#ArtDuringQuarantine: Spotlight on Online Opera in the time of Coronavirus

#ArtDuringQuarantine: Spotlight on Online Opera in the time of Coronavirus
A Bulgarian Production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Photo from Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 3.0.
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Art Critique has already shared nine ways to bring the art world to you while you’re quarantined or social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

In these extraordinary times, we will continue bringing you information about ways you can brighten these challenging days with art events you can enjoy from the safety of your own home.

A number of the world’s great opera houses have put performances online, for free. Here is a preliminary catalogue, which we will update as more performances are added:

Metropolitan Opera. All streams will begin at 7:30 pm EDT and are available on metopera.com and Met Opera on Demand apps for 20 hours.

Upcoming performances: 

  • Friday, March 20th: Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment.
  • Saturday, March 21st: Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.
  • Sunday, March 22nd: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
  • Monday, March 23rd: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde
  • Tuesday, March 24th: Wagner’s Das Rheingold
  • Wednesday, March 25th: Wagner’s Die Walküre
  • Thursday, March 26th: Wagner’s Siegfried
  • Friday, March 27th: Wagner’s Götterdämmerung
  • Saturday, March 28th: Wagner’s Die Meistersluger von Nürnberg
  • Sunday, March 29th: Wagner’s Tannhaüser

Vienna State Opera: The Wiener Staatsoper is broadcasting daily performances at www.staatsoperlive.comThe streams will begin, depending on the performance, at 5 or 7 pm CET, and will remain live for 24 hours.

Upcoming performances:

  • Friday, March 20th: Puccini’s Tosca
  • Saturday, March 21st: Rossini’s La Cenerentola
  • Sunday, March 22nd: Wagner’s Siegfried
  • Monday, March 23rd: Puccini’s Tosca
  • Tuesday, March 24th: Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore
  • Wednesday, March 25th: Rossini’s La Cenerentola
  • Thursday, March 26th: Puccini’s Tosca
  • Friday, March 27th: Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro
  • Saturday, March 28th: Wagner’s Götterdammerung
  • Sunday, March 29th: Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette
  • Monday, March 30th: Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro
  • Tuesday, March 31st: Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore
  • Wednesday, April 1st: Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten
  • Thursday, April 2nd: Grieg’s Peer Gynt

Opéra de Paris: The Paris Opera will make past performances available for free on both its website and that of Culturebox. Each opera will be available for six days.

Upcoming performances:

  • Tuesday, March 17th to Sunday, March 22nd: Massenet’s Manon
  • Monday, March 23rd to Sunday, March 29th: Mozart’s Don Giovanni
  • Monday, March 30th to Sunday, April 5th: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake
  • Monday, April 6th to Sunday, April 12th: Rossini’s Barber of Seville
  • Monday, April 13th to Sunday, April 19th: Tribute to Jerome Robbins
  • Monday, April 20th to Sunday, April 26th: Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann
  • Monday, April 27th to Sunday, May 3rd: Bizet’s Carmen

Bavarian State Opera: The opera house is putting a number of performances online on demand at staatsoper.tv for 14 days.

Upcoming performances:

  • Saturday, March 14th to Saturday, March 28th: Verdi’s Il Trovatore
  • Wednesday, March 25th to Wednesday, April 8th: Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.


Opera Royal de Wallonie-Liège: Bellini’s La Sonnambula will be available online on France TV on Thursday, March 19th at 8 pm CET.


Rossini Opera Festival: Each opera will be aired at 8:30 pm CET on the festival’s website, and will be available for 24 hours.

Upcoming performances:

  • Saturday, March 21st: Sigismondo
  • Tuesday, March 24th: Adelaide di Borgogna
  • Friday, March 27th: Mosè in Egitto
  • Monday, March 30th: Ciro in Babilonia
  • Thursday, April 2nd: Matilde di Shabran

La Fenice: The Venetian opera house has posted a number of past performances on its YouTube channel, under the Io Resta a Casa (“I stay at home”) playlist.

Currently showing: 

  • Verdi’s Attila
  • Verdi’s Don Carlo

OperavisionA number of performances from opera houses around Europe are available for streaming, with more to come.

Currently streaming:

  • Mozart’s Don Giovanni, by the Finnish National Opera and Ballet
  • Korngold’s Violanta, by the Teatro Regio Torino
  • Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, by Opera North
  • Dvořák’s Rusalka, by the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
  • Kalniņš’s I Played, I Danced, by the Latvian National Opera and Ballet
  • Weinberger’s Spring Storms, by the Komische Oper Berlin
  • Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, by the Royal Swedish Opera
  • Rossini’s La Cenerentola, by the Irish National Opera
  • Bjarnason’s Brothers, by the Icelandic Opera
  • Puccini’s Tosca, by the Polish National Opera
  • Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, by the Garsington Opera
  • Rossini’s Ermione, by the Teatro di San Carlo
  • Zajc’s Nikola Šubić Zrinjski, by the Croatian National Theatre
  • Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, by the Teatro Municipal de Santiago
  • Mozart’s Don Giovanni, by the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (available until April 25th)
  • Bizet’s Carmen, by Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (available until April 24th)
  • Schreker’s Der ferne Klang, by the Royal Swedish Opera (available until April 18th)
  • Henze’s The Bassarids, by the Komische Oper Berlin (available until April 12th)
  • Janáček’s Jenufa, by the National Theatre Brno (available until April 1st)
  • Acher’s Sternenhoch, by the National Theatre Prague (available until March 26th)
  • Moniusko’s Halka, by the Poznán Opera (available until March 20th)

Coming soon:

  • Mozart’s Il Seraglio, by Glyndebourne (available starting from March 20th at 19h CET)
  • Mozart’s Lucio Silla, by La Monnaie (available starting from March 24th at 19h CET)
  • Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, by the Garsington Opera (available starting from March 27th at 19h CET)
  • Mozart’s Il Sogno di Scipione, by la Fenice (available starting from March 31st at 19h CET)