Metropolitan Opera streams complete operas for free during coronavirus outbreak

Interior of the Metropolitan Opera House.  

The Metropolitan Opera will offer “nightly Met Opera Streams" daily to provide a little entertainment and culture to those who are home on account of the closures caused b the COVID-19 outbreak and spread.

“We’d like to provide some grand opera solace to opera lovers in these extraordinarily difficult times,” Peter Gelb, Metropolitan Opera general manager, in a press release. “Every night, we’ll be offering a different complete operatic gem from our collection of HD presentations from the past 14 years.”

Performances will begin daily at 7:30 p.m. EST, and each stream will be available to stream for 20 hours.

Presentations March 17-22 will include:


Exterior of the Metropolitan Opera House.  

Tuesday, March 17:  Puccini’s “La Bohème.” Starring Angela Gheorghiu and Ramon Vargas, this operae was conducted by Nicola Luisotti, and originally transmitted live on April 5, 2008.

Wednesday, March 18: Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” Starting Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zaiick, Yonghoon Lee, and Dmitri Hyorostovky, this opera was conducted by Marco Armiliato and transmitted live on Oct. 3, 2015.

Thursday, March 19: Verdi’s “La Traviata” Starring Dianna Damrau, Juan Diego Florez and Quinn Kelsey, this opera was conducted by Yannick Nezet-Sequin. It was first transmitted live on Dec. 15, 2018.

Friday, March 20: Donizetti’s “La fille du Regiment” Starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez, this opera was conducted by  Marco Armiliato, and transmitted live on April 26, 2008.

Saturday, March 21: Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” Starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala and Mariusz Kwiecien, this opera was conducted by Marco Armiliato and transmitted on Feb. 7, 2009

Sunday, March 22: Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin. Starring Renee Felming, Ramon Vargas and Dmitri Hyorostovsky, this opera was conducted by Valery Gergiev, and transmitted live on Feb. 24, 2017.

This is a great opportunity to expand your horizons and embrace the culture of classic opera performances. These encore performances will also be available on the Met Opera on Demand application available on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, the Apple iPhone and other devices. 

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