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May 11, 2020 | By Clive Paget, Musical America

We will be updating this list on Mondays. 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 currently one hour behind ET, while Pacific Time (PT) is currently three hours behind. Contact editor@musicalamerica.com.

Monday, May 11

6 am ET: Staatsoper unter den Linden presents Staatskapelle Berlin & Daniel Barenboim plays Bruckner Symphony No. 7 from the Philharmonie Berlin. Available free for 24 hours.

1 pm ET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake (Performance of March 16, 2014). Conductor: Alexander Ingram, choreography: Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa, with Vladimir Shishov (Prinz Siegfried), Olga Esina (Odette/Odile), Eno Peci (Zauberer Rotbart). 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.

1 pm ET: Bolshoi Theater streams Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko. Conductor: Timur Zangiev, director: Dmitri Tcherniakov, with Ivan Gyngazov, Nadezhda Pavlova, Maria Barakova, Yuriy Mynenko, Nikolay Didenko, Mikhail Petrenko, Maxim Paster, Stanislav Trofimov. Production filmed in 2020. Available here and for 24 hours.

1 pm ET: WQXR presents Daniil Trifonov plays Rachmaninov. Watch an encore video stream of the Grammy Award-winning pianist’s 2015 performance recorded live for WQXR. View here.

2 pm ET: Concertgebouworkest Mahler Festival streams Symphony No. 4 conducted by Iván Fischer (Recorded 2010 and includes half-hour documentary). View on YouTube, Facebook or website.

2:15 pm ET: Bayerische Staatsoper presents Monday Concert. Brahms’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A-Dur Op. 100 with David Schultheiß violin, Myron Romanul piano and Lieder by Brahms, Schoenberg, Berg, Strauss, and Mahler with Okka von der Damerau mezzosoprano and Sophie Raynaud piano. View here. LIVE

2:30pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Marianne Crebassa and Fazil Say. The French mezzo explores her native repertoire— Debussy, Satie, Ravel and more—in tandem with the distinguished pianist, two of whose works recording a protest in his native Turkey feature in this programme. Originally broadcast by on January 8, 2020. View here and for 24 hours.

5:30 pm ET: Live from Lincoln Center presents San Francisco Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet (2015 broadcast). Helgi Tomasson's bravura interpretation of the Bard's greatest tragedy “lifts Shakespeare's complex and familiar language off the gilded pages and translates it into lucid classical choreography that is visceral, fresh, and ultimately sublime.” (The Huffington Post). With Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan in the title roles. View here.

7 pm ET: The Greene Space streams How to Think Like Bach. Part of Bach's Well-Tempered Lens with Jeremy Denk who wraps up his residency with an exploration of what our minds do when we hear Bach, featuring neuroscientist Daniel Levitin and music therapist Concetta Tomaino. Plus, a performance with cellist Steven Isserlis. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Massenet’s Werther. Conducted by Alain Altinoglu, starring Lisette Oropesa, Sophie Koch, Jonas Kaufmann, David Bižic, Jonathan Summers. Transmitted live on March 15, 2014. View here and for 24 hours.

Tuesday, May 12

6 am ET: Staatsoper unter den Linden presents Staatskapelle Berlin & Daniel Barenboim plays Bruckner Symphony No. 8 from the Philharmonie Berlin. Available free for 24 hours.

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.

1 pm ET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos (Performance of October 23, 2014). Conductor: Christian Thielemann, director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf, with Soile Isokoski (Primadonna/Ariadne), Johan Botha (Der Tenor/Bacchus), Sophie Koch (Der Komponist), Daniela Fally (Zerbinetta). Sign up for free and view here.

1 pm ET: OperaVision presents Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Dutch National Opera’s production is conducted by Mariss Jansons and directed by Martin Kusej. In turns grotesque, gloomy and sexually explicit, the opera shocked Stalin enough to see him walk out before the final scene. If the musical modernism and brute force of Lady Macbeth still assault the ear eighty years after its premiere, the heroine—powerfully incarnated by Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek—is granted music of incendiary lyricism and heartfelt emotion. ** View here and for three months.

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.

2 pm ET: Live with Carnegie Hall presents Michael Feinstein. The acclaimed interpreter of the American Songbook hosts a program dedicated to the music of George Gershwin, joined by special guests. View here.

