Free Online Opera and Musical Performances (source: The Guardian)

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Missing the Opera, Theater, and LIve Plays? Or just bored with Netflix? Then check out these free online option from the Guardian 

- Opera North’s acclaimed semi-staged Ring cycle from 2016 is available on their website. Their 2017 production of Trouble in Tahiti is available via Now TV and Sky on-demand services, and, on operavision (more of which below) you can watch their production of Britten’s Turn of the Screw, captured live on 21 February 2020.

- Established opera streaming platform has a wonderful archive of productions from across Europe all available free. The site might be short of live operas to stream at the present time, but instead it has announced an increase in its archival offerings, with a mini Mozart festival running up to the end of March. You can also watch via their youtube channel.

- The Teatro Massimo in Palermo has several concerts and recent opera productions recorded live available to watch on demand. At time of writing the operas include Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, a Barber of Seville (check out the witty animated opening) and a Cav and a Pag. And there’s more to come, we are promised.

 - The Teatro Regio in Turin has set up a youtube channel “Opera on the Sofa” and is making available past productions from the historic theatre. The opening offering is Nabucco, staged last February.

- Bavarian State Opera (Bayerische Staatsoper) might have had to cancel Monday 16 March’s orchestral concert, but few can have felt hard done by when, instead, the Munich opera house live-streamed – to an empty auditorium - a chamber music programme that included Schumann, Mozart and Beethoven and world-class performers, amongst them Christian Gehaher and Igor Levit. The concert can be watched on demand here. The opera house has also made available (until 26 March) Katie Mitchell’s Judith, a multimedia take on Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Concerto for Orchestra with Nina Stemme and John Lundgren, and a 2013 recording of Il Trovatore, starring Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann (until 28 March).

- The Berlin Philharmonic has opened up its digital concert hall for this next month, giving free access to hundreds of past concerts in its famous Berlin venue and the chance to watch forthcoming events live, albeit played behind closed doors. Registration is required, and the voucher must be redeemed before 31 March.

- Ivan Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra will be livestreaming nightly chamber concerts in a series they have called Quarantine Soirées on 16, 17 and 18 March, at 1945pm (6.45pm GMT).

- Vienna State Opera has opened its archives and is offering a different opera available to watch each day, for free, via its streaming platform. Today’s offering (16 March) is Adam Fischer conducting Das Rheingold in a performance recorded in 2016; you can catch the rest of the Ring cycle later this month, plus from Falstaff to Figaro and Eötvös’s Tri Sestry (Three Sisters) – not staged in the UK since 2001 – there’s a mouthwatering array.

- Pianist Igor Levit is broadcasting nightly “House Concerts” on Twitter. Boris Giltburg, likewise – follow him on @BorisGiltburg to find when the next one is. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is playing short pieces that give him comfort and posting regularly on twitterfacebook and instragram. Search for hashtag #SongsofComfort.

- New York’s Metropolitan Opera is streaming past productions from its award-winning Live in HD series of cinema transmissions while the opera house is closed. Productions will be available from 7.30pm EDT (11.30pm GMT) for 20 hours.

- Many UK organisations livestream concerts and make them available via YouTube or other channels. Check out the Wigmore Hall, which has a huge array of their past chamber music concerts free to watch, or try the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra or the London Symphony Orchestra’s YouTube channels. The LSO will also be streaming twice-weekly full length concerts – details tbc, check this page.

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