During these days of sticking closer to home, we’ll be covering virtual events — entertainment and leisure options that you can pursue for free or cheap over the internet.
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Let’s start with the The Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
While it is closed to the public, it will offer nightly streams of encore presentations from its Live in HD series. These are shows that were originally transmitted as the cast performed live. Many were transmitted to movie theatres, where opera fans paid for tickets to watch this acclaimed opera company perform in NYC.
The streams began on Monday, March 16th, 2020. Each opera begin at 7:30 p.m.
To get sub-titles in English: When you watch the live stream, you can click on the small box at the bottom right that is labeled “CC” and this will provide captions for you.
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If you’ve been curious about opera, now is your big chance to check it out! Keep an open mind, because it is a very different form of storytelling from what you may be used to.
To watch, just open a browser on your preferred device and navigate to the Met’s home page at metopera.org — the homepage link will open the performance on the the Met Opera on Demand streaming service.
If you can’t watch in real time, you can watch later. Each performance will be available on metopera.org for 20 hours — which means till 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time the next day.
If you happen to use a Met Opera on Demand app, it will be available there too.
If you’re seeing a particular opera for the first time, we recommend googling the title and reading up on the plot and storyline. Trust us, it makes the experience a lot more enjoyable when you’re in the know.
From the press release:
“We’d like to provide some grand opera solace to opera lovers in these extraordinarily difficult times,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “Every night, we’ll be offering a different complete operatic gem from our collection of HD presentations from the past 14 years.”
Photo above: Classical opera “The Barber of Seville” performed by members of the Dnipro Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Metropolitan Opera streaming schedule
We update this listing each week, usually on Fridays.
Monday, July 13
Puccini’s Manon Lescaut
Starring Kristine Opolais, Roberto Alagna, Massimo Cavalletti, and Brindley Sherratt, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From March 5, 2016.
Tuesday, July 14
Verdi’s La Traviata
Starring Ileana Cotrubaș, Plácido Domingo, and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by James Levine. Transmitted live on March 28, 1981.
Wednesday, July 15
Starring Maria Guleghina, Marina Poplavskaya, Marcello Giordani, and Samuel Ramey, conducted by Andris Nelsons. From November 7, 2009.
Thursday, July 16
Starring Elza van den Heever, Tamara Mumford, Christopher Ventris, Gerhard Siegel, Andrew Staples, Peter Mattei, and Christian Van Horn, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From January 11, 2020.
Friday, July 17
Rossini’s La Cenerentola
Starring Elina Garanča, Lawrence Brownlee, Simone Alberghini, and John Relyea, conducted by Maurizio Benini. From May 9, 2009.
Saturday, July 18
Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
Starring Amanda Majeski, Marlis Petersen, Isabel Leonard, Peter Mattei, and Ildar Abdrazakov, conducted by James Levine. From October 18, 2014.
Sunday, July 19
Puccini’s La Bohème
Starring Teresa Stratas, Renata Scotto, José Carreras, Richard Stilwell, and James Morris, conducted by James Levine. From January 16, 1982.
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