As the numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise globally, various events are being canceled or postponed in an effort to contain the virus—from Broadway shows to Coachella.
But the show must go on for the Metropolitan Opera—online, at least.
In a press statement, the Met announced that from Monday, 16 March, they will be holding “Nightly Met Opera Streams”—a free series of encore performances to be streamed live in HD on the company’s official website during the coronavirus closure.
“We’d like to provide some grand opera solace to opera lovers in these extraordinarily difficult times,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb in the statement. “Every night, we’ll be offering a different complete operatic gem from our collection of HD presentations from the past 14 years.”
The “Nightly Met Opera Streams” will begin promptly at 7:30 PM EDT every night on the Met’s homepage and will remain available on the homepage of metopera.org for 20 hours, so people from all over the world can catch the iconic shows in their own time. Additionally, the performances will also be accessible via the Met Opera’s On-Demand mobile apps.
Now’s your chance to watch some of the most celebrated opera shows in the comfort of your home. Here is the schedule for the first week of the Nightly Met Opera Streams:
Monday, March 16 – Bizet’s Carmen
Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna. Transmitted live on January 16, 2010
Tuesday, March 17 – Puccini’s La Bohème
Conducted by Nicola Luisotti, starring Angela Gheorghiu and Ramón Vargas. Transmitted live on April 5, 2008
Wednesday, March 18 – Verdi’s Il Trovatore
Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Transmitted live on October 3, 2015
Thursday, March 19 – Verdi’s La Traviata
Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey. Transmitted live on December 15, 2018
Friday, March 20 – Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment
Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez. Transmitted live on April 26, 2008
Saturday, March 21 – Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała, and Mariusz Kwiecien. Transmitted live on February 7, 2009
Sunday, March 22 – Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
Conducted by Valery Gergiev, starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Transmitted live on February 24, 2007
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