2 pm ET: Concertgebouworkest Mahler Festival streams Symphony No. 5 conducted by Daniele Gatti (recorded 2010 and includes half-hour documentary). View on YouTube, Facebook or website.

5:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Masters and Masterpieces. Hugh Downs hosts this 1992 CMS concert with key works by Saint-Saëns, Mozart, and Ravel, concluding with a jubilant account of Franz Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet. Artists include Ransom Wilson, flute, David Shifrin, clarinet, Nancy Allen, harp, John Browning, piano. View here.

7 pm ET: American Ballet Theatre presents Together Tonight, a virtual celebration in support of the ABT Crisis Relief Fund. Join America’s National Ballet Company® from the comfort of your home for a festive evening of dancing and camaraderie as we recognize the incredible milestones made during ABT’s first eight decades and look forward to our bright future. Exciting cameos from some of your favorite dancers and celebrities, as well as one-of-a-kind experiences and items available for auction will be announced soon. Check here for up-to-date information. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Adès’s The Tempest. Conducted by Thomas Adès; starring Audrey Luna, Isabel Leonard, Iestyn Davies, Alek Shrader, Alan Oke, William Burden, Toby Spence, Simon Keenlyside. Transmitted live on November 10, 2012. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: 92nd Street Y presents Tamara Stefanovich. Program: Scarlatti’s Sonata in G Major K 13, Sonata in G Minor, K 8, Sonata in G Minor, K 450, Soler’s Sonata for Keyboard in G Minor, CPE Bach’s Sonata for Keyboard in G Minor, Wq. 65/17 H.47. Stay tuned after the concert for for an informal chat about the program with Tamara Stefanovich and Performance Today’s Fred Child. View here. LIVE

8 pm ET: New York City Ballet present Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun. Also “Spring” from The Four Seasons, and excerpts from George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, The Four Temperaments, and Western Symphony. Filmed on May 9, 2019, featuring Teresa Reichlen and Roman Mejia, with Lauren King, Taylor Stanley, Megan Fairchild, and Jared Angle. Introduced by Principal Dancer Sterling Hyltin. View on website, Facebook or YouTube until May 15 at 8 pm ET.

8:30 pm ET: Sun Valley Music Festival presents Music Director Alasdair Neale’s discussion series Upbeat with a special, live-only webcast. Mr. Neale will be joined in conversation by festival orchestra musicians Juliana Athayde (violin) and Erik Behr (oboe), who also give a short musical performance. An audience Q&A concludes the event. View here.

Wednesday, May 13

6 am ET: Staatsoper unter den Linden presents Staatskapelle Berlin & Daniel Barenboim plays Bruckner Symphony No. 9 from the Philharmonie Berlin. Available free for 24 hours.

6:30 am ET: Concertgebouworkest Mahler Festival streams an Empty Concertgebouw Session with the Alma Quartet and pianist Nino Gvetadze. View on YouTube, Facebook or website. LIVE

12 pm ET: IDAGIO presents Mahler Symphony No. 5. 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: Staatskapelle Dresden presents Brahms’s Academic Overture, Violin Concerto, and Symphony No. 4. Conductor: Christian Thielemann, Lisa Batiashvili violin, Staatskapelle Dresden. View here and available for 48 hours.

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: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic presents Janine Jansen (leader and violin soloist) in a programme of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in E and Beethoven’s Septet in E flat. 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: Vienna Staatsoper streams Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (Performance of April 21, 2016). Conductor: Evelino Pidò, director: Irina Brook, with  Michele Pertusi (Don Pasquale), Valentina Nafornita (Norina), Adam Plachetka (Doktor Malatesta), Juan Diego Flórez (Ernesto). 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: Concertgebouworkest Mahler Festival streams Symphony No. 6 conducted by Lorin Maazel (Recorded 2010 and includes half-hour documentary). View on YouTube, Facebook or website.

