Met Opera Streams

  • Friday, May 29 – Viewer’s Choice: Bellini’s  La Sonnambula
  • Saturday, May 30 – Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore
  • Sunday, May 31 – Strauss’s Salome

This House on National Theatre Live – available now through 2 p.m. Thursday, June 4
It’s 1974, and Britain has a hung Parliament. The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backstabbing as the political parties battle to change the future of the nation.

Hairspray – Friday, May 29 – 2 p.m through Sunday, May 31 at 2 p.m. (48 hours)
The YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On!, which has aired several free, full-length recordings of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals and tributes, continues with the 2016 NBC television adaptation of Hairspray Live!.

The Dropkick Murphys – May 29 – 6 p.m.
The group will perform in an empty Fenway Park and their pal Bruce Springsteen will join remotely. The band and The Boss will be doing a double play — two songs —  one from each musical act. The livestream will be available on the Dropkick Murphy’s FacebookYouTubeTwitter and Twitch pages.

New York City Ballet – beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, May 29 through 8 p.m. Monday, June 1
Tap into the grace and elegance of the classical dance online as the New York City Ballet takes its spring season virtual by releasing performances including Justin Peck’s Easy, set to music by Leonard Bernstein, along with excerpts from six other ballets.

One Public – Monday, June 1 – 8 p.m.
A one night only star-studded virtual event to support New York’s Public Theater. Streaming free from coast to coast and around the world, We Are One Public will feature stories and songs by Public artists and friends. With appearances by Antonio Banderas, Glenn Close, Elvis Costello, Claire Danes, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Oh, David Hyde Pierce, Sting and many others. The evening will also feature special cameo appearances from Jane Fonda, Alicia Keys, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep.

Rule of 7×7–  June 4 – 8 p.m.
This is an ongoing series that premieres 7 brand-new 10 minute plays by 7 different writers. For each show, every playwright comes up with one rule, then the 7 playwrights create new plays using all 7 rules. Some past rules have been: “Bright sunshine” and “Somewhere on page one: a back-handed compliment, followed by ten seconds of silence” and “This reminds me of the time I (an action) with (a person).” Conceived and produced by Brett Epstein.


24 Hour Plays – The Viral Monologues
Special Edition: “Directors’ Cut” – New monologues written, rehearsed and recorded in 24 hours created by some of the best theater directing minds in the business. Twenty-one theater directors were each paired with a single collaborator to craft unique pieces for the ninth edition of the Viral Monologues.

26 More On Stage Plays and Musicals to Watch From Your Couch
From The SpongeBob Musical to Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s Oh, Hello, from Lincoln Center Theater’s The King & I revival to Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, here are 26 more captures of live performance to watch from home.

32  Theater Documentaries you can watch right now
While we’re not able to go to the theater right now — there are so many other ways to experience the stage and behind-the-scenes magic. TodayTix compiled 32 of their fave theater documentaries that are available to stream. Take a look at our list, pick your doc, and pass the time with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Carol Channing, Stephen Sondheim, and (way) more.

All Arts
All Arts is breaking new ground as the premier destination for inspiration, creativity and art of all forms. This new arts and culture hub is created by WNET, the parent company of New York’s PBS stations. With the aim of being accessible to viewers everywhere, their programming – from digital shorts to feature films – is available online.

Alvin Ailey all access pass
You can’t see the Ailey dancers perform in a theater, so they’re making sure you can still find comfort and joy in the beauty of dance by virtually connecting with their performances. For a limited time, Ailey is thrilled to share full length videos of the Company performing on stage!

American Archive of Public Broadcasting
Discover historic programs of publicly funded radio and television across America. Watch and listen.

And So Say All of Us
52 seminal international choreographers link together on a chain love letter to dance.

Bangor Symphony Orchestra
The BSO has created a new video series, ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE, featuring Bangor Symphony Orchestra members bringing us music from the comfort of their own homes. Violinist and Orono native Nate Lesser kicks things off with Polish composer Gra?yna Bacewicz’s Violin Quartet (yes, he’s playing all 4 parts!).

Broadway on Demand
Free membership includes original content from Broadway stars, live performances, & more. The online world’s most comprehensive array of theater-related content. Stream Broadway Events. Watch exclusive performances live & on demand.

Carnegie Hall
This is an entirely new original online series: Live with Carnegie Hall. Tune in for unforgettable episodes that feature some of the world’s finest artists as they share behind-the-scenes stories, excerpts from past performances, and live musical moments. During the live streams, episodes can be viewed on this webpage.

Concerts to stream from your sofa
Ten conce
rts you can catch right now – from Taylor Swift to Talking Heads, Beyoncé to Bowie

Earsense is the chamber music explaratorium: a broad, deep, rich and comprehensive database of chamber music composers, works, movements, videos, scores, program notes, glossary, links etc. and a very powerful search engine.

Grand Ole Opry
Due to global events, country music fans can’t come to Nashville to see the Grand Ole Opry, so Circle All Access and the Opry are bringing Saturday Night Opry – hosted by Bobby Bones – to the globe!

Heavy Hitters Festival
40+ live stream performances and writing workshops, June 2 – Aug. 31. Three months and over forty of the world’s most successful and beloved spoken word artists leading workshops and performances— in your living room, all summer long.

