blythe, and Laurent Naouri, conducted by Bertrand de Billy. Production by Laurent Pelly. From April 28, 2018.
Tuesday, April 13
Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta / Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle
Starring Anna Netrebko and Piotr Becza?a in Iolanta, and Nadja Michael and Mikhail Petrenko in Bluebeard’s Castle, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Production by Mariusz Treli?ski. From February 14, 2015.
Wednesday, April 14
Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
Starring Golda Schultz, Kathryn Lewek, Charles Castronovo, Markus Werba, and René Pape, conducted by James Levine. Production by Julie Taymor. From October 14, 2017.
Thursday, April 15
Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel
Starring Judith Blegen, Frederica von Stade, Jean Kraft, Rosalind Elias, and Michael Devlin, conducted by Thomas Fulton. Production by Nathaniel Merrill. From December 25, 1982.
Friday, April 16
Starring Kristine Opolais, Katarina Dalayman, Jamie Barton, Brandon Jovanovich, and Eric Owens, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Production by Mary Zimmerman. From February 25, 2017.
Sunday, April 18
Rossini’s La Cenerentola
Starring Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Pietro Spagnoli, Alessandro Corbelli, and Luca Pisaroni, conducted by Fabio Luisi. Production by Cesare Lievi. From May 10, 2014
And one more thing…
Take Care of This House: A Brief History of a Showtune We Should All Listen to Today
In 1976, Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner debuted their musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre (now the Times Square Church). It was Bernstein’s last original Broadway score, and the show, co-directed and co-choreographed by Gilbert Moses and George Faison after the original creative team departed out-of-town, was a massive flop, closing after 13 previews and seven performances.
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a retelling of the first 100 years of White House through the eyes of its main residents: the presidents and first ladies, and three generations of their Black serving staff. One actor plays all of the presidents, one actor plays all of the first ladies, one actor plays male servant Lud, one actor plays female servant Seena. Presented in a bicentennial year, audiences expected a rah-rah show of patriotism; what they got was an ahead-of-its-time indictment of the racism that has pervaded the United States since its creation. Critics, naturally, thought it was too preachy and superficial.
Though the show disappeared awfully fast, several of its songs have survived to become seminal texts in the “Great American Songbook.” Chief among them is a song I’ve been thinking about a lot over the past 24 hours, “Take Care of This House.” In the context of the show, the song finds Abigail Adams (originally played by Patricia Routledge) giving instructions to Lud (Gilbert Price) on the day-to-day care of the White House. But, naturally, it’s a metaphor for preserving the sanctity of the Republic:
Take care of this house
Keep it from harm
If bandits break in sound the alarm
Care for this house
Shine it by hand
And keep it so clean
The glow can be seen all over the land.
After the shameful events yesterday at the Capitol, the message of this song has never felt timelier. History will not look kindly on what took place, but the beacon of light that is our country still stands. And while it might seem dark now, there is a new day ahead.
Click on the link to watch Cynthia Erivo perform this number from Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner’s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Bonus pick content was reprinted from the website TheaterMania.