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May 24, 2020 | By Clive Paget, Musical America

We will be updating this list weekly. Please note that all times are given in U.S. Eastern Time (ET). To calculate in other time zones or counties, British Summer Time (BST) is currently five hours ahead of ET and Central European Time (CET) is currently six hours ahead. U.S. Central Daylight Time (CDT) is one hour behind ET. Mountain Time (MT) is two hours behind ET, while Pacific Time (PT) is three hours behind. Contact editor@musicalamerica.com.

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Monday, May 25

10 am ET: Concertgebouworkest presents Tchaikovsky’s Overture Romeo & Juliet and the Violin Concerto with Simone Lamsma, violin. Conductor: Elim Chan. (Recorded September 13, 2019). With an introduction by Elim Chan and Simone Lamsma. View here.

12 pm ET: Pop Up Pipa with Wu Man: Episode 4: Andrea Piccioni. Pipa virtuoso Wu Man’s new video series continues to explore musical traditions around the world, in this case through a performance with Roman percussionist Andrea Piccioni on the traditional Italian tamburello. View here.

1 pm ET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Mozart’s Don Giovani (Performance of January 29, 2017). Conductor: Adam Fischer, director: Jean-Louis Martinoty, with Simon Keenlyside (Don Giovanni), Sorin Coliban (Der Komtur), Irina Lungu (Donna Anna), Benjamin Bruns (Don Ottavio), Dorothea Röschmann (Donna Elvira), Erwin Schrott (Leporello), Ileana Tonca (Zerlina), Manuel Walser (Masetto). Sign up for free and view here.

1 pm ET: IDAGIO Live presents Kirill Gerstein’s #ViewAcrossTheKeyboard. Join Kirill Gerstein in an exploration of the treasures of keyboard discography every Monday evening. View here and on demand.

5:30 pm ET: Live from Lincoln Center presents 9/11 Memorial Concert: A German Requiem. Recorded nine days after September 11, 2001, this somber but uplifting New York Philharmonic concert of Brahms’s Requiem will be rebroadcast. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust. Conducted by James Levine; starring Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and John Relyea. Transmitted live on November 22, 2008. View here and for 24 hours.

Tuesday, May 26

4am ET: Deutsche Oper Berlin presentsJanácek’s Jenufa. Conductor: Donald Runnicles, director: Christof Loy, with Michaela Kaune, Jennifer Larmore, Hanna Schwarz, Nadine Secunde, Will Hartmann, Ladislav Elgr, Stephen Bronk, Simon Pauly and others. Experience a recording of Janácek’smasterpiece from 2014, recorded on the Unitel label and broadcast with permission. View here until May 28.

11:30 am ET: IDAGIO presents Bach Cello Suites: The Castle in the Desert with Jean-Guihen Queyras. How did Bach come to compose a two-and-a-half hour “opera” for a single 4-stringed instrument? Why did he use dances throughout the Suites? Are these dances meant to be danced? How does one choose a bowing? How free can the interpreter be? Jean-Guihen will be delighted to answer your questions, which can be sent to live@idagio.com. View here and on demand.

12 pm ET: Kennedy Center presents Reach For the Moon. In celebration of President John F. Kennedy’s birthday on May 29, the Kennedy Center rebroadcasts the National Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Concert from 2016 celebrating the Moon Mission and beyond. View here.

1 pm ET: OperaVision presents Prokofiev’s War and Peace. Based on Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel, Prokofiev’s opera portrays the tribulations of Russian society as Napoleon’s armies edge closer to the country’s borders. Monumental in scale, the Moscow State Stanislavsky Music Theater production has a cast of over 400 with 70 principal singers and a massive chorus on stage. Conductor: Felix Korobov, director: Alexander Titel, with Dmitry Zuev (Prince Andrey Bolkonsky), Natalia Petrozhitskaya (Natasha Rostova), Larisa Andreeva (Sonya), Nikolay Erokhin (Pierre Bezukhov), Ksenia Dudnikova (Hélène Bezukhova), Sergei Balashov (Anatole Kuragin), Dmitry Ulyanov (Field-Marshal Prince Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov). A fabulous rarity – not to be missed. View here. **

1 pm ET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment (Performance of September 25, 2016). Conductor: Evelino Pidò, director and costumes: Laurent Pelly, with Julie Fuchs (Marie), John Tessier (Tonio), Donna Ellen (Marquise de Berkenfield), Carlos Álvarez (Sulpice), Marcus Pelz (Hortensius). Sign up for free and view here.

1 pm ET: IDAGIO presents Thomas Hampson’s World of Song. Tune in with baritone Thomas Hampson and a special guest every Tuesday evening for insights into some of his favorite repertoire and recordings. View here and later on demand.

1 pm ET: Parma Live Stage presents the Belfiato Quintet in a live stream a performance of works by Herbert A. Deutsch, Leoš Janácek, and Pavel Haas from the Rudolfinum’s Dvorák Hall in Prague. View here. LIVE

1:30 pm ET: Bergen International Festival presents Beethoven x Bartók. A wild and wistful house concert from Grieg’s villa at Troldhaugen with Leif Ove Andsnes piano, Mari Eriksmoen soprano, Sonoko Miriam Welde violin, and Ludvig Gudim violin. View here.

2 pm ET: Live with Carnegie Hall presents Musical Explorers, a program created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute for elementary school students and families, inviting them to learn songs from around the world, building a deeper understanding of different cultures while developing basic singing and listening skills. This episode will feature a full digital concert experience filmed live at Carnegie Hall exploring Colombian cumbia, Armenian folk music, and hip hop. This show also introduces Learn with Carnegie Hall, a new ongoing strand of online programming highlighting Carnegie Hall’s wide range of music education and social impact activities. View here.

4 pm ET: Next Fest Connects presents a Masterclass with Matt Haimovitz. The Grammy-nominated cellist leads the following pparticipating musicians and repertoire: Rocio Diaz di Cossio in Saariaho's Sept Papillions 1-6; Maria Shim in Bach's Suite No. 3, Prelude; and Yoonjung Hwang in Penderecki's Cadenza. The masterclass is via Zoom, and free to any and all with registration.

5 pm ET: Renée Fleming presents Music and Mind Live. The soprano and arts and health advocate talks to scientists and practitioners working at the intersection of music, neuroscience, and healthcare, including a live Q&A from viewers. This episode features “Community of Voices, Sound and Music Perception, and a Resource for the Future” with Julene Johnson, PhD and Charles Limb, MD (University of California San Francisco); Sunil Iyengar (National Endowment for the Arts). View on Fleming’s Facebook page and on demand on the Kennedy Center website.

5:30 pm ET: Live From Lincoln Center presents Chamber Music Society with Itzhak Perlman. Enjoy this 1978 CMS performance of works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn, featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s Ernani. Conducted by Marco Armiliato; starring Angela Meade, Marcello Giordani, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Ferruccio Furlanetto. Transmitted live on February 25, 2012. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: 92nd Street Y presents Roderick Williams. The English baritone joins pianist Julius Drake in an interdisciplinary performance involving animation, acting, Beethoven and Brahms. Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte is the springboard into Brahms’ Die Schöne Magelone, a song cycle which tells the legend of Count Peter of Provence and his search for Magelone the Fair. The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik reads Roderick Williams’s English translation of the text, accompanied by animated short films by designer and filmmaker Cristina Garcia Martin. View here. LIVE

8 pm ET: New York City Ballet presents George Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations. Principal casting: Ashley Bouder and Andrew Veyette, with the NYCB Orchestra conducted by Daniel Capps. Filmed on January 28, 2015 at Lincoln Center. View on website, Facebook or YouTube until May 29 at 8 pm ET.

