Arts companies around Australia and the world are finding innovative ways to reach their audiences, whether it’s streaming live concerts and events, creating new videos and recordings or digging into the archives.
AFCM Online Festival
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
All times are listed in Australian Eastern Time (Sydney).
Australian Event Listings
Until 6 Aug |Arts Centre Melbourne Vault Sessions are a series of weekly concerts featuring contemporary Australian musicians on the Hamer Hall stage.
Until 9 Aug | Adelaide Guitar Festival The Backstage Sessions features 15-minute sets from festival favourites along with accomplished emerging artists.4 Aug, 8:30pm | MDCH presents Stars of Covent Garden Join alumni of Covent Garden’s prestigious Jette Parker Young Artist Programme for a recital at Australia House in London.
5 Aug, 1pm | Recitals Australia Adelaide Youth Orchestra opens the Adelaide-based recital series’ spring season with Haydn, Mendelssohn and Taffanel.
5 Aug, 8:30pm | MDCH presents Kate Ceberano Kate and friends deliver the best of her classic songs from her award-winning albums Brave, Tryst and a few from the new A Dangerous Age.
7 Aug, 1pm | UQ School of Music Adam Chalabi and Anna Grinberg.
7 Aug, 5pm Camerata | Join Queensland’s chamber orchestra for their weekly [email protected] program.
7-9 Aug | Australian Festival of Chamber Music Over three days in August, AFCM will present a packed schedule of beautiful music, visual delights and fun segments including live concerts, food and wine, musical memories, a daily chamber music quiz and a celebration of Townsville and North Queensland.
9 Aug, 3:30pm | Australian String Quartet Inspired by the Bunuba people, their stories and their country in the remote Kimberley, this music like a river, spins and spirals and also has deep pools of slow reflection.
8 Aug, 7:30pm | Queensland Symphony Orchestra QSO’s The Studio Sessions returns with Paul Dean’s 7 Lockdown Miniatures, Carl Vine’s Love Song, and Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 18 No 1.
13 Aug, 8:30pm | MDCH presents Melbourne Chamber Orchestra Musicians of MCO perform Schubert’s Trout Quintet.
14 Aug, 1pm | UQ School of Music UQ Singers with Alex Raineri.
14 Aug, 5pm Camerata | Join Queensland’s chamber orchestra for their weekly [email protected] program.
15 Aug, 6pm | Brisbane Music Festival Korean soprano Eva Kong and pianist Alex Raineri present a thrilling collection of colourful works.
16 Aug, 3:30pm | Australian String Quartet The chemistry between the ASQ and pianist Konstantin Shamray brings the sparkle and joy, yet wisdom and sorrow of Dvořák’s Piano music to life.
20 Aug | Pinchgut Opera Part three in a four-part series showcasing music from the first half of the 17th century.
21 Aug, 5pm Camerata | Join Queensland’s chamber orchestra for their weekly [email protected] program.
22 Aug, 7pm | Musica Viva Classical guitarist Karin Schaupp performs a diverse program from a unique location with Discover Musica Viva.
23 Aug, 3:30pm | Australian String Quartet The chemistry between the ASQ and pianist Konstantin Shamray brings the sparkle and joy, yet wisdom and sorrow of Dvořák’s Piano music to life.
27 Aug, 8:30pm | MDCH presents Melbourne Chamber Orchestra Beethoven’s majestic Archduke trio and his charming Allegretto for Piano Trio.
29 Aug, 6pm | Brisbane Music Festival Dario Scalabrini and Shuhei Lawson join Alex Raineri in music of Poulenc, Schumann and Bruch.
28 Aug, 5pm Camerata | Join Queensland’s chamber orchestra for their weekly [email protected] program.
30 Aug, 3:30pm | Australian String Quartet Mozart’s Dissonance quartet may seem less shocking today than it was 235 years ago but the lonely opening dissonance must exist so Mozart can enlighten us with the joys of tonality.
Theatre, Dance & Cabaret
Until 6 Aug | The Australian Ballet Spartacus.
