COVID-19: Concerts and Operas on the Web


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May 31

Met Live Streams: Strauss’s Salome

Starring Karita Mattila, Ildikó Komlósi, Kim Begley, Joseph Kaiser, and Juha Uusitalo, conducted by Patrick Summers. Transmitted on October 11, 2008. Available on the Met’s website:

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Best of the Boston Pops

Presented in honor of the front line personnel working during the COVID-19 Crisis, this week’s Heroic Performances video concert is a continuation of the Best of Boston Pops program that began earlier this month. Performers include conductors Keith Lockhart, John Williams, and Arthur Fiedler leading the Pops in some of the orchestra’s most beloved musical selections. The video stream is available for a limited time starting on Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m. EDT for free on-demand viewing here.

Festival Accès Asie: Closing Show

To close the virtual festival, the PAMANA ng LuzViMinda Philippines Folkloric Dance Company will perform their repertoire of Philippine folk dances in authentic traditional costume. Also, the music and dance ensemble Gamelan Giri Kedaton will share a video extract from a previous concert. This Balinese music and dance ensemble features Gamelan, a percussion orchestra with gongs, metallophones, and drums. For more information, visit the the Festival’s Digital Program.

May 30

Met Live Streams: Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore

Starring Pretty Yende, Matthew Polenzani, Davide Luciano, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, conducted by Domingo Hindoyan. Transmitted on February 10, 2018. Available on the Met’s website: 

David Hyde Pierce, Jamie Barton, and Anthony Roth Costanzo to Headline “Opera Jukebox” Benefit

Each singer will offer up three selections for audience members to choose from, which will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube and on Saturday, May 30, at 7pm ET. For more information visit:

Pianist Igor Levit to give a 20-hour live streamed performance of Satie’s Vexations

On Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 a.m. ET, from the b-sharp Studio in Berlin, Igor Levit performs one of music history’s longest compositions, Erik Satie’s Vexations, which lasts approximately 20 hours. To support this project, Mr. Levit draws upon the $300,000 awarded to him two years ago as a Gilmore Artist. The livestream will be available via YouTube at (for the event page, visit

Festival Accès Asie: Musique sans frontières

Mosaïque will present, at 5pm (ET), extracts from their past concerts through a video showing their repertoire fusing music from different cultures and different influences from the East, Africa, and the West, including folk music from Bengal as well as the rhythms of Persian culture. For more information, visit the the Festival’s Digital Program.

May 29

Met Live Streams: Viewer’s choice – Bellini’s La Sonnambula

Starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez, conducted by Evelino Pidò. Transmitted live on March 21, 2009. Available on the Met’s website: 

Opera Philadelphia’s Digital Festival: Breaking the Waves

Based on the film by Lars von Trier. Music by Missy Mazzoli, libretto by Royce Vavrek. Originally performed in September 2016, the cast includes Kierra Duffy, John Moore, Eve Gigliotti, Patricia Schuman, David Portillo, Zachary James and Marcus DeLoach. Steven Osgood conducts this production by James Darrah. More information here:

May 28

Met Live Streams: Berlioz’s Les Troyens

Starring Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Bryan Hymel, and Dwayne Croft, conducted by Fabio Luisi. Transmitted live on January 5, 2013. Available on the Met’s website:

Kent Nagano and the OSM celebrate Halloween

Recorded in October 2015, as part of a unique event to celebrate Halloween, this concert features works by Dukas, Saint-Saëns, Dvořák and Ives. Watch here.

May 27

Met Live Streams: Puccini’s Manon Lescaut

Starring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, and Pablo Elvira, conducted by James Levine. Transmitted live on March 29, 1980. Available on the Met’s website:

Tafelmusik at Home

At 7pm, musicians of Tafelmusik will present Prelude, the first of five online concerts which will be streamed over the next few weeks. For more informations:

Apéro with the OSM: Marianne Dugal

This week, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal presents its second Facebook live concert with Marianne Dugal, 2nd associate concertmaster. The program will include works by Bach, Marcello, Scriabin, Boulanger and more. The concert with include a special appearance by Marianne Dugal’s son. Tune in at 5pm (ET) here:

May 26

Met Live Streams: Verdi’s Ernani

Starring Angela Meade, Marcello Giordani, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Transmitted live on February 25, 2012. Available on the Met’s website:

Virtual concert #8 of the Orchestre classique de Montréal with pianist Serhiy Salov