9 pm ET: Living Music with Nadia Sirota: Pirate Radio Edition. Award-winning violist, broadcaster and curator Nadia Sirota’s new music and talk show airs from her garage in Los Angeles with special guests performing from their homes. With soprano Anna Schubert, cellist Gabriel Cabezas, and violin-viola duo Linnea Powell and Adrianne Pope (Aperture Duo). View here.

Wednesday, May 27

10 am ET: Concertgebouworkest presents Zemlinsky’s Die Seejungfrau. Vladimir Jurowski, conductor, plus an interview with Vladimir Jurowski about the work. (Recorded March 28, 2013). With an introduction by Hein Wiedijk, clarinet. View here.

12 pm ET: IDAGIO presents Mahler Symphony No. 6. Iván Fischer, music director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, walks us through the symphonies of Gustav Mahler. He shares his thoughts and feelings about each work, answering your questions and listening to his recording of these masterpieces. View here and on demand.

12 pm ET: Pop Up Pipa with Wu Man: Episode 5: Xuefei Yang. Wu Man goes back to Bach, this time in performance with guitarist Xuefei Yang, a fellow alumnus of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. They each take one of the two parts in the composer’s Two-Part Invention No. 8 in F major. View here.

12 pm ET: Staatskapelle Dresden presents Herbert Blomstedt. Herbert Blomstedt conducts with András Schiff piano in a concert to celebrate Maestro Blomstedt’s 90th birthday. View here and available for 48 hours.

1 pm ET: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic presents Martin Fröst (conductor and clarinet soloist) in a program of Piazzolla’s Oblivión, version for clarinet and string orchestra, Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. In Sweden – where the government’s approach to Covid 19 has been different to nearly every other nation by not going into lockdown – the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic performs weekly on stage with up to 40 musicians at any one time. View here. LIVE

1 pm ET: IDAGIO presents Voyage of Mankind: The Beethoven Quartets. Drawing on their own experiences, the Kuss Quartett explores what makes these masterpieces different and what challenges they present to performers. A perfect introduction for those new to the works, and an invitation to explore further for those who already know them. View here and on demand.

1 pm ET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Strauss’s Salome (Performance of January 24, 2020). Conductor: Michael Boder, director: Boleslaw Barlog, with Lise Lindstrom (Salome), Herwig Pecoraro (Herodes), Waltraud Meier (Herodias), Michael Volle (Jochannan), Carlos Osuna (Narraboth). Sign up for free and view here.

1:30 pm ET: The Kanneh-Mason Family. “The Von Trapps of Classical Music” (Telegraph UK) go live via cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Facebook every Wednesday and Friday with a mixture of intimate family chamber performances and behind the scenes chat. Watch here.

2 pm ET: Cliburn Watch Party presents 2017 Cliburn Finalist Yury Favorin’s Quarterfinal Recital. Program: Bach-Busoni’s Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639, Rachmaninov’s Variations on a Theme by Corelli, op. 42, Scriabin’s Sonata No. 10, op. 70, Liszt’s Scherzo and March. View here.

3 pm ET: Bergen International Festival presents Håkan Hardenberger & Colin Currie from Bergen International Festival 2018 Trumpet and percussion virtuosos. View here.

7 pm ET: Kaufman Music Center presents cellist Gabriel Cabezas in a program of mostly contemporary works recorded at his home, and directed (via Zoom) by noted stage + video director James Darrah. The program includes Jessie Montgomery’s Prelude, Alyssa Weinberg’s Pieces of Light, Gabriella Smith’s Lost Coast, Nico Muhly’s Drones and Viola da Gamba, and Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. Conducted by James Levine; starring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, and Pablo Elvira. Transmitted live on March 29, 1980. View here and for 24 hours.

Thursday, May 28

11 am ET: IDAGIO presents Sir Antonio Pappano on Aida. The Music Director of Rome's Santa Cecilia Orchestra, introduces Aida in four consecutive episodes, offering his insights into Verdi's musical craft. Tune in to explore the ancient world through the eyes of Italy's greatest opera composer. View here and later on demand.

12 pm ET: Beth Morrison Projects presents Ellen West. A remarkable operatic poem that plunges into the emotional, psychological, and physical challenges of a woman struggling with perceptions of her body, her relationship with food, and the world closing in around her. Inspired by one of the earliest cases of existential analysis, poet Frank Bidart and composer Ricky Ian Gordon examine the lives of psychiatrist Ludwig Binswanger and his patient, Ellen West. Bidart’s poem, which serves as the opera’s libretto, juxtaposes the clinical observations of Binswanger with fictitious entries of Ellen’s journals, illuminating a psychological portrait of a woman at war with her body. View here and on demand for a week.

12 pm ET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (Performance of January 18, 2015). Conductor: Peter Schneider, director: David McVicar, with Peter Seiffert (Tristan), Iréne Theorin (Isolde), Albert Dohmen (König Marke), Tomasz Konieczny (Kurwenal), Gabriel Bermúdez (Melot), Petra Lang (Brangäne). Sign up for free and view here.

1 pm ET: Parma Live Stage presents the Janácek Philharmonic Ostrava in a live stream concert of chamber works. View here. LIVE

1 pm ET: IDAGIO presents Thursdays with Thomas. Join Thomas Hampson in conversation with colleagues, friends, and other major personalities of the classical music world. Every week, Thomas invites a special guest for a discussion around their favorite piece of the classical repertoire. View here and later on demand.

2 pm ET: Parma Live Stage presents violinist Miriam Davis in a live stream performance of works by Bach, Cowie, and Ysaÿe. View here. LIVE

2 pm ET: Live with Carnegie Hall presents cellist Alisa Weilerstein in an episode centered on her musical journey with Bach’s six unaccompanied cello suites with conversation moderated by John Schaefer. View here.

2:30 pm ET: London Symphony Orchestra presents Brahms’s German Requiem and Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater. Conductor: Valery Gergiev, with Sally Matthews soprano, Ekaterina Gubanova mezzo-soprano, Kostas Smoriginas baritone, Christopher Maltman baritone, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra. View on here and later on demand.

7 pm ET: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Watch Parties presents Ravel & Strauss. Ravel’s La Valse, Fabien Gabel, conductor. Strauss’s Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, conductor. Strauss’s Burleske in D minor, Leonard Slatkin, conductor, Bertrand Chamayou, piano. With an introduction from Shannon Orme, DSO clarinet and bass clarinet. View here and later on demand.

7 pm ET: Library of Congress and Portland Ovations present the International Contemporary Ensemble in an interactive digital concert—Aural Explorations: Farrin, Fure, and Messiaen—featuring the world premieres of Suzanne Farrin’s Nacht and Ashley Fure’s interior listening protocol 1, paired with Messiaen’s Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus for ondes Martenot. The stream will include a “lobby” experience, before and after the performance, where audiences can tune in to live discussions between Farrin, Fure, and members of ICE. Glimpses into the creation of Suzanne Farrin’s Nacht will be shared in a screening of a short documentary. View here and RSVP here to continue conversations with the artists after the performance via Zoom.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Berlioz’s Les Troyens. Conducted by Fabio Luisi; starring Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Bryan Hymel, and Dwayne Croft. Transmitted live on January 5, 2013. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Live From Lincoln Center presents Itzhak Perlman Plays Mendelssohn and Brahms. Perlman joins conductor David Zinman and the New York Philharmonic for an evening of violin concertos. The beloved violinist comments between pieces. View here.