2 pm ET: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra presents Fanny Mendelssohn’s Overture, Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Beethoven and Stravinsky: two artistic revolutionaries who succeeded in freeing themselves from the weight of tradition and created completely new paths. The 19th century is represented here by Fanny Mendelssohn in one of her rare orchestral works. Conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Conducted by James Levine, starring Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, and Tatiana Troyanos. Transmitted live on March 12, 1988. A fine, traditional staging, and for an example of Norman’s vocal artistry and supreme breath control this really can’t be beaten. ** View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: White Snake Projects presents Sing Out Strong: DeColonized Voices. This online concert, that will be as close to “live” as possible, is the second year of a multi-year community-based project that commissions composers and writers to create songs based on themes that flow from opera. Composers and writers come from all over the world, reflecting the diversity of America, and Boston in particular as well as coming from diverse socio-economic, age, gender, and racial backgrounds. View on Zoom, Facebook Live, and YouTube, but the live Zoom audience must register in advance by contacting info@whitesnakeprojects.org.

8 pm ET: Pacific Opera Project presents an Interactive Watch Party of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. POP’s 2019’s #SuperFlute is set in classic video games from the early 1990s and transports Papageno, Tamino, and the gang to the land of video games resembling Mario Bros. and Zelda with a new English libretto by Artistic Director Josh Shaw and E. Scott Levin. Edward Benyas conducts. The watch party will feature interviews with the cast and crew, drink recipes, a costume contest, crafts, and more. POP is also adding an Education Pack to send to music and drama teachers for use in distance learning, as well as parents who would like to use it with their children at home. More information here and view here.

9 pm ET: Cliburn Watch Party featuring 2017 Cliburn Silver Medalist Kenny Broberg playing Schubert’s Four Impromptus, D. 899, op. 90, Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B Minor. View on Facebook and reposted after at the Cliburn website and YouTube.

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. Today’s guests include Brooklyn-based musician Nathan Koci, Icelandic composer and producer Valgeir Sigurdsson, and conductor Teddy Abrams. View here.

Thursday, May 14

6 am ET: Staatsoper unter den Linden presents Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor and Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 in D. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim with Jiyoon Lee violin, Staatskapelle Berlin. Available free for 24 hours.

12 pm ET: Beth Morrison Projects presents Ted Hearne’s The Source. Chelsea Manning gave hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The opera approaches Manning's identity by engaging with the day-to-day accounts of the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Four singers are housed alongside the audience in a visceral installation. Singing with (at times) electronically-processed voices, and accompanied by a live ensemble of seven instrumentalists, they inhabit an assemblage of Twitter feeds, cable news reports, chat transcripts, and classified military video asking how we confront the massive information which Manning brought to light. View here and on demand for a week.

1 pm ET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Wagner’s Das Rheingold (Performance of January 8, 2019). Conductor: Axel Kober, director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf, with Tomasz Konieczny (Wotan), Clemens Unterreiner (Donner), Jörg Schneider (Froh), Norbert Ernst (Loge), Jochen Schmeckenbecher (Alberich), Herwig Pecoraro (Mime), Jongmin Park (Fasolt), Sorin Coliban (Fafner), Sophie Koch (Fricka), Anna Gabler (Freia), Monika Bohinec (Erda). Sign up for free and view here.

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: Concertgebouworkest Mahler Festival streams Symphony No. 7 conducted by Pierre Boulez (Recorded 2011 and includes half-hour documentary). View on YouTube, Facebook or website.

2 pm ET: Live with Carnegie Hall presents Renée Fleming. The world-renowned soprano is joined by her friend vocalist-songwriter Rufus Wainwright for a program exploring the art of song, and also revisiting a classic performance of a work from her signature repertoire—R. Strauss's Four Last Songs—in discussion with WQXR's Elliott Forrest. View here.

2 pm ET: New World Symphony presents Archive+: Gershwin's Cuban Overture, Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol, and a suite from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. Michael Tilson Thomas moderates discussions with NWS Fellows, alumni, guest artists, and visiting faculty ahead of streamed performances from the NWS video archives. Their personal reflections offer unique insights into the chosen repertoire. View here and on demand.

2:30 pm ET: London Symphony Orchestra presents Mendelssohn & Schumann. Mendelssohn’s Overture: The Hebrides and Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor, Maria João Pires piano, London Symphony Orchestra. View on here and later on demand.

