The Metropolitan Opera Is Offering Free Virtual Shows — Here's What to Watch in April (Video)
Watch some of the world's best operas from the comfort of your own couch.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new listing information for April.
In March, the Metropolitan Opera announced its plans to stream encore performances of some of its most famed shows to the public — and it’s all 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” 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 upcoming schedule of encore performances, along with listing information provided by the Met, below.
Sunday, April 12
Starring Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Kelli O’Hara, Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka, and Christopher Maltman, conducted by David Robertson. From March 31, 2018.
Monday, April 13
Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Renée Fleming and Piotr Beczała. Transmitted live on Feb. 8, 2014.
Tuesday, April 14
Conducted by Valery Gergiev, starring René Pape. Transmitted live on Oct. 23, 2010.
Wednesday, April 15
Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna. Transmitted live on Jan. 10, 2009.
Thursday, April 16
Conducted by Maurizio Benini, starring Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, and Juan Diego Flórez. Transmitted live on April 9, 2011.
Friday, April 17
Conducted by Patrick Summers starring Patricia Racette, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft. Transmitted live on March 7, 2009.
Saturday, April 18
Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, starring Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, Piotr Beczała, and Ambrogio Maestri. Transmitted live on Jan. 12, 2019.
Sunday, April 19
Conducted by Sebastian Weigle, starring Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Erin Morley, and Günther Groissböck. Transmitted live on May 13, 2017.