You Can Watch Free Performances Streamed By the Metropolitan Opera Every Night of the Week

published Mar 16, 2020
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The doors of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City might be temporarily closed, but the show must go on—virtually, that is!

Starting tonight, the New York institution is bringing performances to screens across the country for free with their Live in HD series. Every night until the Met Opera reopens, viewers can go to MetOpera.org at 7:30 p.m. and watch one of the selected productions in full. 

The virtual lineup kicks off with “Carmen,” an opera originally composed by Georges Bizet. The opera was written in 1875 and originally broadcast by the Met Opera on Jan. 16, 2010. It tells the story of a Spanish solider Don José who falls madly in love with a gypsy named Carmen, who is ultimately his downfall. 

The rest of this week’s schedule includes the likes of Guiseppe Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” (broadcast in 2015), Gaetano Donizetti’s “La fille du régiment” (broadcast in 2008), and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” (broadcast in 2007), among many others. 

If you can’t make it to the show at 7:30 p.m., the performance will be available for free streaming for the next 20 hours—basically until the next opera begins the following evening. And if you happen to have the Met Opera on Demand, you can view the performances anytime!

One huge plus about watching these performances at home: no dress code required!