New York’s cultural powerhouse is now streaming live recordings of its best productions. Tune in for Wagner’s The Valkyrie or Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.
To help you through these challenging times, Metropolitan Opera is delivering some of the classic masterpieces directly to your home – and at no cost.
Since the institution closed its doors due to the coronavirus outbreak and canceled the remainder of the 2019–20 season, it now provides complete performances from its archive. The original cinema transmissions are available through the Met Opera on Demand apps, which can be downloaded to Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV.
What’s on schedule? Until March 29, audiences worldwide can enjoy the monumental oeuvre of Richard Wagner. Next week continues with John Adams’s Nixon in China, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, or Macbeth by Verdi. The program is expected to end on April 5.
Performances start at 7:30 p.m. EDT and can be accessed up to 23 hours after their initial release.
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During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark.
“The Met will also soon launch an emergency fundraising drive to help the company cope with the large loss of box office and other earned revenues caused by the canceled performances and scheduled movie-theater transmissions. As we confront this extraordinary and uncertain situation, we will rely more than ever on the generosity of opera lovers everywhere,” said Met Opera’s General Manager Peter Gelb.
Met Opera is not the only organization to have put its program online: The LGBT film festival BFI Flare also released a portion of its schedule for free streaming.