Tuesday at 7:30pm. To watch the concert, go to

May 25

Met Live Streams: Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust

Starring Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and John Relyea, conducted by James Levine. Transmitted live on November 22, 2008. Available on the Met’s website:

May 24

Met Live Streams: Massenet’s Manon

Conducted by Fabio Luisi, starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała, and Paulo Szot. Transmitted live on April 7, 2012. Available on the Met’s website:

May 23

Met Live Streams: Gounod’s Faust

Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Marina Poplavskaya, Jonas Kaufmann, Russell Braun, and René Pape. Transmitted live on December 10, 2011. Available on the Met’s website:

May 22

Met Live Streams: Mozart’s Don Giovanni – Viewers’ Choice

Conducted by Richard Bonynge, starring Joan Sutherland, James Morris, and Gabriel Bacquier. Transmitted live on March 16, 1978. Available on the Met’s website:

May 21

The Vienna Piano Trio

The Vienna Piano Trio presents a broadcast of a concert performed on February 24th, with works by Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven. Watch here:




Seattle Symphony: Schererazade, conducted by Gustavo Gimeno

The Seattle Symphony presents a rebroadcast of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade (movements 3 and 4), led by guest conductor and Incoming Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Gustavo Gimeno. To watch, visit:


OSM: Schumann with cellist Truls Mørk 

Truls Mørk, cello

This Thursday, immerse yourself in the heart of the celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Montreal metro with the acousmatic piece Tunnel azur by composer Robert Normandeau, a fully generated work, without the intervention of any musician. Inspired by the movements of subways, the routine of workers, the come and go of travelers and the whole sound environment that surrounds the metro including the iconic and essential “doo-doo-doo”, metro goers will certainly find the music familiar! Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor, performed by Norwegian virtuoso Truls Mørk, will complete the program. Recorded on October 20, 2016, at the Maison symphonique (stream available until June 1st, at 7pm). To watch this online stream, go to

May 20

Met Live Streams: Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera

Conducted by Fabio Luisi, starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Kathleen Kim, Stephanie Blythe, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Transmitted live on December 8, 2012. Available on the Met’s website:

May 19

Virtual concert #7 of the Orchestre classique de Montréal with cellist Stéphane Tétreault

Tuesday, at 7:30pm. To watch the concert, go to

May 18

Kent Nagano conducts works by Samy Moussa and Mendelssohn

Kent Nagano, chef d’orchestre

This Monday, web users can listen to Nocturne du contemporary composer Samy Moussa, with whom the OSM collaborates regularly. Premiered in February 2015, this work, which is 12 minutes long, will be followed by Mendelssohn’s Symphony no. 5, « Réformation ». Recorded on February 18, 2015, at the Maison symphonique (stream available until May 28, at 7pm). To watch the concert, go to

May 16

Pianist Daniel Vnukowski’s “Saturday live streams” 

Daniel Vnukowski will perform pieces by Beethoven to celebrate the composer’s 250th Anniversary, on May 16, at 3pm (Eastern Time). This live stream can be accessed in Full HD via the official website (free registration required): or in lower-resolution (720p) via Facebook:

May 14

OSM: Free streams continue (Week 9, second concert)

Till Fellner, piano

On May 14, at 7pm, Kent Nagano and pianist Till Fellner join their forces in Beethoven’s Concerto no. 3 in C minor, after Rossini’s famous overture of Guillaume Tell. Recorded on April 16, 2013, at the Maison symphonique (stream available until May 25, at 7pm). To watch the concert, go to

May 12

Virtual concert #6 of the Orchestre classique de Montréal with pianist Jean-Phillipe Sylvestre

Tuesday, at 7:30pm. To watch the concert, go to

May 11

OSM: Free streams continue (Week 9, first concert)

Today, May 11, at 7pm, Kent Nagano conducts a work by BartókMusic for strings, percussion and celesta. Recorded on October 14, 2018, at the Maison symphonique (stream available until May 21, at 7pm). To watch the concert, go to

May 10

Opera Philadelphia continues online

Over the past five years, Opera Philadelphia has presented no fewer than nine world premieres, scoring multiple awards and winning international audience and critical recognition as “a hotbed of operatic innovation” (New York Times). Now that the 2019-20 season has been cut short by the need for social distancing, the company is extending its season online with Digital Festival O. Comprising video streams of five hit productions – four recent new works among them – the festival continues with We Shall Not Be Moved by composer Daniel Bernard Romain.

Nearly three years after its sold-out world premiere at Festival O17, We Shall Not Be Moved returns in a pair of special telecasts, presented in collaboration with WHYY-TV 12. This commemorates the 35th anniversary of the deadly bombing on May 13, 1985, of West Philadelphia’s MOVE compound, where the opera takes place.