7:30 pm ET: 92nd Street Y presents Pepe Romero. The guitar legend performs music inspired by the Alhambra Palace livestreamed from his home in the foothills of Granada. Program includes Bach and Spanish guitar works, closing with an intimate solo version of the gorgeous Adagio from Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Stay tuned after the concert for for an informal chat about the program with Pepe Romero and Performance Today’s Fred Child. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: The Mark Morris Dance Group presents Dance On!, an online event premiering four short video dances by Mark Morris, choreographed and rehearsed for the first time entirely via Zoom videoconference. The new works include: Lonely Waltz, to Ravel’s La Valse; Sunshine, to “You Are My Sunshine” recorded by Gene Autry; Lonely Tango, to an excerpt from the piano suite Sports et Divertissements by Satie; and Anger Dance set to the music of Henry Cowell. The dances will be followed by a live, online question-and-answer session with Mark Morris and Colin Fowler, MMDG Music Director. The event is free but you must register here to receive a personal link to the live stream.

8 pm ET: The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Bartók’s First Violin Concerto. Originally performed in May 2014, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts with Lisa Batiashvili violin. View here.

8 pm ET: Wheeling Symphony Orchestra presents A Night in with the WSO. WSO musicians will present works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Ravel and more. Rising star Maxim Lando will present solo piano pieces by Tchaikovsky. Join Music Director John Devlin for this one-night-only livestream concert that will celebrate your community in concert! Donations will be accepted during the performance to continue support the WSO. View here.

9 pm ET: Living Music with Nadia Sirota: Pirate Radio Edition. Award-winning violist, broadcaster and curator Nadia Sirota’s new music and talk show airs from her garage in Los Angeles with special guests performing from their homes. View here.

10 pm ET: Seattle Opera Songs of Summer presents Angel Blue. Since making her Seattle Opera debut as Clara in the 2011 production of Porgy and Bess, American soprano Angel Blue has returned to McCaw Hall as Bess in 2018 and as Violetta in the 2017 La Traviata. Her recent appearances at the Metropolitan Opera include star turns as Bess and as Mimì. Launching the Songs of Summer series, and accompanied by Jay Rozendaal, the program includes Rachmaninov, Heggie, Charpentier, and Verdi, as well as African American spirituals. Prior to Seattle Opera’s cancellation, Ms. Blue had been scheduled to sing Mimì. View here.

Friday, May 29

3 am ET: Carnegie Hall Live & Medici.TV present Daniil Trifonov in recital, performing works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Prokofiev (Original broadcast date: February 9, 2019). View here and available for 72 hours.

8 am ET: Semperoper Dresden streams Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. (Recording of the production from December 2006). Conductor Michael Hofstetter, director: Katharina Thalbach, with Antigone Papoulkas (Hänsel), Anna Gabler (Gretel), Hans-Joachim Ketelsen (Father), Irmgard Vilsmaier (Mother), Iris Vermillon (Witch). View here until June 1.

10 am ET: Concertgebouworkest presents Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. Conducted by Mariss Jansons. (Recorded November 3, 2013) With an introduction by Johan van Iersel, cello. View here.

12 pm ET: Faithful Friday with Angel Blue. The acclaimed American soprano in the latest episode of her topical talk show broadcast live every Friday on Facebook and Instagram. Celebrity chef, author and philanthropist Cat Cora joins Angel to discuss her trailblazing journey and the important role food plays in bringing family together. This is the eleventh weekly installment of the series that aims to help people “keep the faith,” believe in themselves, get motivated, and support each other during these unsettling times.

12 pm ET: Opernhaus Zürich presents Verdi’s Rigoletto. Conductor: Fabio Luisi, director: Tatjana Gürbaca, with Saimir Pirgu (Il Duca di Mantova), George Petean (Rigoletto), Aleksandra Kurzak (Gilda), Andrea Mastroni (Sparafucile), Judith Schmid (Maddalena), Philharmonia Zürich, Chor der Oper Zürich. View here and until June 1.

12 pm ET: Pop Up Pipa with Wu Man: Episode 6: Wu Wei. The pipa virtuoso improvises alongside Wu Wei, a virtuoso of different traditional Chinese instrument—the sheng. As Wu Man has done for the pipa, Wu Wei has been an ambassador for his instrument, bringing it into contact with diverse styles around the world. View here.

12 pm ET: Daniel Hope presents Hope@Home on Tour. As Germany relaxes its lockdown the award-winning violinist takes his popular livestreamed TV series on the road. This weekend, Hope hosts the show from a Berlin villa that used to belong to his own grandmother. Once a Jewish school, the property was confiscated by Nazi Foreign Minister Von Ribbentrop and converted into a cryptology center—the Nazis' equivalent of Britain’s Bletchley Park—and still belongs to the German government. View here.

1 pm ET: Staatsoper Unter den Linden presents Brazilian Songs. Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Suite for soprano and violin, and Heitor Villa-Lobos and Waldemar Henrique’s pieces by for soprano and six double basses, as well as Argentinean and Finnish tangos for four double basses. With Adriane Queiroz, David Delgado and the double bassists of the Staatskapelle Berlin. View here and on demand “for a few days”.

1 pm ET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Mozart’s Don Giovani (Performance of November 1, 2015). Conductor: Adam Fischer, director: Jean-Louis Martinoty, with Mariusz Kwiecien (Don Giovanni), Sorin Coliban (Der Komtur), Marina Rebeka (Donna Anna), Benjamin Bruns (Don Ottavio), Juliane Banse (Donna Elvira), Erwin Schrott (Leporello), Andrea Carroll (Zerlina), Jongmin Park (Masetto). Sign up for free and view here.

1 pm ET: OperaVision presents Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Conceived to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the magnificent St Alexander Nevsky Memorial Cathedral at the heart of the city in 2014, Sofia National Opera performed in the open air at the entrance to the building. Conductor: Konstantin Chudovsky, director: Plamen Kartaloff, with Martin Tsonev (Boris Godunov), Sergey Drobishevsky (Prince Vasily Ivanovich Shuysky), Angel Hristov (Pimen), ostadin Andreev (Grigory Otrepiev), Petar Buchkov (Varlaam). View here.

1:30 pm ET: The Kanneh-Mason Family. “The Von Trapps of Classical Music” (Telegraph UK) go live via cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Facebook every Wednesday and Friday with a mixture of intimate family chamber performances and behind the scenes chat. Watch here.

2 pm ET: Royal Opera House presents The Cellist (Production from 2020). Cathy Marston’s new work for the Royal Ballet is based on the life of cellist Jacqueline Du Pre. View here and until June 22.

3 pm ET: WUOL Classical Louisville presents “In This Together.” Louisville Orchestra MD Teddy Abrams joins Daniel Gilliam as a regular co-host. Video streaming live on the station's Facebook page, the live radio show is “a weekly segment to help bring us closer together with music and conversation when we need to be apart.”

6 pm ET: Kennedy Center presents An American Pageant of the Arts. In celebration of President John F. Kennedy’s birthday on May 29, the Kennedy Center rebroadcasts this archival 1962 concert with President John F. Kennedy, a seven-year-old Yo-Yo Ma, Leonard Bernstein, Danny Kaye, Marion Anderson, Van Cliburn, Richard Tucker and more. A Fundraiser for the National Cultural Center. View here. **

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Bellini’s La Sonnambula. A “Viewers’ Choice” conducted by Evelino Pidò; starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez. Transmitted live on March 21, 2009. View here and for 24 hours.

