Organizations are getting creative as they are forced to shutter their doors in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. Just as schools and universities are turning to virtual classrooms, one of New York’s most prestigious arts organizations is finding a way to share its work with the world even behind closed doors. To that end, the Metropolitan Opera is offering free nightly live streams to keep opera lovers around the world connected.
“During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark,” writes the Metropolitan Opera. Making the best of a bad situation, the world-famous opera company is streaming complete performances recorded over the past 14 years each night at 7:30 pm EDT. Each performance remains available until 3:30 pm the following day, so you have plenty of time to tune in wherever you are in the world.
Upcoming performances include Il Trovatore and La Bohème, with the Metropolitan Opera promising continued, free transmissions as long as their doors remain closed. While you can watch via the Metropolitan Museum’s website, the initiative has become so popular that there is often a waitlist for watching. To avoid delays, they recommend accessing the stream via Met Opera on Demand. This app is available for Apple, Amazon, Roku devices, and Samsung Smart TV. To access the free streams without logging in, simply click “Browse and Preview” in the apps for connected TV, and “Explore the App” on tablets and mobile devices.
The Metropolitan Opera proves, even in the face of difficulty, it’s possible to find a way to remain connected. As the world turns indoors, technology is allowing us to stay busy and to enjoy cultural activities in a whole new way.
The 92Y, which has also temporarily suspended all of its events, is livestreaming for free two classical musical concerts originally scheduled for this week. Garrick Ohlsson performed a solo recital, without an audience, on Saturday which you can rewatch anytime. And on March 18th at 7:30 p.m., 92Y will livestream a recital, also without an audience, by mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron, accompanied by a pianist to be announced, performing Mahler and Beethoven. They also plan to have livestreams of other upcoming concerts and lectures, including “pianist Jonathan Biss performing Beethoven’s final three piano sonatas, and lectures on world politics and the global drama of 2020 with renowned foreign affairs scholar Professor Ralph Buultjens.”