We Shall Not Be Moved
Music by Daniel Bernard Roumain; libretto by Marc Bamuthi Joseph
World premiere: September 2017 as part of Festival O17
Broadcast on WHYY-TV 12 on Sunday, May 10 at 2pm
Premiering on YouTube and at on Sunday, May 10 at 7pm

Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian offers “healing through music”: a virtual performance on Mother’s Day
Sacred Hymns and Prayers for Healing, featuring Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano, Ellie Choate, harp, and Ben Krikorian, organ. Performed in (an empty) St. Paul Armenian Apostolic Church in Fresno, California.
When? May 10, 12pm (Pacific Time), 3pm (Eastern Time), premiering on the singer’s YouTube channel: 

May 9

Brott Music Festival: Second event at 7:30pm 

David and Mary Tabone, Directors of BR Xpression Choirs, will discuss their multi-year collaborations with the Brott Education Concert Series and will feature video of highly successful educations concerts.

May 5

Virtual concert #5 of the Orchestre classique de Montréal with violinist Marc Djokic.

Tonight, at 7:30pm. To watch the concert, go to

May 1

Tafelmusik premieres excerpts from Elisa Citterio’s new orchestral arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations

Tafelmusik takes the music of Bach online with newly recorded excerpts of the Goldberg Variations in an original orchestral arrangement by Music Director Elisa Citterio. Originally scheduled for live performance earlier this month, the world premiere of Citterio’s arrangement of Bach’s masterpiece was to be a major highlight of Tafelmusik’s 2019/20 season, before the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of several concerts. This short video offers a peek at the larger work, which Tafelmusik hopes to present live in its entirety at a future concert.

In their own homes, Tafelmusik musicians recorded the first and final variations (#1 and #30), which Citterio scored for strings, winds, and continuo. These excerpts will be premiered on Friday May 1, 2020 on as part of #TafelmusikTogether. Launched on March 17, this digital initiative invites music lovers to gather virtually on Tafelmusik’s Instagram, Facebook and YouTube channels for short performances and other artistic content being shared daily from musicians’ living rooms.

Opera Philadelphia goes online

Over the past five years, Opera Philadelphia has presented no fewer than nine world premieres, scoring multiple awards and winning international audience and critical recognition as “a hotbed of operatic innovation” (New York Times). Now that the 2019-20 season has been cut short by the need for social distancing, the company is extending its season online with Digital Festival O. Comprising video streams of five hit productions – four recent new works among them – the festival kicks off with the online premiere of 2020 International Opera Award-nominee Denis & Katya, on May 1.

Denis & Katya
Music by Philip Venables; libretto by Ted Huffman
World premiere: September 2019 as part of Festival O19
Premiering on YouTube and on Friday, May 1 at 8pm

Orchestre Métropolitain: Friday Streams

This Friday, the OM will offer online a live performance at the Philharmonie de Paris, recorded in 2017. On the program, Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Stay tuned when the orchestra updates its following page:

April 30

Live Streams by the National Arts Centre

Marina Thibeault. Photo: Matthew Perrin.

The NAC has invited Marina Thibeault to take part in their #CanadaPerforms concert series and will be offering a livestream performance this Thursday! Violist Marina Thibeault travels the world as a sought-after soloist. She was recently nominated for a JUNO award for her album ELLES.


Telemann: Fantasia no. 1 for Violin without Bass, TWV 40:14-25 (arr. for viola)
Ana Sokolović, Prélude 
Biber, Passacaglia
Anna Pidgorna, The child, bringer of light 
Milan Kymlicka, Rubato
Lilian Fuchs, Sonate pastorale 

April 29

Tonight’s Nightly Opera Stream is Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, starting at 7:30pm.

Production: Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda

You can still re-watch yesterday’s performance of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda on the Met’s website:

Update: April 28

Virtual concert #4 of the Orchestre classique de Montréal with soprano Aline Kutan

Tonight, at 7:30pm. To watch the concert, go to

Tonight’s Nightly Opera Stream is Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, starting at 7:30pm.

Production: Donizetti’s Anna Bolena

You can still re-watch yesterday’s performance of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena on the Met’s website:

Update: April 27

Here is Week 7 of the Met’s Nightly Opera Streams.