8pm ET: Opera Philadelphia presents Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves (Production from September 2016). An Opera Philadelphia commission from the creative team of composer Missy Mazzoli, librettist Royce Vavrek and director James Darrah, Breaking the Waves is adapted from Lars von Trier’s searing Oscar-nominated film depicting a tragedy of conflicting ethical imperatives that serves as a meditation on the nature of goodness. Starring soprano Kiera Duffy and baritone John Moore under the baton of Steven Osgood. The premiere proved a sensation winning the Music Critics Association of North America (MCANA)’s inaugural Best New Opera Award. View here. **
 
8 pm ET: New York City Ballet presents Justin Peck’s Easy, set to music by Leonard Bernstein, along with excerpts from six other ballets: Pam Tanowitz’s Bartók Ballet, Alexei Ratmansky’s Voices, Gianna Reisen’s Composer’s Holiday, Kyle Abraham’s The Runaway, Justin Peck’s The Times Are Racing, and Mauro Bigonzetti’s Oltremare. View on website, Facebook or YouTube until June 1 at 8 pm ET.

8 pm ET: Third Coast Percussion presents Digital TCP: Danny Elfman. TCP performs a new work— Percussion Quartet—composed for them by four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman. They will also share exclusive interview footage with Danny about his creative process, and about writing the piece, as well as streaming a live Q&A with the ensemble. View here.

Saturday, May 30

4am ET: Deutsche Oper Berlin presents Wagner’s Rienzi. Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing, director: Philipp Stölzl, with Kate Aldrich, Camilla Nylund; Torsten Kerl, Ante Jerkunica, Krzysztof Szumanski, Lenus Carlson, Clemens Bieber, Stephen Bronk and others. Recording from 2010 from the Unitel label and broadcast with permission. View here until June 1.

7:30 am ET: National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan presents Mozart and Dvorák. Mozart’s Serenade No. 10, "Gran Partita” and Dvorák’s Serenade for Strings in E, Op. 22. Taiwan’s leading orchestra, the NSO enjoys an excellent reputation among international symphony orchestras. Thanks to the country’s rapid response to the COVID crisis, the government has given the green light to a live audience, in this case of 677. View here and for 48 hours.

8 am ET: The Gilmore presents Satie’s Vexations with Igor Levit. To raise awareness for the plight of artists worldwide amidst the coronavirus pandemic, pianist and 2018 Gilmore Artist Igor Levit gives a 20-hour, live-streamed, marathon performance from the b-sharp Studio in Berlin. Erik Satie’s Vexations, which lasts approximately 20 hours, is one of music history’s longest compositions. To support this project, Mr. Levit draws upon the $300,000 awarded to him two years ago as a Gilmore Artist. View here.

12 pm ET: Daniel Hope presents Hope@Home on Tour. As Germany relaxes its lockdown the award-winning violinist takes his popular livestreamed TV series on the road. This weekend, Hope hosts the show from a Berlin villa that used to belong to his own grandmother. Once a Jewish school, the property was confiscated by Nazi Foreign Minister Von Ribbentrop and converted into a cryptology center—the Nazis' equivalent of Britain’s Bletchley Park—and still belongs to the German government. View here.

1 pm ET: San Francisco Opera presents Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia (Production from 2011) with Riccardo Frizza, in his company debut, conducting Renée Fleming in the title role, Michael Fabiano as Gennaro, and Vitalij Kowaljow as Duke Alfonso. Production designed and directed by John Pascoe. View here and until midnight (PT) the following day.

1 pm ET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Performance of November 25, 2014). Conductor: Sascha Goetzel, director: Jean-Louis Martinoty, with Luca Pisaroni (Conte d’Almaviva), Olga Bezsmertna (Contessa d’Almaviva), Anita Hartig (Susanna), Adam Plachetka (Figaro), Rachel Frenkel (Cherubino). Sign up for free and view here.

2 pm ET: Lincoln Center Dance Week presents CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana (2015). Ballet Hispánico will “whisk us away to contemporary dance’s hottest spot” (Washington Post) in this showcase of Latin-inspired contemporary dance at its best. View here.

3 pm ET: Bergen International Festival presents BIT20 Ensemble. One of the leading contemporary orchestras in the Nordic countries with music by Ahvenniemi, Saariaho and Lachenmann. View here.

3 pm ET: Cliburn Watch Party presents 2016 Cliburn Amateur winner Thomas Yu. Highlights from his Cliburn Amateur appearance including McIntyre’s Butterflies and Bobcats, Durand’s Prelude No. 1, Debussy’s Reflets dans l’eau, Chopin’s Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, op. 39, Schumann-Liszt’s Widmung. View here.

5 pm ET: Spoleto Festival presents Coming Together. Members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra coalesce virtually for a performance of Coming Together, a minimalist masterpiece from American composer Frederic Rzewski. This selection, says Festival Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy, “functions as a metaphor for confinement and conditional freedom. Its accompanying text is fragmented into parts, but when gathered and stitched together, it speaks to defiance and resolve.” View here until June 7.

7 pm ET: Jennifer Koh’s “Alone Together.” Twenty-one composers, most of whom have salaried positions or institutional support, are donating newly composed works to the project, while also each recommending a freelance composer to be formally commissioned. View via Instagram TV and Facebook Live. Subsequently available via YouTube. Related content throughout the week includes composer insights, rehearsal footage, and musical scores posted on social media. This week’s program: Nina Shekhar’s warm in my veins, Ted Hearne’s THE SPACE BETWEEN AKA DON’T MAKE ME SOCIAL DISTANCE ANYMORE, Qasim Naqvi’s HAL, and Caroline Davis’s heart rituals.

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. Conducted by Domingo Hindoyan; starring Pretty Yende, Matthew Polenzani, Davide Luciano, and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo. Transmitted live on February 10, 2018. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Detroit presents Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson. The storybook romance of Bolivian-born violinist Laredo and American cellist Robinson has, for over 40 years, been expressed in every facet of their lives. Here they play  Handel/Halvorsen’s Passacaglia for Violin and Cello, Mozart’s Duo for Violin and Cello, after KV423 in G, Schulhoff’s Duo for Violin and Cello, and Andy Stein’s Tango, from Suite for Two for Violin and Cello. View here.

8 pm ET: Lincoln Center Dance Week presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1986). George Balanchine’s enchanting ballet based on Shakespeare’s comedy comes to magical life in this 1986 Live From Lincoln Center broadcast with the New York City Ballet. View here.

9 pm ET: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra presents A Musical Three-Course Meal, hosted and curated by Matthew Wilson, horn. A musical three-course meal with the SPCO featuring music by Brahms and Rossini. View here.

Sunday, May 31

10 am ET: Academy of Ancient Music presents Handel’s Agrippina. From The Grange Festival and director Walter Sutcliffe, Agrippina marries fresh, inventive operatic writing with a vivid tale of love, treachery and intrigue. Featuring a glittering cast and orchestra led by Robert Howarth, this sumptuous production does true justice to what many consider to be Handel's first masterpiece of the genre. View here.

12 pm ET: Glyndebourne Open House presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski. Gerald Finley stars as the libidinous Don in Jonathan Kent’s sleek, contemporary staging, with Kate Royal as Donna Elvira and Anna Samuil as the vengeful Donna Anna. Don Giovanni was captured live at Festival 2010. View here.

12 pm ET: Daniel Hope presents Hope@Home on Tour. As Germany relaxes its lockdown the award-winning violinist takes his popular livestreamed TV series on the road. This weekend, Hope hosts the show from a Berlin villa that used to belong to his own grandmother. Once a Jewish school, the property was confiscated by Nazi Foreign Minister Von Ribbentrop and converted into a cryptology center—the Nazis' equivalent of Britain’s Bletchley Park—and still belongs to the German government. View here.

