Live performances across the world are put on hold, but there are great new opportunities to enjoy classical music and other performing arts while we’re at home! Take advantage of the many wonderful entertainment that orchestras, theaters and others are making available during this extraordinary time. Here are some of our favorites:
- The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas from their catalog for free – a different one each day, starting at 4:30 PM Pacific Time until 12:30 PM the next day. See the streaming schedule through May on The Met’s website.
- Melbourne Sympony Orchestra is putting on MSO Live on YouTube — full concerts with pre-concert announcements. You can enjoy the feel of being in the front row at a live event and watch the performances again later.
- Vienna State Opera is streaming a different performance for free each day. You can see the whole schedule here.
- The Berlin Philharmonic invites everyone to enjoy their Digital Concert Hall for free for 30 days, with over 600 recorded concerts available. It even includes historical recordings, like a 1966 recording of Karajan conducting Dvorak’s “From the New World.”
- The Netherlands’ Concertbegouw Orkest has performances available on-demand through their website, including symphonies by Beethoven, Mahler, Strauss, Brahms, and more.
- Bavarian State Opera is broadcasting free performances each Monday, which it says will include “lieder, solo instrumentalists, chamber music and dance performances.” The March 16th performance is available to watch on-demand now.
- The cleverly-titled Social Distancing Festival is good resource for finding live streaming performing arts events. The calendar includes not only classical and opera, but other kinds like theater, improv, comedy, trivia and more. It’s a great place to find live entertainment and community during isolation.
While we all eagerly await the opportunity to once again go out and enjoy a live performance, let’s enjoy the beautiful music available to listen and watch right in our homes!