Until 9 Aug | Black Swan State Theatre Unsung Heroes is a collection of tour-de-force solo performances that celebrate everyday Western Australians who have done extraordinary things.
4 Aug, 7:30pm | Queensland Theatre Actors Julian Curtis, Sophia Emberson-Bain, Bardiya McKinnon, Sarah Meacham, Veronica Neave and Lucas Stibbard will read through this foxy reboot of Romeo and Juliet live and via Zoom.
6 Aug, 12am-20 Aug | The Australian Ballet The Merry Widow.
7 Aug | Melbourne Theatre Company The second instalment of The Turn of the Screw is available via podcast services.
International Event Listings
Until 9 Aug | Glyndebourne Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Stravinsky’s ecclectic opera in a production from 2010 by John Cox.
Until 29 Jan| OperaVision Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. From the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, directed by Kasper Holten.
3 Aug, 9:30am | Metropolitan Opera Wagner’s Die Walküre. Robert La Page’s modern production revived in 2019. Available for 23 hrs.
4 Aug, 5am | IDAGIO Enjoy selections from three of Giacomo Puccini’s most beloved operas, performed by acclaimed Italian artists on a stage overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
5 Aug, 12am | DG Stage Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde staged by the composer’s great-granddaughter Katharina Wagner and conducted by Christian Thielemann.
7 Aug, 11am | Bravo! Vail Music Festival A piano four-hands recital by Yefim Bronfmann and Anne-Marie McDermott.
5 Aug, 4am | DG Stage Yannik Nézet-Séguin performs Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos 5 & 6 with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal.
8 Aug 3am | OperaVision Moody’s Push. From La Monnaie, Howard Moody’s opera Push is about the stories about youth we tell during times of strife, caught up in the second world war.
9 Aug, 2am | DG Stage Das Rheingold.
9 Aug, 2am | IDAGIO The new Fiskars Summer Festival culminates in a special concert marking the 90th birthday of the legendary conductor and teacher Jorma Panula.
9 Aug, 11am | Houston Symphony Orchestra Vivldi’s Four Seasons, Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and Summerland by WG Still.
10 Aug, 12am | DG Stage Die Walküre.
10 Aug 2am-17 Aug | Glyndebourne Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Acclaimed director Sir David McVicar brings one of Handel’s most loved operas to the Glyndebourne stage.
10 Aug, 7am | American Composers Orchestra The world premiere of Vincent Calianno’s new work for trombonist Mike Seltzer.
11 Aug, 5am | IDAGIO Celebrate legendary Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini and the incredible history of Italian cinema with this passionate and moving program, which includes highlights from several renowned film soundtracks.
12 Aug, 12am | DG Stage Siegfried.
14 Aug, 12am | DG Stage Götterdämmerung.
15 Aug, 4am | DG Stage Yannik Nézet-Séguin performs Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos 7 & 8 with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal.
15 Aug, 5am | IDAGIO A concert featuring solo works by Chopin performed by Beatrice Rana, and she is joined by Massimo Spada for an exhilarating arrangement of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps for two pianos.
15 Aug, 10am | Vilar Performing Arts Center A recital by violinist Joshua Bell, soprano Larisa Martínez, and pianist Peter Dugan.
16 Aug, 12am | DG Stage Lohengrin.
17 Aug, 2am – 27 Aug | Glyndebourne Hamlet. Australian composer Brett Dean’s acclaimed opera in its original porduction from 2017.
Aug 17, 3am | The Metropolitan Opera Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak, live outdoors from the Château de la Chèvre d’Or in Èze, France (sole Sunday performance)
17 Aug, 7am | American Composers Orchestra The world premiere of Wynton Guess’s new work for pianist Aaron Diehl.
20 Aug, 12am | DG Stage Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
21 Aug, 12am | DG Stage Tannhäuser.
23 Aug, 11am | Houston Symphony Orchestra Missy Mazzoli’s Dark with Excessive Bright, Mozart’s Prague symphony, and an arrangement of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for winds.