Production: Rossini’s La Cenerentola

This week’s performances, starting each day at 7:30pm, begin with three operas by Donizetti: Anna Bolena (Monday), Maria Stuarda (Tuesday) and Roberto Devereux (Wednesday). For further information, go to the Met’s website:

Update: April 25:

The Met Opera At-Home Gala starts today at 1 PM and will remain on-demand until April 26. Join La Scena Musicale staff on Facebook for our real-time comments. Visit to see the Gala and go to this Facebook post to add your comments.

Update: April 24

The Orchestre Métropolitain shares a new free concert online: Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Berlioz’s Nuits d’été (available until May 1)

This concert took place during the Orchestra’s European tour (Paris, 2017).

Corona Serenades Week 1 compilation

First Corona Serenades concert now available online. Watch the video below:

Update: April 23

Kent Nagano conducts Bruckner’s Symphony no. 6

Second broadcast this week. The OSM will give access to one of the Orchestra’s most celebrated performances. This Thursday, at 7pm. Follow the link below:

Watch and Listen

Update: April 21

Orchestre classique de Montréal’s virtual concerts

Every Tuesday at 7:30 pm, starting from April 7, the OCM presents a virtual concert featuring an artist of the upcoming season. This Tuesday, April 21, it is the turn of mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb who willl perform some of her favorite pieces. To watch her performance, go to the OCM’s Facebook page


Update: April 20

Metropolitan Opera’s Nightly Opera Streams

Nina Stemme, soprano (Elektra)

Strauss’s thrilling psychodrama Elektra, starring Nina Stemme (pictured) in a masterful staging by Patrice Chéreau. Tonight at 7:30pm (local time, in New York). Next performances online include Puccini’s Tosca, Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Verdi’s La Traviata and Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Don’t miss also Met’s Gala “At Home”, on April 25. Each performance is available during 24 hours only. Go to

This week, Kent Nagano conducts two major works in two broadcasts with the OSM

Watch and Listen

This Monday, at 7pm, you will have the chance to hear the exhilarating performance of the OSM in Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, at the Berlin Philharmonic in March 2019 (see link above).

Tulsa Opera presents Letter Aria from Tobias Picker’s Emmeline, sung by soprano Madison Leonard with pianist Tobias Picker.

Left: Madison Leonard, soprano; right: Tobias Picker, composer and pianist

Today, at 2pm, As part of Tulsa Opera’s Staying Alive series, soprano Madison Leonard, who was to sing the title role in this season’s production of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline before it was cancelled due to COVID-19, sings the opera’s Letter Aria from home to piano accompaniment from the composer himself. Ms. Leonard sings additional selections from Emmeline later in the week. Go to

Update: April 16

London Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler’s Symphony No.2

Tonight, at 7:30pm BST, the London Symphony Orchestra will broadcast live on YouTube a concert which was originally performed at the Barbican Centre  on February 4 2018. The LSO will be at full strength as Semyon Bychkov takes to the podium for one of Mahler’s most successful works, his Second Symphony.

Update: April 14

Marc-André Hamelin performs a live-streamed recital at 8pm ET tonight!

Tonight, at 8pm ET (“doors open” at 7:30pm), in a co-presentation by the 92nd Street YChamber Music Detroit, and University of Chicago Presents, pianist Marc-André Hamelin live-streams a fabulously eclectic recital program from his home near Boston, Massachusetts.

You can watch here.

C.P.E. BACH: Rondo in C Minor, Wq. 59/4
ENESCU: Choral and Carillon Nocturne, Op. 18, Nos. 6 and 7
FAURÉ: Nocturne No. 6 in D-flat Major, Op. 63
SCRIABIN: Fantasie in B Minor, Op. 28
LISZT: Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude 
DEBUSSY: selections from Préludes, Book 2
4. «Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses»: Rapide et léger
5. Bruyères: Calme
6. Général Lavine – eccentric: Dans le style et le mouvement d’un Cakewalk
7. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune: Lent
11. Les tierces alternées: Modérément animé
12. Feux d’artifice: Modérément animé

Update: March 29

TODAY: Virtual Concert with MARC DJOKIC
On Sunday, March 29th at 4:00 pm Orchestre classique de Montréal’s concertmaster Marc Djokic, one of Canada’s finest violinists, will be giving a free solo recital on his Facebook page as part of the National Arts Centre initiative, #CanadaPerforms
To watch today’s concert, go to Marc’s Facebook page by clicking here.