1 pm ET: OperaVision presents Mussorgsky’s Sorochintsy Fair. Drinking songs, dances, folklore and a wild witches' Sabbath—Barrie Kosky’s Komische Oper Berlin production stages Mussorgsky's comic-grotesque opera as a colorful, plump folk play. Conductor: Henrik Nánási, director: Barrie Kosky, with Jens Larsen (Cherevik), Agnes Zwierko (Khivrya), Mirka Wagner (Parasya), Gritsko, (Alexander Lewis), Hans Gröning (The Gypsy), Carsten Sabrowski (Chernobog, the black god), Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin, Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin. Another Russian rarity packed with the trademark Kosky energy. View here. **

1 pm ET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Strauss’s Arabella (Performance of March 17, 2017). Conductor: Peter Schneider, director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf, withWolfgang Bankl (Graf Waldner), Stephanie Houtzeel (Adelaide), Camilla Nylund (Arabella), Chen Reiss (Zdenka), Bo Skovhus (Mandryka), Daniela Fally (Die Fiakermilli). Sign up for free and view here.

1 pm ET: Dutch National Opera presents Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Details TBA, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest. View here until June 4.

2 pm ET: London Symphony Orchestra presents Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle, with Karen Cargill (Marguerite), Bryan Hymel (Faust), Christopher Purves (Mephistopheles), Gábor Bretz (Brander), London Symphony Chorus, Tiffin Boys' Choir, Tiffin Girls' Choir, Tiffin Children's Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra. View on here and later on demand.

3 pm ET: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Watch Parties presents The Ring Without Words. Wagner (Arr. Maazel) Der Ring ohne Worte (The Ring Without Words), James Gaffigan, conductor. With an introduction by Jay Ritchie, DSO percussion and Assistant Principal Timpani. View here and later on demand.

5 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Front Row. Includes performance footage and an introductory interview offering a personal look into the artists’ lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by David Finckel and Wu Han, each concert will also include visual program notes and end with a live Q&A with the featured artist. This week: CMS violinist Cho-Liang Lin. Program: Foss’s Composer’s Holiday, Bernstein’s Canon for Aaron, Dvorák’s Larghetto from Sonatina in G major for Violin and Piano, and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. View here and for 72 hours.

5 pm ET: The Yo-Yo Mo Show. An Evening of Musical Doodling, learners of all ages are invited to grab some paper and doodling implements and join Mo Willems and Yo-Yo Ma to explore ways in which different art forms can inspire each other. This program, and all 15 episodes of Willems’s Lunch Doodles, will be available on the Mo Willems page of the Kennedy Center website.

6 pm ET: Lincoln Center presents Memorial For Us All led by Ailyn Pérez. While many rituals we hold dear are no longer possible, Memorial For Us All is an interfaith collaboration offering unity, comfort, and healing through music, an art form intertwined with so many of our most beloved rituals around the world. Anyone who has lost a loved one during this pandemic is invited to submit the name of a friend or family member to be honored here. Following last Sunday’s broadcast led by Kelli O’Hara, many community members from New York City and beyond have submitted names of loved ones lost to be honored this Sunday. View here.

7 pm ET: Lawrence Brownlee presents The Sitdown with LB. In the second of his new Facebook live series the tenor will be discussing the unique realities and experiences of being an opera singer of African-American or African descent with legendary tenor George Shirley. Future guests will include Will Liverman, J’Nai Bridges, and more. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Richard Strauss’s Salome. Conducted by Patrick Summers; starring Karita Mattila, Ildikó Komlósi, Kim Begley, Joseph Kaiser, and Juha Uusitalo. Transmitted live on October 11, 2008. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: Live at Lincoln Center presents American Ballet Theatre at The Metropolitan Opera House (1978). An evening of repertory includes the Act III Grand Pas de Deux of Don Quixote, Fokine’s Les Sylphides, Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, and Fokine’s Firebird. View here.

Monday, June 1

8am: Wigmore Hall Lunchtime Concerts presents Stephen Hough. The first of a new series of livestreamed concerts to an empty Wigmore Hall. Program includes Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin BWV1004 Chaconne (arr. Ferruccio Busoni) and Schumann’s Fantasie in C Op. 17. View here. LIVE

12 pm ET: Pop Up Pipa with Wu Man: Episode 7: Basel Rajoub. The pipa virtuoso plays alongside Rajoub on the duduk, performing a piece by Basel titled Honor Due. View here.

1 pm ET: IDAGIO Live presents Kirill Gerstein’s #ViewAcrossTheKeyboard. Join Kirill Gerstein in an exploration of the treasures of keyboard discography every Monday evening. View here and on demand.

2:15 pm ET: Bayerische Staatsoper presents Monday Concert. Bass Günther Groissböck and pianist Gerold Huber perform songs by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky; soloists from the Bayerisches Staatsorchester play Cerha’s Nachtstücke and Mozart’s Serenade No. 13 G Major K. 525 (Eine kleine Nachtmusik); members of the Bayerisches Staatsballett dance Petipa’s Don Quixote: Solo from Act 1 (Virna Toppi) and the Pas de deux from Act 2 (Laurretta Summerscales and Yonah Acosta). View here. LIVE, and then on demand from June 4 to June 18.

4 pm ET: Kaufman Music Center presents a four-hour Day of Musical Action featuring performances by students and faculty from all of the Center’s programs. 6 - 8 pm features performances by celebrity guests, including Joshua Bell, Broadway stars Nikki Renée Daniels and Jeff Kready, Alan Menken, David Robertson (performing Steve Reich's Clapping Music with his twin sons), Orli Shaham, Caroline Shaw, Carol Wincenc, songwriter Paul Williams, Shai Wosner, JACK Quartet, Nathalie Joachim, and Rob Kapilow. Also appearing will be Emanuel Ax, Sir James Galway, Missy Mazzoli, and broadcasters Terrance McKnight and John Schaefer. The Day of Musical Action will raise critical funds in support of Kaufman Music Center’s ongoing efforts to level the playing field for more than 4,000 music students from diverse backgrounds each year. Members of the KMC community who wish to participate (via pre-recorded video) are requested to donate or fundraise at least $100, while online attendance is free. Donations can be made here and view here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Bellini’s I Puritani. Conducted by Patrick Summers; starring Anna Netrebko, Eric Cutler, Franco Vassallo, and John Relyea. Transmitted live on January 6, 2007. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: The Guggenheim presents Click Clock - Tick Tock. 93-year-old jazz legend Dick Hyman joins forces with his grandson, designer and artist Adam Charlap-Hyman, and Metropolitan Opera star Anthony Roth Costanzo to create a surreal meditation on time during quarantine, with intricate paper cuts and ecstatic musical performances. With Adam Charlap Hymann (Paper Cutter) and Zack Winokur (Director). Works & Process is the Guggenheim’s Virtual Commission Series. View here.

Artists and Organizations Offering Free Content

The following are all accessible during the coronavirus pandemic:

Academy of Ancient Music
The most listened-to period instrument ensemble, directed by Richard Egarr, is making weekly streams available on its website. Guest artists include Louise Alder, soprano, Nicola Benedetti, violin, Mary Bevan, soprano, David Blackadder, trumpet, Iestyn Davies, countertenor, Tim Mead, countertenor, Christopher Purvis, bass, and Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short. Explore here.