7 pm ET: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Watch Parties presents William Grant Still & Beethoven. Still’s Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American,” André Raphel, conductor, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, John Storgårds, conductor, Louis Lortie, piano. View here and later on demand.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Britten’s Peter Grimes. Conducted by Sir Donald Runnicles, starring Patricia Racette, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Anthony Michaels-Moore. Transmitted live on March 15, 2008. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Live From Lincoln Center presents New York Philharmonic and Yo-Yo Ma. Kurt Masur leads the New York Philharmonic in Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 in this performance from 1995. World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins for Dvorák’s Cello Concerto. View here.

7:30 pm ET: 92nd Street Y presents Peter Serkin playing Mozart’s Adagio in B Minor, K. 540 and Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 570 plus Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988. This is the premiere broadcast of Mr. Serkin’s final recital at 92Y. View here.

8 pm ET: The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Verdi’s Requiem. Originally performed in October 2012. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor, with Marina Poplavskaya soprano, Christine Rice mezzo-soprano, Rolando Villazón tenor, Mikhail Petrenko bass, Westminster Symphonic Choir. 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. Presented in Partnership with the Kaufman Music Center, today’s guests include new music ensemble yMusic, composer Judd Greenstein, singer and songwriter Emily King, and flutist Nathalie Joachim. View here.

Friday, May 15

3 am ET: Carnegie Hall Live & Medici.TV present Sir Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia playing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with soloist Martha Argerich, plus works by Verdi, Sibelius, and Respighi (Original broadcast date: October 20, 2017). View here and available for 72 hours.

6:30 am ET: Concertgebouworkest Mahler Festival streams an Empty Concertgebouw Session with baritone Thomas Oliemans. View on YouTube, Facebook or website. LIVE

8 am ET: Semperoper Dresden streams Wagner’s Lohengrin. (Recording of the production of the Semperoper Dresden in May 2016). Conductor Christian Thielemann, staging after Christine Mielitz, with Georg Zeppenfeld (King Henry), Piotr Beczala (Lohengrin), Anna Netrebko (Elsa), Tomasz Konieczny (Telramund), Evelyn Herlitzius (Ortrud), Derek Welton (Herald). Video here until May 17.

12 pm ET: Alan Gilbert hosts a Conductors’ Round Table from his home in Stockholm. Fellow conductors Marin Alsop, Sir Antonio Pappano and Esa-Pekka Salonen join him on Zoom to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on concert life around the world, and more. View here.

12 pm ET: Opernhaus Zürich presents Berg’s Wozzeck. Conductor: Fabio Luisi, director: Andreas Homoki, with Christian Gerhaher (Wozzeck), Brandon Jovanovich (Drum Major), Mauro Peter (Andres), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Captain), Lars Woldt (Doctor), Gun-Brit Barkmin (Marie), Philharmonia Zürich, Chor der Oper Zürich. Gerhaher’s role debut and a insightful staging won this the International Classical Music Award 2017 when it came out on DVD **. View here and until May 17.

12 pm ET: Faithful Friday with Angel Blue. The acclaimed American soprano welcomes soprano Ailyn Perez for the latest episode of her topical talk show broadcast live every Friday on Facebook and Instagram. Celebrating her music-filled heritage has always been central to the Mexican-American soprano’s life and worldview. During lockdown she has released a new recording, Mi Corazón, honoring just that, as well as the influence of family, friends, mentors and musical idols. This is the eighth 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: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra presents Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Quiet City, Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Fanfares for courts and kings used to be everyday food. But during the Second World War, Aaron Copland wrote his tribute to the common man, and American composer Joan Towers wrote her version for “the uncommon woman”. Conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali. View here. LIVE

1 pm ET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Wagner’s Die Walküre (Performance of April 8, 2018). Conductor: Adam Fischer, director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf, with Christopher Ventris (Siegmund), Jongmin Park (Hunding), Tomasz Konieczny (Wotan), Simone Schneider (Sieglinde), Iréne Theorin (Brünnhilde), Michaela Schuster (Fricka). Sign up for free and view here.