22 Aug, 4am | DG Stage Yannik Nézet-Séguin performs Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos 1 & 3 with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal.
24 Aug, 2am-31 Aug | Glyndebourne Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. A lively baroque adaption of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
24 Aug, 7am | American Composers Orchestra The world premiere of Amina Figarova’s new work for flautists Susan Palma Nidel and Laura Conwesser.
25 Aug, 2am | DG Stage Das Rheingold.
26 Aug, 12am | DG Stage Die Wälkure.
28 Aug, 12am | DG Stage Siegfried.
29 Aug, 12am | DG Stage Parsifal.
30 Aug, 12am | DG Stage Götterdammerung.
30 Aug, 3am | The Metropolitan Opera Lise Davidsen, live from the Oscarshall Palace in Oslo, Norway.
30 Aug, 11am | Houston Symphony Orchestra Winton Marsalis’ The Fiddler’s March, Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, and Schubert’s Second Symphony.
31 Aug, 7am | American Composers Orchestra The world premiere of Dawn Norfleet’s new work for vocalist Clarice Assad.
Theatre, Dance & Cabaret
Until 8 Aug | Royal Ballet Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty. Choreographed originally in 1946 by Marius Petipa.
6 Aug, 4am-13 Aug | Old Vic Theatre A dance thriller devised, directed and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie. Inspired by Robert Louis Stevensons The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Education, Lectures, Seminars
8 Aug, 1:30pm | Melbourne Youth Orchestra A masterclass with MSO Principal Trumpet Owen Morris.
Gondwana Online | Improve your music theory fundamentals from anywhere in the world, with Gondwana’s comprehensive sight singing and aural skills courses. Stars 27 July.
REMIX Academy | Over 500+ talks and 10 hours of free webinars. Aiming to support arts, culture and heritage organisations and creatives through these extremely challenging and unchartered times.
TEDxSydney | The four-hour stream includes highlights from our main events, talks, films, performances as well as interviews (live and via zoom) with some of our previous speakers.
3MBS Fine Music Melbourne | Listen live online or revist the station’s past Marathon events on YouTube.
ABC Classic | Tune in to Lunchtime Concert at 1pm every day to hear full concerts, as well as highlights in Classic Breakfast and Drive.
ABC iview Take a premium seat in Australia’s concert halls.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival Find a curated collection of bite-sized clips from artists who were set to feature in the 2020 program.
Adelaide Guitar Festival | The Backstage Sessions features 15-minute sets from Adelaide Guitar Festival favourites along with accomplished emerging artists, 17 Jul-9 Aug.
Arts Centre Melbourne | Presenting Together With You, a series of free performance broadcasts, family activities, interviews, podcasts and long-form articles.
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra | Visit an innovative Virtual Concert Hall of mini-online recitals.
Australian Art Music | Listen to Cameron Lam’s weekly-updated playlist on Spotify, or click here to listen to all previously included tracks.
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra | Brandenburg One features a new series of performances on period instruments of JS Bach’s unaccompanied instrumental works set against Australian native floral backdrops by award-winning designer Silvana Azzi Heras.
Australia Chamber Choir | Watch and listen to a selection of recorded content, which will be updated regularly.
Australian Chamber Orchestra | Join the ACO for an immersive Digital Season featuring new recordings, live streamed performances, access to archival and never-released footage, specially curated playlists, in-depth interviews and more.
Australian Haydn Ensemble | Read a blog exploring 100 beautiful Haydn works, designed to explore, inform and uplift spirits.
Australian National Academy of Music ANAM violas are excited to present a series of three virtual concerts. Available until 16 July.
Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra | Watch the latest videos added to the LIVE and Voyage of Musical Discovery playlists on YouTube plus upcoming performances on Melbourne Digital Concert Hall.
Australian String Quartet | The ASQ’s Australian Anthology project records and releases contemporary Australian works for string quartet.
Camerata | Join Queensland’s chamber orchestra every Friday from 5pm for [email protected]
Canberra Symphony Orchestra | The CSO has commissioned 14 short, Australian solo works to be premiered online by CSO musicians as part of an Australian Miniseries. Experience this and a suite of other digital offerings on its website.