Aix Festival
The Festival d’Aix-en-Provence is offering the opportunity to watch or re-watch full performances of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence operas online and for free. Offerings include: Puccini's Tosca, staged by Christophe Honoré (2019), Mozart's Requiem, staged by Romeo Castellucci (2019) **, Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, staged by Katie Mitchell (2018), Stravinsky's The Rake’s Progress, staged by Simon McBurney (2017) **, Mozart's Don Giovanni, staged by Jean-François Sivadier (2017). Many of these are rightly acclaimed. To view, click here.

American Opera Project
American Opera Project presents AOPTV: Opera Comes Home. Three world premiere English-language opera productions are available for livestream on the AOP website. As One is a chamber opera by composer Laura Kaminsky, librettist Mark Campbell and librettist/filmmaker Kimberly Reed in which two voices—Hannah after (mezzo-soprano) and Hannah before (baritone)—trace a transgender protagonist from her youth in a small town to her college years on the West Coast, and finally to Norway where she is surprised at what she learns about herself. Three Way, with music by Robert Paterson and libretto by David Cote, is an opera on the present and future of sex and love comprised of three, playful one-acts. Harriet Tubman, with music and libretto by Nkeiru Okoye, is a two-act theatrical work that tells of how a young girl born in slavery becomes Harriet Tubman, the legendary Underground Railroad conductor.

American Pianists Association
To keep the music alive while they prepare for the 2021 American Pianists Awards, APA is revisiting the last two classical competitions. For two months, it will be uploading performances to its YouTube Channel from the 2013 and 2017 Awards competitions. Performances by Sean Chen and Claire Huangci are already posted, and new videos will be added daily until late May.

American Symphony Orchestra
American Symphony Orchestra presents ASO Online. Each Wednesday, for as long as live performances are not possible, the ASO will release a recording from its archives. Content will alternate weekly between live video recordings of SummerScape operas and audio recordings from previous ASO concerts. Strauss Die Liebe aus Danae, conducted by Leon Botstein from 2011, is highly recommended and available now. **

Apollo’s Fire: Music for the Soul
The Cleveland-based baroque orchestra founded by Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell is offering a series of video streams entitled “Music for the Soul.” New episodes are posted here.

Australian Chamber Orchestra
ACO HomeCasts is an innovative digital content season curated by Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, and with an emphasis on content that reflects the ACO’s artistry, dynamism, and sense of adventure. ACO HomeCasts encompass a mix of hi- and lo-fi content presented across a range of channels. Musicians have been equipped with a mini in-home studio and training, enabling them to record, produce, and broadcast content directly from their homes. This includes full-length ACO concerts broadcast as Facebook Watch Parties hosted by an ACO musician, intimate solo performances filmed live from musicians’ homes, and “Ask-Me-Anything” Instagram interviews. Audiences can request specific performances and submit questions to musicians. Each week’s schedule is announced Monday mornings here.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
BSO musicians are putting live-streamed concerts on the orchestra’s Facebook page on Wednesday and Sunday nights “for the near future.”

Bard SummerScape & Fisher Center
Each week Fisher Center is releasing new content, including commissions and performances from its archives. The streamed works highlight a different aspect of Bard’s wealth and breadth of programming, including performances from its SummerScape Opera and BMF archives. Recent additions to the program include Bard SummerScape’s 2011 production of Strauss’s rarely performed Die Liebe der Danae and last year’s Daniel Fish directed staging of Michael Gordon’s Acquanetta. More details here.

Bayerischen Staatsoper
Individual performances – such as Bluebeard’s Castle with John Lundgren and Nina Stemme, and Il Trovatore with Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann – are available as live stream or as video-on-demand for 14 days. Monday Concerts will consist of Lied, solo instrumentalists, chamber music and dance including violinist Julia Fischer, soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, baritone Christian Gerhaher, pianist Gerold Huber, tenor Jonas Kaufmann, baritone Michael Nagy and bass Tareq Nazmi. Visit here to view and for details.

Beth Morrison Projects
The new opera powerhouse is offering an “Opera of the Week,” which streams every Thursday on BMP’s home page. The current offering is Brooklyn Babylon, a multimedia performance composed by Darcy James Argue with story and visuals by Danijel Zezeelj. The piece uses live instrumental music, animation, and live painting as its language of expression and communication to tell a story about the tallest tower in the world being constructed in the heart of futuristic Brooklyn.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
The Boston Symphony presents “BSO at Home,” which includes self-produced videos from BSO musicians and conductors featuring anecdotes, personal reflections and insights, and short informal performances to be released periodically through the BSO’s social media channels. There will also be six weeks of daily curated audio offerings available each weekday morning at 10 a.m. through www.bso.org/athome. For a complete list click here.

Budapest Festival Orchestra Quarantine Soirées
Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer has created a new concert series in response to the worldwide musical shutdown. The Quarantine Soirées are LIVE and free to view online chamber music concerts given nightly at 7:45 pm. Visit here for details of upcoming concerts.

Carnegie Hall
Live with Carnegie Hall is an online series designed to connect world-class artists with musical lovers everywhere, featuring live musical performances, storytelling, and conversations that offer deeper insights into great music and behind-the-scenes personal perspectives. In addition to live conversation and/performance, Live with Carnegie Hall programming will integrate historical or recent audio/video content drawn from concerts, master classes, and recordings. In most of the programs, artists will engage with viewers in real time via social media, building an inspired sense of community. The series will be streamed via Facebook and Instagram. A schedule will be found on carnegiehall.org/live.

The Cleveland Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra is offering free on-demand access to its Centennial Celebration conducted by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and featuring Lang Lang in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24. The concert also features Richard Strauss’s Die Frau Ohne Schatten Symphonic Fantasy and Ravel’s La Valse. It also offers daily Mindful Music Moments videos, and videos from musicians performing from home. For information and to view visit here.

Cliburn at Home
The Cliburn has three new online initiatives. “Cliburn Watch Party” relives some of the best moments of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition twice a week. “Cliburn Kids”—on Mondays and Thursdays at 11am—explores rhythm, storytelling, dance, and listening games in short (seven- to 10-minute), entertaining, and educational journeys. “Cliburn Amateur Spotlight,” on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 4 pm CDT, posts performance videos submitted by the 72 who were accepted as competitors for the 2020 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition (rescheduled to 2022). Visit Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or Cliburn.org.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has made its webcast archive available for free on its website. The collection features 200+ works going back three years, and highlights include Leonard Slatkin conducting John Luther Adams’s climate change-inspired Become Ocean from 2019, several world premieres, and a host of bite-sized encores.

Deutsche Grammophon Yellow Lounge
The German classical music giant is streaming Yellow Lounge broadcasts from its archives. Recent additions include clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer, pianists Alice Sara Ott and Chihiro Yamanaka, and cellist Mischa Maisky. Performances are broadcast in rotation, one video at a time, adding a new performance every few days. DG communicates the start of each new performance by newsletter at the start of each week. To keep updated sign up here.

Finnish National Opera
Finnish National Opera presents Stage24, a series of streamed archived performances on its website, which are then available for the next six months. Interesting recent content includes a staged version of Sibelius’s Kullervo, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Caspar Holten’s staging of Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer with Camilla Nylund and Christoff Loy’s Tosca. An excellent company and some really interesting and original work worth investigating ** View here.

Handel and Haydn Society
Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society has created the H+H Listening Room where you can hear and watch H+H performances including Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas filmed at New York’s Met Museum. There are also more than a dozen videos of musicians performing from their homes, a special video of principal flutist Emi Ferguson teaching people how to make their own baroque flute, and a new podcast called “Tuning In”. In the first episode Principal Cellist Guy Fishman interviews Artistic Director Harry Christophers about Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Explore here.

Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel
Violinist Judith Ingolfsson and pianist Vladimir Stoupel are seasoned soloists who united with the goal of exploring new paths and directions in the intimate atmosphere of the violin-piano recital winning acclaim for their performances across the globe. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are presenting music that is close to their hearts every Friday and Tuesday at 1 pm EST on YouTube. LIVE

Kennedy Center Couch Concerts
The Kennedy Center is offering a free, live digital performance initiative, Couch Concerts, to help inspire, uplift, heal, and bring the performing arts into homes across the country and around the world during these difficult times. Couch Concerts stream direct from artists’ homes on the Kennedy Center website at 4 pm ET every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Audiences can discover a wide range of other at-home programming through the Kennedy Center at Home webpage.

NEW: La Monnaie
Belgium’s operatic powerhouse La Monnaie de Munt has launched free streaming of another virtual season of six operas from the archives. The new batch includes Romeo Castellucci’s controversial staging of The Magic Flute, Laurent Pelly’s gorgeously whacky production of Rimsky Korsakov’s The Golden Cockrel, and Olivier Py’s thoughtful take on Lohengrin. Details and access here on demand until June 30. **

La Scala/RAI
Italy’s RAI presents five productions from La Scala Milan including the world premiere of Kurtág’s Fin de Partie, Daniel Barenboim conducting Götterdämmerung, Lisette Oropesa in Verdi’s I Masnadieri, Montedervi’s Orfeo conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini, and Les Vêpres Siciliennes conducted by Daniele Gatti. A wide range of concerts are also available. Click here to view and for further details.

Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center at Home enables families and communities to keep the arts front and center. From the archives of Lincoln Center’s resident organizations comes a trove of video, including rarely seen footage from decades of Live from Lincoln Center, more recent performances from across campus, and live streams from wherever performances are still happening. In addition, Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom broadcasts on Facebook Live every weekday at 10 am ET. Led by some of the world’s best artists and educators, each creative learning activity utilizes simple materials found at home to help families with children explore a variety of art forms. Each classroom will remain available on Facebook after the live broadcast. Finally, #ConcertsForKids teams up with top artists to bring world-class performances and diverse musical perspectives from their homes to yours. Check web calendar for latest digital offerings.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents free LACO AT HOME streaming and on demand performances, including a full showing of the orchestra’s critically acclaimed performance last fall featuring the West Coast premiere of Dark with Excessive Bright for double bass and strings by LACO Artist-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli. Available on demand here with more being added soon.

Los Angeles Master Chorale
“Offstage with the Los Angeles Master Chorale” is a weekly series airing at 5 pm (PT) and beginning on Friday, April 24. The series will feature interviews conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and Associate Conductor Jenny Wong with notable performers as well as Master Chorale singers. Before each interview, viewers will be able to submit questions via social media; recordings of each session available here. Special guests include newly appointed Artist-in-Residence Reena Esmail, Morten Lauridsen, Anna Schubert, Peter Sellars, Derrick Spiva, and more.

Metropolitan Opera Free Student Streams
Students and teachers worldwide can draw from the Met’s online library of operas and curricular materials plus new live virtual conversations with Met artists and educators from the company’s national education program. Resource materials will be made available weekly via the Met website starting on Mondays at 10 am ET, including extensive background information; activities to help students engage before, during, and after the performance stream; illustrated synopses; coloring pages; and audio clips. On Wednesdays at 5 pm ET, each week’s performance will be made available for streaming on the Met website, where it will remain for 48 hours. An hour before each performance stream, students from around the world will have the opportunity to interact directly with a singer or member of the creative team on Zoom. Upcoming streams include Massenet’s Cendrillon, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. More information here.

Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra at Home shares video, audio, and educational materials through the categories of Watch, Listen and Learn, including videos from the orchestra’s archives and newly created “mini-concerts” directly from the homes of Orchestra musicians. Explore and view here.

National Forum of Music, Wroclaw, Poland
Poland’s national music forum has made recordings available on its YouTube Channel from a range of NFM ensembles: NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, NFM Choir, Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble, led by their Artistic Directors:  Giancarlo Guerrero, Joseph Swensen, Jaroslaw Thiel, Agnieszka Franków-Zelazny, Andrzej Kosendiak and others. Explore here.

National Sawdust
National Sawdust has launched Live@NationalSawdust, a free digital platform offering concerts from the past five seasons and professional development programs from Renée Fleming, Meredith Monk and others, and including fundraising efforts for National Sawdust and the artists involved. Initial releases will focus on the very first concert in the venue from October 2015, including performances by Philip Glass, Foday Musa Suso, Tanya Tagaq, Chris Thile, Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota, Jeffrey Zeigler, Eve Gigliotti, Paola Prestini, Nels Cline, Glenn Kotche, Theo Bleckmann, ACME and more. Future releases will draw from an extensive digital archive of more than 1,200 live performances, including highlights like Terry Riley’s Archangels featuring the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Du Yun’s Pan Asia Sounding Festival, and more.

New World Symphony
The New World Symphony presents a web-based series called NWS Archive+. Michael Tilson Thomas moderates discussions with NWS Fellows, alumni, guest artists, and visiting faculty about archived recordings. Performances will be available here. NWS Fellows also play live, informal chamber music concerts from their homes in Miami Beach and broadcast via Facebook Live. In addition, the NWS online archive contains master classes, tutorials and town halls, which  can be found here. Finally, for the past 10 years, the Fellows have performed one-hour concerts for local school children. These concerts and preparatory material will be available free to students and parents. NWS Educational concerts can be found here.

Olyrix
French opera streaming site Olyrix is making its content free throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Not all content is watchable in the U.S., but there are many fascinating productions and concerts from top-notch opera companies, from Cavalli’s Ercole Amante from Paris’s Opéra Comique and Purcell’s The Indian Queen from Opéra de Lille to Korngold’s Violanta from Teatro Reggio Torino. A really well-curated collection. ** Explore here.

Onsite Opera
The New York opera company, which specializes in site-specific and immersive productions, have made five filmed productions available through the company’s website and Facebook page. Operas include Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt staged at the American Museum of Natural History, Rameau’s Pygmalion staged at the Lifestyle-Trimco mannequin showroom, Mozart’s The Secret Gardener staged at the Westside Community Garden, and Murasaki’s Moon filmed at the Metropolitan Museum.

Opera Australia
OA | TV: Opera Australia on Demand is the Sydney-based company’s new digital space. Alongside the world’s largest collection of Dame Joan Sutherland on video, OA will offer exclusive content from the OA back catalogue, productions from Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, and a new series of chat show-style interviews conducted by AD Lyddon Terracini. The first posted full show is Sutherland in The Merry Widow, and the fileted aria’s in the section labelled “The Best of Dame Joan Sutherland” are even better. ** View here.

Opéra National de Paris
The Palais Garnier and Bastille Opera are making their digital stage, “The 3e Scène,” free and available to all. Founded in 2015, the platform is a pure place of artistic adventure and exploration, giving free rein to photographers, filmmakers, writers, illustrators, visual artists, composers, and choreographers to create original works. Visit here. Some of Opéra National de Paris’s productions are accessible on the company’s Facebook Page. In addition, Octave, the Paris Opera’s online magazine, is posting articles, videos, and interviews here.

Opera North
One of Britain’s most respected smaller opera companies, Opera North has put its acclaimed semi-staged concerts of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle online. “Beg, borrow, or be like Wotan and steal a ticket for this show,” said the UK’s Times of Das Rheingold. “You’d be lucky to hear as good at Bayreuth,” said The Telegraph of Die Walküre. Richard Farnes proves a seriously impressive Wagner conductor. Watch here.

