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Take in an opera at the New York Met without leaving your lounge

New York’s world-renowned Metropolitan Opera, or Met, has launched a new initiative whereby professionally-shot opera recitals will be broadcast from beautiful locations around the world for viewers to enjoy via live streaming.


Opera at home. Image via PIxabay

When the world went into lockdown in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Metropolitan Opera began streaming operas each night from its extensive archives of recorded past performances.

The affiliated At-Home Gala programme broadcast live performances by singers around the world who filmed themselves on smartphones. Over 750,000 people enjoyed these glorious musical escapes from the constrictions of quarantine.

The Met’s new initiative

Now that the world is slowly trying to get back to some form of normality, the Met has launched a new major initiative, which will test whether a broad audience will pay for digital content.

Over the coming months, the opera company will present some of its biggest opera stars in a series of professional, live-streamed recitals from spectacular locations around the world.

Tickets will cost $20 (about R350) per concert and feature some of the world’s top tenors like Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Angel Blue, Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, and Lise Davidsen.

The series is hosted by soprano Christine Goerke, who introduces brief documentary segments that fill the 75-minute programme.

More about the Met

Based in the Lincoln Center in the heart of New York, the Met, which is the largest classical music organisation in North America, presented a rotating repertory schedule of over 27 different operas each year from late September through May.

When the coronavirus pandemic swiftly reshaped life worldwide, the Met had to close its doors and has lost over $100 million in revenue since April.

The company hopes the series will not only help to raise funds for the singers and employees of the Met but hopefully act as a stimulus for donations.

“We had a lot of momentum, a big surge, which has slowed down at this point,” says Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Met. “But fund-raising ebbs and flows according to activities and events. That’s why the Met has to keep pushing the envelope and continue to set new trends,” he adds.

The recitals began on 18 July and will continue until the 19 December 2020 when the Met is supposed to reopen with a gala on New Year’s Eve.

While you may not be able to travel to New York anytime soon, you can transport yourself to the city that never sleeps with a streaming opera and lose yourself in the music.  

Visit to register for live streaming operas.

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