Couch Choir | Normally known as Pub Choir, if you love singing then this could be the group for you. Join in from your living room.
The Concourse Archival footage from the past seven years of the Live at Lunch concert series.
Ensemble Apex | The Sydney orchestra has gathered musicians from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth for some Beethoven.
Fine Music Sydney | Australia’s first FM radio station, broadcasting a mix of classical, jazz and contemporary music.
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra | Join musicians of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and their guests online as MCO presents its Winter Residency on Melbourne Digital Concert Hall.
Melbourne Digital Concert Hall | A digital concert hall run by Melbourne musicians. Concerts will be performed once, at set times as per traditional recitals, and will be professionally streamed. Tickets are sold online for the performance and all ticket money goes directly to the artists.
Melbourne Guitar Festival | Live streaming every Saturday from 7pm.
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra | Free fortnightly concerts of classic and new music, streamed to the MSO youtube channel. Every second Thursday at 7:30pm.
Musica Viva | Watch videos from past seasons as the company celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Omega Ensemble | Watch past performances from the ensemble online.
OA | TV Experience some of Opera Australia’s most beloved productions, access its invaluable archive of performances.
Phoenix Central Park | A platform for the international exposure of extraordinary performing artists.
Pinchgut Opera | Pinchgut at Home presents weekly playlists, video messages and fortnightly podcast Baroque Banter, hosted by Erin Helyard.
Quarantine Cosi Every week a team of young artists will film and record their sections from Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte separately in flats and houses scattered across the world. These are then cut together to create a full scene from the opera to be released each week.
Queensland Performing Arts Centre | Receive a QPAC at Home email every Friday with updates from the Brisbane venue.
Queensland Symphony Orchestra | Read the latest on the QSO Blog.
Recitals Australia | The Lunch Hour Series returns 5 August.
River City Voices Access the archival recording of its sold-out December 2019 Parramatta performance of Handel’s Messiah.
Selby & Friends | Selby&Friends At Home Provides access online to a range of new live concert recordings and archival footage.
Sound Gallery Sessions | Every Wednesday evening you can experience live concerts by acclaimed Australian musicians.
Sydney Chamber Opera Presenting the premiere of four new works created by Australian female composers Peggy Polias, Josephine Macken, Georgia Scott and Bree van Reyk.
Sydney Opera House | From Our House to Yours: The program will include full-length performances and talks, never-before-seen footage, podcasts, long-form articles and behind-the-scenes content. The weekly schedule will be announced every Tuesday.
Sydney Symphony Orchestra | Watch past performances from the SSO.
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra | Visit the TSO for Daily Dose – a clip, including excerpts from recent performances, interviews, show-and-tell demos, chamber music and tracks from our extensive recorded archive.
The Metropolitan Orchestra | TMO will be sharing a selection of video recordings of their favourite concerts along with some specially created videos direct from musicians’ lounge rooms.
The University of Queensland School of Music | Presenting a series of world-class, live-streamed concerts and music based presentations from UQ’s Nickson Room on Fridays.
Victorian Opera | Tune in every Wednesday night for new online and archival content, bringing the joy of opera direct to your home and nourishing your soul during coronavirus self-isolation.
WAAPA | Watch two new works created, composed, performed, recorded, edited and mastered entirely by WAAPA’s undergraduate music students at Edith Cowan University in Perth.
West Australian Opera | WA Opera has developed several digital initiatives including a podcast and playlist series, as well as online productions filmed and available throughout 2020.
West Australian Symphony Orchestra | Each Friday in the Ensemble Editions, musicians of the orchestra are stepping into the spotlight to bring you music of charm, intimacy and drama from Debussy to Dvořák, Haydn to Hans Richter.
Australian Writers’ Centre | Join AWC on Facebook for their Creative Conversations series.
Cuplet Poetry Night | Cuplet is live streaming a featured poet each Thursday.