1 pm ET: OperaVision presents Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh. Rimsky-Korsakov composed his most ambitious opera during the last years of his life. It is testament to his mastery of colourful orchestration, epic choral scenes and depiction of unusual characters, contrasting the disarming honesty of its heroine Fevronia with the amorality of its vagrant anti-hero Grishka. Dutch National Opera’s production is conducted by Marc Albrecht and directed by Martin Kusej, with Vladimir Vaneev, Maxim Aksenov, Svetlana Ignatovich, John Daszak, and Alexey Markov. A rarity in the West and one well worth exploring ** 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: Concertgebouworkest Mahler Festival streams Symphony No. 8 conducted by Mariss Jansons (Recorded 2011 and includes half-hour documentary). View on YouTube, Facebook or website.

2 pm ET: The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden presents Anastasia. Inspired by the true story of Anna Anderson who believed she was the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, Kenneth MacMillan’s 1971 work for the Royal Ballet features the music of Tchaikovsky and Bohuslav Martinu. View here and until June 15.

3 pm ET: YoungArts presents a conversation with violinist Jennifer Koh and composer, educator and advocate Andrew Norman. Koh launched Alone Together, a commissioning project and performance series, as an artistic response to the coronavirus pandemic and the financial hardship it has placed on many in the music community. Norman and Koh will discuss how this initiative is supporting freelance composers, offer advice for emerging artists, and share stories about their creative practices. View here.

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.”

4 pm ET: The Greene Space presents Short Cuts: Cameron Carpenter. Watch a live video stream of our eclectic playlist featuring selections by Paula Marie Susi, one of The Greene Space’s most loyal fans. Performances by organist Cameron Carpenter, Battle of the Boroughs winners Charanams and works by Beethoven. View here.

7 pm ET: The Greene Space present Arturo and Adam O’Farrill Live. Watch a live video stream performance by the six-time Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer, accompanied by his son, trumpeter Adam O’Farrill. They’ll perform their own compositions and improvisations, as well as pieces by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carla Bley and Chico O’Farrill. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. A “Viewers’ Choice” conducted by Richard Bonynge, starring Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus, Pablo Elvira, and Paul Plishka. Transmitted live on November 13, 1982. Another little slice of operatic history **. View here and for 24 hours.

8pm ET: Opera Philadelphia presents Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Production from September 2014). Created in collaboration with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Rossini’s opera buffa classic was a hit at the Academy of Music when it launched the company’s 40th anniversary season. With its colorful sets and costumes, director Michael Shell’s production recalls the comic films of Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. With Jonathan Beyer (Figaro), Jennifer Holloway (Rosina), Taylor Stayton (Count Almaviva), Kevin Burdette (Dr. Bartolo), Katrina Thurman (Berta), Wayne Tigges (Basilio). Conductor Corrado Rovaris. View here.

8 pm ET: New York City Ballet presents Justin Peck’s Pulcinella Variations. Filmed on October 5, 2018, featuring Sterling Hyltin, Miriam Miller, Tiler Peck, Emilie Gerrity, Indiana Woodward, Russell Janzen, Andrew Scordato, Gonzalo Garcia, Anthony Huxley. Introduced by NYCB Resident Choreographer and Artistic Advisor Justin Peck. View on website, Facebook or YouTube until May 18.

10 pm ET: PBS broadcasts Bernstein’s Mass. Marin Alsop led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at last summer’s Ravinia Festival, where Tony-winner Paolo Szot starred as the Celebrant. Part of PBS’s Great Performances series. View here. Alsop joins Szot and others for a live panel discussion at 9:15 pm ET. Streaming live on Facebook.

Saturday, May 16

12 pm ET: Dresden Music Festival presents a 24h Livestream Festival in collaboration with Jan Vogler’s Music Never Sleeps NYC. Over fifty artists will participate including Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Avi Avital, Ian Bostridge, Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, José Cura, Pape Diouf, Tan Dun, James Ehnes, Zlatomir Fung, Martin Grubinger, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Ute Lemper, Mischa Maisky, China Moses, New York Gypsy All-Stars, Aoife O’Donavan, Gil Shaham, The Knights, and Rufus Wainwright. Jan Vogler will be supported by his co-host singer Ute Lemper. View here.

1 pm ET: San Francisco Opera presents Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi (production from 2012) with Riccardo Frizza conducting and Joyce DiDonato and Nicole Cabell as the lovers, Romeo and Giulietta. Eric Owens is Capellio and Saimir Pirgu is Tebaldo. Direction by Vincent Boussard with costumes by Christian Lacroix. View here and until midnight (PT) the following day.

