The Metropolitan Opera Is Offering Free Virtual Shows This Week
Watch some of the world's best operas from the comfort of your own couch.
On Friday, the Metropolitan Opera announced it will stream encore performances of some of its most famed shows to the public starting on Monday, March 16 — and it will all be completely free.
“A day after canceling upcoming performances due to concerns around the coronavirus, the Metropolitan Opera announced that it would stream encore presentations from the award-winning Live in HD series of cinema transmissions on the company website for the duration of the closure,” the opera said in a statement.
“We’d like to provide some grand opera solace to opera lovers in these extraordinarily difficult times,” Met General Manager Peter Gelb shared 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 at 7:30 p.m. each night on the Met's homepage and will remain available for 20 hours. The performance will also be available on the Met Opera’s On-Demand apps.
Check out the entire schedule of encore performances, along with listing information provided by the Met, below.
Monday, March 16: Bizet’s “Carmen”
Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna. Transmitted live on Jan. 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 Oct. 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 Dec. 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 Feb. 7, 2009.
Sunday, March 22: Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”
Conducted by Valery Gergiev, starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Transmitted live on Feb. 24, 2007.