Marnie

In March, the Metropolitan Opera announced the closure of its 3,800-seat venue to curb the spread of COVID-19. Since then, the Met has dipped into its vast library of filmed operas to offer a free show each day on its website. The carefully curated productions guide viewers through the history of the opera canon while also introducing them to contemporary works, like Tuesday night’s stream of Marnie by Nico Muhly. As part of this week’s theme, “Family Drama,” Marnie follows a young con artist whose criminal habits catch up with her and force a reevaluation of her life. D.C. native and opera legend Denyce Graves stars as Marnie’s shrewd mother opposite Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard in the title role. Based on the Winston Graham novel of the same name, Marnie contains the Met’s famous production values, with lavish 1950s costuming and cinematic sets. Though the Met’s free operas are only a temporary affair until it reopens, the nightly streams give audiences a unique chance to see world-class performances without dressing up or traveling to New York. Marnie is available to stream for 24 hours starting at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 at metopera.org. Free.