1 pm ET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (Performance of October 31, 2016). Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin, director: Irina Brook, with Michele Pertusi (Don Pasquale), Valentina Nafornita (Norina), Alessio Arduini (Doktor Malatesta), Dmitry Korchak (Ernesto). Sign up for free and view here.

2 pm ET: Concertgebouworkest Mahler Festival streams Symphony No. 9 conducted by Bernard Haitink (Recorded 2011 and includes half-hour documentary). View on YouTube, Facebook or website.

3 pm ET: Cliburn Watch Party presents 2017 Cliburn Finalist Georgy Tchaidze playing Schumann’s Waldszenen, Op. 82, Medtner’s Alla Reminiscenza from Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. View on Facebook and reposted after on the Cliburn website and YouTube.

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. Programme: Katherine Balch: Cleaning, Tania León: Anima, Angélica Negrón Cooper and Emma, Andrew Norman: Turns of Phrase.

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s Rigoletto. Conducted by James Levine, starring Liudmyla Monastyrska, Jamie Barton, Russell Thomas, Plácido Domingo, and Dmitry Belosselskiy. Transmitted live on January 7, 2017. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Detroit presents Gryphon Trio. One of the world’s preeminent piano trios with a repertoire that ranges from traditional to contemporary plays Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97, “Archduke” and Dvorák’s Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, “Dumky”. View here.

9:00 ET: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra presents Bridging the Distance, hosted by Kyu-Young Kim, artistic director and principal violin. How can music help us remain connected during this period of isolation? This eclectic program shares music from the SPCO Concert Library that can provide comfort, but also doesn’t shy away from the strange and emotional rollercoaster of our current times. View here.

Sunday, May 17

1 pm ET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Wagner’s Siegfried (Performance of June 4, 2015). Conductor: Simon Rattle, director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf, with Stephen Gould (Siegfried), Evelyn Herlitzius (Brünnhilde), Tomasz Konieczny (Der Wanderer), Richard Paul Fink (Alberich), Janina Baechle (Erda), Herwig Pecoraro (Mime), Mikhail Petrenko (Fafner). Sign up for free and view here.

1 pm ET: Dutch National Opera presents John Adams’s Doctor Atomic. Conductor: Lawrence Renes, Peter Sellars: director, with Gerald Finley (J. Robert Oppenheimer), Jessica Rivera (Kitty Oppenheimer), Eric Owens (General Leslie Groves), Richard Paul Fink (Edward Teller), James Maddalena (Jack Hubbard), Thomas Glenn (Robert Wilson), Jay Hunter Morris (Captain James Nolan, Ellen Rabiner (Pasqualita), Nederlandese Opera Chorus, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest. View here until May 24.

1 pm ET: Komische Oper Berlin presents Oscar Straus’s Die Perlen von Cleopatra. Barrie Kosky is shaking up ancient Egypt! Straus’s operetta about the legendary Egyptian queen is staged as a riotous romp with Dagmar Manzel in the title role. Waltz, swing and cabaret unite in catchy tunes to depict a country in a hilarious state of crisis. Instead of the Nile flooding: drought. On the horizon: the armies of Rome. But worst of all is Cleopatra’s miserable love life. View here and on demand.

2 pm ET: London Symphony Orchestra presents Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 and Mark-Anthony Turnage Remembering: In Memoriam Evan Scofield. Sir Simon Rattle conductor, London Symphony Orchestra. View on here and later on demand.

2 pm ET: Concertgebouworkest Mahler Festival concludes with Das Lied von der Erde conducted by Fabio Luisi (Recorded 2011 and includes half-hour documentary). View on YouTube, Facebook or website.

3 pm ET: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Watch Parties presents Debussy & The Rite of Spring. Leonard Slatkin conducts Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Robert Spano conducts Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. View here and later on demand.

5 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Front Row (first in a new eight-week series). Includes performance footage and an introductory interview offering a personal look into the artists’ lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by CMS co-Artistic Directors 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 Pianist Michael Brown in a program of Barber’s Souvenirs for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 28, his own Prelude and Dance for Cello and Piano, and Mendelssohn’s Sextet in D for Piano, Violin, Two Violas, Cello, and Bass, Op. 110. View here and for 72 hours.