IMG artists may not be on the road, but they #KeeptheMusicGoing with live stream performances, Q&As, behind-the-scenes sessions and more. Sit back, enjoy and celebrate performance at home.

JS-Encore – through May 28
We don’t see much contemporary Japanese theater in the United States — or much Japanese theater at all — so the Japan Society’s JS-Encore free streaming series is a rare opportunity. The spotlight is squarely on the Seinendan Theater Company, which was to have performed in New York in May, with the double bill of one-acts “Robot Theater” (recorded in 2013) — yes, there are robots onstage — and “Ronin Office Ladies” (2006). Both shows are up until May 28; the next day, the Japan Society will upload a capture of the company’s “Control Officers.”

Kennedy Center
Couch Concerts are brought to you by Millennium Stage. It’s a new series live performances streamed to you! They’ve lined up talented artists to perform their work and help us inspire, grieve, heal, and move forward as a nation. Watch live: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 p.m.  Past concerts are available, too.

Lincoln Center
Performances, classes and and educational “pop up” classes
Love jazz? Go directly to Jazz at Lincoln Center!

Live Nation at Home
Just because we’re keeping our distance doesn’t mean the music has to stop. Join Live Nation daily for live streams from around the globe — follow artists live from their homes as they share music, stories, and more.

Marie’s Crisis
The show tunes are going on at the beloved West Village piano bar, Marie’s Crisis, and everyone at home can sing along. Every night on the Facebook page Maries Group, the talented pianists who would normally be playing at the bar will be live-streaming their sets to audiences at home. All you need to do to be part of the nightly festivities is apply to join the group; it is normally closed, but is currently accepting all applicants.

The Met Live in HD
The Met hopes to brighten the lives of audience members even while their stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. the following day.

The Met — What happens just before show time
The New York Times walked through the Met with a steadicam on the busiest week of the year. The video centers around Alexei Ratmansky’s absurdist ballet, “Whipped Cream.” The plot is thin and lighthearted, but critics have found the production to be pure bliss. The New York Times, called it an “exuberantly nutty piece” that “made its New York debut with high-spirited success.”

Mitchell Rose – 2 dance treats for you!
And So Say All of Us
– 52 seminal international choreographers link together on a dance chain letter.
Globe Trot– 50 filmmakers, 23 countries, 1 dance

The Napper Tandies – Quarantine Session #5
This three piece Irish folk group from Maine carries on the great pub music tradition with their unique blend of instruments and generous repertoire of music. They can keep any crowd singing, dancing, and drinking for hours! The CCA’s own Scott Stitham (percussion) and Liam Andrews (fiddle) join in for this performance.  The group hopes you enjoy the video and looks forward to reconnecting with all of you soon. Cheers!

National Theatre
NT Live launched National Theatre At Home, an initiative designed to continue to engage their audiences. They’re releasing one back catalogue National Theatre Live title per week across April and May on the National Theatre YouTube channel. These titles will be free to stream, and be available for one week only.  Treasure Island runs 4/16-4/22 and Twelfth Night will start on 4/23.

National Theatre Talks
National Theatre’s collection of conversations recorded live from their stages, including interviews with actors, directors and playwrights.

New Orleans Jazz Festing in Place
WWOZ Gardens of the Groove has replaced Livewire with “OnlineWire,” a calendar of virtual gigs, so you can enjoy & support live jazz music from home.

New York City Ballet
A short film that the NYCB completed to promote their now-cancelled season — a single continuous shot of Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring performing an excerpt from Christopher Wheeldon’s This Bitter Earth.  Also, check out A Part of Together, a world premiere ballet, created together but apart.

Ode to Joy
Som Sabadell flashmob – On the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell, the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l’Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs paid homage to their city by means of the campaign “Som Sabadell” (We are Sabadell). A gem from 2012.

From Newsies to Sweeney Todd, Playbill is running down some of the best filmed Broadway shows—and where to find them. Find more great content from Playbill here.

Salute to Broadway Composers
Michael Feinstein hosts an all-star salute to great Broadway composers Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. Billy Porter, Christine Ebersole, Tom Wopat, Marc Shaiman, Catherine Russell, Laura Osnes & Santino Fontana, Marin Mazzie, Annie Golden and Brian Stokes Mitchell and more!

Stream a Show 
Some theatre companies and artists have found a way to ensure that the show will go on—at least on screen—by offering streams of its current shows. Patrons can now support these organizations impacted by widespread closures and have a chance to catch the shows.

Tiny Desk Concerts
A staple for anyone who appreciates great music performed live!

The Vancouver Chamber Choir
The Choir presents Sounds of Healing, the first in a series of healing music videos.What Do We Need to Talk About?
If there is a sign that theater is settling into a sort-of-normal, it is the emergence of hits like the Richard Nelson play, written specifically for Zoom and which the Public Theater is making available again through June 28. In “What Do We Need to Talk About?,” a familiar clan poses resonant questions about how we connect in the age of social distancing.


How to help artists:

Artist Relief Tree is set up to collect donations from those of us with the means to help. They intend to support artists, particularly freelance artists and technicians, and have compiled a database of helpful resources.