Update: March 27

Join Deutsche Grammophon for #WorldPianoDay

This Saturday 28th March at 3 PM CET (10 AM EST), Deutsche Grammophon will mark #WorldPianoDay with a virtual livestreamed festival featuring performances from Maria João Pires, Rudolf Buchbinder, Evgeny Kissin, Víkingur Ólafsson, Jan Lisiecki, Joep Beving, Simon Ghraichy, Kit Armstrong, Daniil Trifonov and many more.


Mahler: Symphony No. 1, Movement No. 2; New York Youth Symphony

The New York Youth Symphony led by Music Director Michael Repper had to cancel its spring concert at Carnegie Hall but in a moving display of hope, community and resilience, 74 members of the orchestra came together virtually from their isolation points across the country to perform the uplifting Second movement from Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan”.

Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra

Nézet-Séguin: Haydn to Mahler 

Performed on October 31, 2010, this historic program was Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s first as music director designate.

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Haydn Symphony No. 100 (“Military”)
Mahler Symphony No. 5

Watch here

March 17 – As the list of cancellations grows, many concert presenters are offering streaming – and free streaming – as an alternative.

Recent announcements of free webcast concerts

The Philadelphia Orchestra on March 12 broadcast Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 live on its Facebook page from an empty Verizon Hall. Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin said in his introductory remarks: “This music that we cherish and we love, that inspires is, this music has survived hundreds of years of hardship and struggle. And here we are, we are still inspired by this music and we can still perform it. I know that soon we are going to be back sharing this music with you … everywhere the world, as a great community as a joyful event. But as we now share this music virtually with you, I know that it will help us go through these strange and difficult times for the entire world and that this music will help us, guide us and channel all our our emotions, and help us to feel that we are together on this beautiful planet Earth.” For a link to the concert go the orchestra’s Facebook page:

It was announced on March 13 that the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra will provide free access to all concerts and films in its Digital Concert Hall. This free access can be used with the BERLINPHIL code until March 31.

Also on March 13, we published an announcement by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, which, having cancelled live concerts, has added live concerts and rebroadcasts to its streaming network until the orchestra returns to the stage of Benaroya Hall. For details:

The Vienna State Opera is also offering one free opera per day online. Go to:

The Bavarian State Opera originally planned to stream an Academy orchestral performance on March 16 but reconsidered on the grounds that some BSO musicians have travelled to “risk areas.” A planned streaming of Swan Lake on March 21 has also been modified. See the schedule here.

Since March 16, the Metropolitan Opera is presenting one free opera per night online:

As a sign of gratitude to its audience during these challenging times, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, which had to suspend its BeethovenFest last Thursday, offered Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” live from the Orpheum as a virtual finale:

The full program of the Schwab Vocal Rising Stars of the Caramoor Center in New York is broadcast live on YouTube.

Starting this evening, the Budapest Festival Orchestra will present a series of chamber music concerts, entitled Quarantine Soiree, live on the web, on the initiative of conductor Iván Fischer. To follow the series, go to

The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) has announced the online launch of its 38th edition: Programming will be available online across Canada, from March 17 at 7 p.m. to March 29 at midnight, on the same dates as those originally planned. Access to the films will be made via Vimeo on demand at a cost of $30 for all films and for the duration of the online programming.
Go to:

Krisztina Szabó and Chris Foley, headlining artists of the emerging artists’ showcase Songbook X, presented by Tapestry Opera have agreed to give a free livestreaming concert. The concert, hosted by Michael Hidetoshi Mori, will be streamed on their Youtube channel on Sunday March 21 at 8 PM.

Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will be streaming one concert each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting this Wednesday March 18 at 8PM, on

On March 19, New York’s On Site Opera announced it will host a series of online performance live streams and events to remote patrons and audiences as social distancing becomes a necessary norm all over the world. The organization will offer encore footage from four past productions in their entirety over the next four weeks; Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt, March 23, Pygmalion, March 30, The Secret Gardener, April 6, and Murasaki’s Moon, April 13. Over the next several weeks, the organization will also lead virtual “town hall” style discussions and offer online dramatic coachings with On Site Opera’s General and Artistic Director, Eric Einhorn. All weekly On Site Opera streams will begin at 12:00 p.m. EST on the company’s website at  and Facebook page at

The San Francisco Symphony announced, also on March 19, that all documentary and concert episodes of Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony’s groundbreaking Keeping Score project will be made available for unlimited free streaming on the Symphony’s YouTube channel.

Montreal’s Orchestre Metropolitain (OM) has also announced it will be streaming for people at home. See the press release.

The list will be updated as new announcements are made.

Our First Corona Serenades concert (Week 1) is now available online. Here is the link below:


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