The Wheeler Centre |Will be livestreaming a series of events and panels.
Malcolm Turnbull in Conversation with Annabel Crabb Presented by Sydney Writers Festival.
Kate Grenville: A Room Made of Leaves Presented by the Wheeler Centre. In this online conversation, Grenville will talk about the book, her writing and her career.
Julia Gillard: Women and Leadership presented by Sydney Writers Festival.
Theatre and Dance
ABC iview | Take a premium seat in Australia’s theatres.
The Australian Ballet | At Home with Ballet TV beams premium-quality productions right to your couch for free.
Chapel Off Chapel | The Check in With Chapel series features Max Riebl, Thando, Bobby All and more.
Ensemble Theatre | Ensemble Conversations features interviews with actors and creatives, exclusive scene reads, interactive Q&A sessions and more.
Griffin Theatre Company | Giving you access to five brand new theatrical experiments via livestream, for free.
Melbourne Arts Centre | Delivering regular free streams of a broad selection of works presented on the Arts Centre stages.
Melbourne Theatre Company | Bringing you the joy, curiosity and entertainment of a trip to the theatre.
Shakespeare’s Age of Crowns Cycle | Circle in the Sand and the International Actors Ensemble, in association with the Alex Theatre (Melbourne), proudly present staged online readings of the eight plays of Shakespeare’s major history cycle.
Streamed Shakespeare | Every Sunday at 2pm, the Sydney-based group will livestream a staged reading of one of Shakespeare’s plays to the world.
Sydney Theatre Company | Watch In The Company of Actors, a behind-the-scenes documentary that takes you into the rehearsal room in the lead-up to the 2006 tour of STC’s production of Hedda Gabler to New York.
Art Gallery of New South Wales | A new online project that opens AGNSW to the world and welcomes in artists, performers, and audiences, featuring online exhibition From My Window containing works on paper by nine artists from New South Wales.
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art Access its two-year lecture series, Defining Moments: Australian Exhibition Histories 1968–1999, as illustrated video lectures.
Bendigo Art Gallery | Take a virtual tour of the exciting new exhibition, Bessie Davidson & Sally Smart: Two artists and the Parisian avant-garde.
Biennale of Sydney Online | The 22nd Biennale of Sydney has gone online, bringing the exhibition and programs to life through live content, virtual walkthroughs, podcasts, interactive Q&As, curated tours and artist takeovers.
Blacktown Arts | See incredible moments from Blacktown’s history immortalised in tile as part of Blacktown Arts’ first online exhibition.
Carriageworks | Cinopticon sparked by ideas of connectivity and isolation, Giselle Stanborough’s. work has a whole new meaning. Look inside the immersive installation which has been brought online.
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre | CPAC has brought its exhibition Pulse of the Dragon online, with the launch of a virtual tour that allows viewers to experience the exhibition from the comfort of their own homes.
Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair | The Darwin Aboriginal Arts Fair is returning for its 14th year, reaching audiences from across the globe through a new digital format, taking place 6 – 14 August.
Fremantle Arts Centre | Presenting visual art exhibitions from local, national and international artists. Take a virtual tour of their works.
Meeanjin Markets Digital | A curated artisan market showcasing authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, crafts and experiences.
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia | Your MCA offers free, online creative learning programs for a broad range of audiences to inspire and spark people’s own creativity.
National Portrait Gallery | Take part in a free online masterclass on the art of portraiture from April 28.
National Gallery of Victoria | Take an online tour of the NGV, with a variety of programs on offer, including Marking Time: Indigenous Art from the NGV, Japanese Modernism, and She Persists. eBooks and activities for children are also available on its website.
Sydney Living Museums | New online exhibition A Thousand Words presents 100 of the most compelling photographic images from the rich collections of Sydney Living Museums and NSW State Archives, taken between the 1880s and the 1980s.
White Rabbit Gallery | Go on the White Rabbit’s four virtual tours through exhibitions Then, Hot Blood, Supernatural, and The Sleeper Awakes.
