Opera in the Time of Corona

Your Guide to Virtual Opera

Every day we seem to find more and more fascinating opera programming online, so we thought it was about time for an update.

While many of us were disappointed not to see LA Opera’s production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande in May with James Conlon on the podium, fret no more. The Maestro has posted a three-part seminar on Pelléas et Mélisande to this LA Opera website page. Why not listen to part 1 and then experience Barrie Kosky’s new production of Pelléas et Mélisande from the Komishce Oper in Berlin via this YouTube page? Special bonus—the subtitles are in English.

  • LA Opera’s LAO at Home continues with its Living Room Recitals and other presentations. Check the website and the LA Opera at Home Facebook page for updated content.
  • Pittance Chamber Music also has an At Home page featuring short videos courtesy of their "stay-at-home" artists.
  • Our friend Gail Eichenthal at KUSC points out that musicians around the world are stepping to share their art including such local favorites as LACO, Los Angeles Master Chorale and more that you can find on her list at the KUSC website.
  • KUSC also teams up with LA Phil for a Tuesday to Friday from 6-7pm one-hour radio program called At Home with Gustavo Dudamel where the maestro talks about his favorite music with Brian Lauritzen.
  • If your tickets to The Industry’s recently acclaimed offering, Sweet Land, were cancelled (as mine were), fret no more as it is now available via streaming at The Industry website. This does have a $15 charge to stream anytime.
  • Today Tix offers a comprehensive list of both opera and theater including London’s National Theatre at Home which offers an ongoing selection of top-notch theatre productions. Currently, Shakespeare’s whirlwind comedy of mistaken identity, Twelfth Night, is featured.
  • Zurich Opera has just begun to stream several of its opera and ballet productions from now through June 1. Next up will be Nabucco conducted by Fabio Luisi.
  • London’s Royal Opera House launched a program of free online content which includes ballet as well as opera and can found via the company’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
  • In Berlin, Staatsoper unter den Linden continues to stream operas and concerts via its website. They even offer a digital program booklet.
  • The last week of April, Vienna State Opera will stream Hansel und Gretel, Madama Butterfly, Fidelio and Berlioz’s epic masterpiece Les Troyens featuring Joyce DiDonato. You can find the complete schedule at Staatsoper Live.
  • Palermo, Sicily’s Teatro Massimo continues to present daily streams of its past programs including the rarely staged Attila. Click here to access the performance and a virtual program to make the experience as immersive as possible.
  • Have you ever wanted to go to the annual Rossini Festival? Well, now we have chance as it embarks on a new enterprise entitled Soirees Musicales which will stream a cycle of operas from the Festival’s past decade. Find it on the Rossini Festival website.
  • Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy also has its own YouTube channel where you can find a variety of opera titles both familiar and rare such as Korngold’s Violanta and Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto.
  • Beth Morrison Projects offers “Opera of the Week” on its website.
  • Bachtrack offers a weekly update with recommendations for concerts, opera and dance to stream. The site features an impressive library of nearly a thousand streamable events.

We’ll be updating this list regularly so please be sure to check back for new additions.

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