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A quick guide to watching opera from around the world in your own home

10:59, 1st April 2020


Opera Now’s May 2020 issue will be publishing a guide to the best home entertainment systems for watching opera online. Here’s a sample of what opera companies around the world are offering to date:

European Streaming Options

Central European Time (CET) is one hour ahead of British Summer Time (BST)


• Dutch National Opera is offering operas and ballets. Watch >>

• Opéra Comique, Paris is offering a different opera each day. Watch >>

• Teatro alla Scala , Milan is streaming a different opera every day via RaiTV. Watch >>

• Teatro dell’Opera di Roma is offering near-daily streams of ballets and operas. Watch >>

• Teatro Real, Madrid and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona are offering operas through My Opera Player. (Use code OPERAENCASA to access the streams for free.) Watch >>

• Teatro Reggio di Parma is presenting a festival of Verdi operas through April 10. Watch >>

• Vienna Staatsoper is offering different operas and ballets every day, and videos remain available for 24 hours. Watch >>


Daily at 12pm CET
• Staatsoper unter den Linden in Berlin is offering a different opera every day, and videos will remain available for 24 hours. Watch >>

Daily at 6pm. CET
• Teatro Regio di Torino is offering dress rehearsals from the current and past seasons. Watch >>

Daily at 7pm MST (Moscow Standard Time – GMT+3)
• The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow is offering a different opera or ballet each day, and videos will remain available for 24 hours. Watch >>

Fridays at 6pm CET
• Opernhaus Zürich is offering operas, and videos will remain available through Sunday. Watch >>

Fridays at 7pm BST
• The Royal Opera House is offering operas and ballets. Watch >>


• Bayerische Staatsoper is offering several operas through April 19. Watch >>

• Deutsche Opera Berlin is offering videos of past productions. Watch >>

• La Monnaie du Munt is offering several operas through April 19. Watch >>

• Opera Europa’s OperaVision offers a large catalog of opera performances from companies across Europe. Watch >>

• Opera North (Leeds) is offering its full semi-staged Ring cycle. Watch >>

• Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège is offering a variety of operas that will be updated weekly. Watch >>

• Paris Opera is offering a different opera or ballet each week. Watch >>

• Polish National Opera is offering several operas. Watch >>

• Staatsopera Stuttgart is offering a different opera each week. Watch >>

• Teatro de la Zarzuela is offering videos of 12 performances. Watch >>


North American Streaming Options


Daily at 7:30pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
• The Metropolitan Opera is offering free streams of its Live in HD series. Videos will remain active for 23 hours. Watch >>

Daily at 8:00 pm EDT
• Opera on Tap is offering performances via Emmie and Harry’s, an online cabaret club. Watch >>

Mondays at 12:00 pm EDT
• On Site Opera is hosting “watch parties” of past productions on its Facebook page, and archival videos will remain on the company’s YouTube channel through April. Watch >>

Mondays at 1pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)
• Pacific Opera Victoria is presenting A’coustic Afternoon’, featuring the company’s artists performing from their homes. Watch >>

Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. PDT
• Opera Santa Barbara is offering Il Postino (4/7), The Crucible (4/14) and Eugene Onegin (4/21). Watch >>

Wednesdays at 4pm PDT
• LA Opera is presenting an LAO at Home recital series, benefiting the Artist Relief Tree. Watch >>

Fridays at 3pm CDT (Central Daylight Time)
• Austin Opera is streaming performances that will be available for later viewing on the company’s website. Watch >>

Fridays at 4pm PDT
• Pacific Opera Victoria is offering “Listening Party Podcast,” hosted by Rebecca Hass and featuring local and national artists. Listen >>

Weekdays, times vary
• Cleveland Opera Theater is offering Opera 101 sessions, behind-the scenes content, master classes, and more. Watch >>

Wednesday, April 8 at 5pm PDT
• Pacific Opera Project is hosting a watch party for its Star Trek-themed production of The Abduction from the Seraglio. Watch >>


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