COVID-19: Concerts and Operas on the Web


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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.

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