OperaVision
OperaVision offers livestreams of operas available for free and online for six months. Previous offerings include Don Giovanni from Finnish National Opera and David McVicar’s superb Die Entführung aus dem Serail from Glyndebourne **. Next up is a fascinating Russian season. View past content here.

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra are offering new ways to engage with the music and musicians of the Orchestra. Through WATCH, LISTEN, LEARN the Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra will fulfill its ongoing commitment to bring music, in video and audio forms, as well as interactive education and enrichment, to audiences. Content is available here.

Pierre Boulez Saal
The Pierre Boulez Saal is making an ongoing list of recordings available for a limited time. Highlights include Barenboim and the Boulez Ensemble playing Schubert, Berg, Widmann, and Boulez, lectures and concerts led by Jörg Widmann, and a Beethoven cycle with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Barenboim. Explore here.

San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Symphony is making all documentary and concert episodes of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s groundbreaking Keeping Score project available for unlimited free streaming on the Symphony’s YouTube channel. MTT explores the motivations and influences behind major classical works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Copland, Stravinsky, Berlioz, Ives, Shostakovich, and Mahler. Each episode is accompanied by a one-hour concert program by the San Francisco Symphony. Unmissable. **

Seattle Symphony
Seattle Symphony is rebroadcasting concerts on Thursday and Saturday evenings. In addition, Morning Notes on YouTube or Facebook features solo performances by individual musicians.

The Sixteen
The Sixteen, with founder Harry Christophers, has launched Quarantine with The Sixteen, a regular schedule of digital content. The Sixteen Virtual Choir’s performance of Sheppard’s Libera nos involved each part being recorded at each singer’ home. Other features include: Choral Chihuahua, a podcast by The Sixteen and I Fagiolini; Stay at Home Choir performing Sir James MacMillan’s O Radiant Dawn; Harry Christophers introducing 20 years of The Choral Pilgrimage; Archive performances, including Sir James MacMillan’s Stabat mater performed in the Sistine Chapel and Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Streetwise Opera; Recipes for isolation; Video diaries providing insight into daily lives during lockdown; Weekly playlists. Explore here.

Trinity Wall Street
New York’s Trinity Church Wall Street introduces daily weekday “Comfort at One” (1 pm ET) streaming performances on Facebook with full videos posted here. Tune in for encore performances of favorite Trinity concerts, professionally filmed in HD, along with current at-home performances from Trinity’s extended artistic family. “During trying times, music stills our souls and provides a healing grace,” writes Trinity. “We hope these performances help you find a daily haven of peace and comfort.”

Tulsa Opera
In light of the coronavirus outbreak, Tulsa Opera launched its Staying Alive web series, which includes virtual performances of opera, popular music, and musical theater, directly from guest artists’ homes. Each week, the series features artists from around the world, including artists that have been recently heard on the Tulsa Opera stage or would have been heard in the company’s new production of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline, cancelled due to the pandemic. New content appears every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2 pm CT. Explore here.

Verbier Festival
The cancelled Verbier Festival is presenting QuarantineConcerts, a platform where artists can perform live in the comfort of their homes as a way to keep the Festival alive. The concerts are both streaming on their website but also on quarantineconcerts.tv. Archived performances include Quatuor Ebène, Gautier Capuçon, and Matthias Goerne, but Academy Artists will also stream LIVE.

Voices of Ascension
New York choir Voices of Ascension, which celebrates its 30th anniversary next season, is posting a daily offering of choral beauty on its website. Music is chosen by staff, members of the chorus and orchestra, and listeners. View here.

Warsaw Philharmonic
The Warsaw Philharmonic has made a selection of video recordings available on its YouTube channel. Recent offerings include Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony and Arvo Pärt’s Swansong conducted by Artistic Director Andrzej Boreyko, as well as rarities by Polish composers like Grazyna Bacewicz. It’s an excellent orchestra very much in the Eastern European tradition and concerts have been master edited for posting online.

Paid Digital Arts Services

Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall
The BPO Digital Concert Hall contains over 600 orchestra concerts covering more than ten years, including 15 concerts with the orchestra’s new Chief Conductor Kirill Petrenko, interviews, backstage footage.

Medici TV
Thousands of classical music videos are available by subscription, as well as hundreds of events that are broadcast live for free each year, available for 90 days. Subscriptions cost $83.85 per year. www.medici.tv

Archived Recent Performances

The following broadcast events have occurred since the start of the COVID-19 crisis and are still available for viewing:

March 12
The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin performed BeethovenNOW: Symphonies 5 & 6 as well as Iman Habibi’s Jeder Baum Spricht to an empty Verizon Hall for live broadcast. An outstanding concert captured in excellent visuals and sound. www.philorch.org/live

Miller Theater’s Bach Collection was performed live for a virtual audience. The program included Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (arr. Hess), Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060 (arr. Fischer), Chorale Prelude Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (arr. Busoni), and Cantata Ich habe genug, BWV 82, with Kady Evanyshyn, mezzo-soprano, Rebecca Fischer, violin, Alecia Lawyer, oboe, Simone Dinnerstein, piano, Baroklyn. View here.

March 14
Canadian pianist Garrick Ohlsson played an impressive selection of works by Beethoven, Prokofiev (the Sixth Sonata), and Chopin to an empty house at New York’s 92nd Street Y. View here.

March 16
In front of an empty auditorium (very visible thanks to excellent camerawork) Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Forth Worth Symphony Music Director Miguel Harth Bedoya in dynamic performances of Bloch's Schelomo with soloist Timo-Veikko Valve, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. Available here.

March 22
Dorn Music presented the Kuss Quartett playing Beethoven’s String Quartet in F, Op.18 No. 1, String Quartet in F, Op. 135 and String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 Movement No. 3 Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart for the benefit of freelance musicians in Lower Saxony and across the world. The Live Broadcast from Hannover is available here. Donate here.

March 26
92nd St. Y
presents Jonathan Biss playing Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas. Written, as Beethoven said, “in a single breath,” these pieces represent the apotheosis of his piano writing, showing his mastery of the variation form (in Op. 109), his expertise in the forms of the musical past (the fugue, in Op. 110), and an ability to be cutting-edge (considering Op. 111 as a whole, but especially the famous ‘boogie woogie’ moments in the second movement). Available here.

April 5
Violinist Isabelle Faust live-streamed a solo Bach recital on from Leipzig’s Thomaskirche, the church where JS Bach was Kapellmeister from 1723 until 1750. The concert is on Arte.tv and free to view until July 4. Highly recommended **

April 10
Handel’s Messiah with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square and soloists Amanda Woodbury, Tamara Mumford, Tyler Nelson, and Tyler Simpson. Recorded in 2018 but archived for a rainy day such as this. Available here.

Bach's St. John Passion, performed by Bach Collegium Japan conducted by Masaaki Suzuki from the Cologne Philharmonic. View here.

April 14
92nd St Y
presents Marc-André Hamelin who streamed a characteristically elegant program from his home, with the timely inclusion of Liszt's Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude. The repertoire also included C. P. E. Bach, Enescu, Fauré, Scriabin, and six selections from Debussy's Preludes, Book II. View here.

May 8
The Berliner Philharmoniker’s European Concert. In order to comply with social distancing rules and hygiene requirements Kirill Petrenko conducts the orchestra in chamber music formation from the empty Philharmonie Berlin. Federal President Steinmeier to deliver opening address. Program: Pärt’s Fratres, Ligeti’s Ramifications, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (arrangement for chamber ensemble by Erwin Stein) with Christiane Karg, soprano. View in the Digital Concert Hall.

**Highly recommended


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