6 pm ET: Lincoln Center presents Memorial For Us All led by Norm Lewis. 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 the last Sunday’s broadcast led by Yo-Yo Ma, many community members from New York City and beyond have submitted names of loved ones lost to be honored on this Sunday’s broadcast. View here.

7 pm ET: American Opera Project presents A New Dawn. As many embark on new beginnings during this time of Commencement ceremonies, A New Dawn, hosted by actor and filmmaker Dan Butler, looks more broadly at starting anew, bold beginnings and hopeful futures. Artists include David Fung, piano, Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano, Benedicte Jourdois, piano, Michael Kelly, baritone, Jovino Santos Neto, piano. The livestream is free with a suggested donation. 10% of funds raised will be donated to a charity of the host’s choosing. The remainder will be split amongst the artists performing. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s Nabucco. Conducted by James Levine, starring Liudmyla Monastyrska, Jamie Barton, Russell Thomas, Plácido Domingo, and Dmitry Belosselskiy. Transmitted live on January 7, 2017. View here and for 24 hours.

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. Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane (The Miracle of Heliane), conducted by Leon Botstein, brilliantly directed by Christian Räth, and with a cast including Lithuanian soprano Ausrine Stundyte, tenor Daniel Brenna, and bass-baritone Alfred Walker 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.”

NEW: 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 programme 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 Paola Prestini’s Aging Magician, a composite of sonic and visual elements that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, and, perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life. The work is brought to life by a team of multidisciplinary artists who combine music, theatre, puppetry, instrument making, and scenic design.

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 a new 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. Upcoming episodes will be specially curated by leading musicians including Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Michael Feinstein, Renée Fleming, Angélique Kidjo, and Ute Lemper. Programs will be announced on a weekly basis. 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.

Royal Concertgebouworkest Mahler Festival
An alternative to the Mahler Festival scheduled to take place in Amsterdam from May 8 through 17. This new festival includes an extensive line-up of digital programming: more than twenty-five streams will be shown via Facebook and the Concertgebouworkest website. Mahler symphonies have been selected as in the calendar above. Also “Mahler's Universe”—a documentary series shot the world over featuring interviews with musicians and experts such as Roderick Williams, Lahav Shani, and Thomas Hampson, while the composer’s intriguing life story is told by his granddaughter Marina Mahler. The interview with Jessye Norman that took place last summer, a few weeks before her untimely death, looks like a must see. **

Daniel Hope
Violinist Daniel Hope presents “Hope at Home,” a television series for our socially distanced times. Professionally produced by Kobalt Productions for Europe’s ARTE television network, the series comprises half-hour episodes of live musical performance by leading classical artists. Episodes are archived for 90 days on the ARTE Concert website and on Deutsche Grammophon’s YouTube channel.

David Korevaar’s Beethoven Sonatas
Pianist David Korevaar will perform, record and share 32 Beethoven Sonatas in 60 days to celebrate the composer's 250th birthday, recorded from his living room in Colorado with no edits and minimal equipment. Please be forgiving of the piano tuning as his local piano tuners were social distancing too! Daily instalments available here.

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.

NEW: 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.

IDAGIO
Streaming service IDAGIO has launched a new live video series called IDAGIO Live to help artists and listeners feel more connected through live interviews with prominent artists from the comfort of their own homes. Baritone Thomas Hampson will be hosting a weekly program each Tuesday and Thursday. Details 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

Jonathan Biss’s #DailyBeethoven
Renowned Beethoven interpreter Jonathan Biss gives daily performances for his Facebook followers of sonata movements and miniatures by the composer. View and explore archived performances here.

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.

La Monnaie
Belgium’s La Monnaie de Munt has launched free streaming of a virtual season of seven operas from the archives: Mozart’s Mitridate, Re di Ponto, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Puccini’s Madama Buttetrfly, Verdi’s Macbeth, Philippe Boesmans’s Au Monde, Howard Moody’s Push all available until May 17. Details and access here.

LA Opera
LA Opera is maintaining a weekly #LAOAtHome schedule including live Living Room Recitals and popular productions from the vaults. Weekly details here.

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 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.

NEW: 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.

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.”

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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