Academy of Ancient Music | The orchestra will upload full-length concerts to its YouTube Channel each Sunday afternoon, from 3pm GMT, for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.
Alisa Weilerstein | Join the cellist on Twitter for #36DaysOfBach.
American Symphony Orchestra | Has launched ASO Online, a new digital initiative, streaming content will alternate each week between live video recordings of operas from Bard’s SummerScape festival and symphonic audio recordings from the ASO’s past seasons.
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra APO musicians and staff select their favourite performances from its livestream back catalogue to share again with audiences.
Bavarian State Opera | Presenting a season of seven free live streams. Currently streaming two-week runs of its repertoire, including tenor Jonas Kaufmann in Verdi’s Il Trovatore.
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra | A wide range of concerts available for free.
Berlin Philharmonic | The BPO has made its Digital Concert Hall free of charge for 30-days. Available are over 600 orchestra concerts covering more than ten years.
Bolshoi Theatre | Is releasing six performances which will be livestreamed.
Boston Symphony Orchestra | Beginning 24 March and running through at least 19 April, BSO Encores, Nightly @ 8, will present a past Boston Symphony Orchestra performance each evening, Tuesday through Sunday at 11 am.
BroadwayHD | Get a 7-day free trial to stream your favourite Broadway hits.
Caramoor | Offers a variety of music; jazz, opera, classical and latin via their YouTube Channel.
Carnegie Hall Digital recitals from some of New York’s most celebrated artists.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre | Live streams of performances and past shows.
Classical:NEXT Offering the art music community an online programme of Mentoring Sessions, Sector and Regional Meet Ups, Conference Sessions and Showcases, together with a first-ever online broadcast of the Innovation Award on May 20.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra | DSO replay offering their archive to stream or to listen to for free.
Deutsche Grammophon | Explore the DG Room on Apple Music which in March features Women in Music and a new visual album of Bizet’s Carmen.
Faithful Friday with Angel Blue The acclaimed singer will be broadcasting from her New Jersey home on Facebook Live and Instagram every Friday at 12pm ET.
Glyndebourne Weekly free streams of acclaimed opera productions from the Glyndebourne festival.
The Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Academy | Gstaad Digital Festival presents concert highlights, backstage interviews and master classes from the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra | Releasing performances to view for free on GSOplay. They are aiming to release a new concert every Tuesday and Friday.
IDAGIO | The streaming service has launched a new video streaming platform where classical music artists bring you live talks, music and interviews – direct from their homes to yours.
La Monnaie | The Belgian opera house’s virtual season, available to stream on demand, is packed with treasures.
LA Phil | Watch musicians perform from their living rooms, Gustavo Dudamel speaks with local radio station online Tuesdays through Fridays.
Lincoln Centre at Home | Lincoln Center’s new portal enables families and communities to keep the performing arts front and center. Including pop-up classroom and livestreamed concerts for kids.
London Symphony Orchestra | Each Sunday and Thursday LSO we will be streaming a concert from their archive on their YouTube channel.
London Philharmonic Orchestra | The LPO is offering an array of online concerts you can watch or listen to from your living room, including solo performances, digitally combined chamber performances, and playlist concerts introduced by the musicians.
medici.tv | A selection of free content is being made available, including Massenet’s Manon from the Opéra de Paris. For each performance the channel is unable to livestream, a program from the medici.tv catalogue featuring the scheduled artists will be made available for free.
The Metropolitan Opera | Stream a different opera for free daily, available from 9:30am.
Montreux Jazz Festival | Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival is making dozens of performances from the fest’s history available to watch for free.
National Sawdust | A digital home for the voices and work of the artists who have featured in the past five seasons of the Williamsburg venue.
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra | NZSO [email protected] brings concerts and other activity programs to the screen.
NY Phil | A new portal for free digital content to provide comfort and connection to millions of classical music fans
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal | Offering free rebroadcasts of their concerts every, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Opera North | The well-respected British opera company is offering its Ring Cycle for free online.
Opera Philadelphia | Enjoy opera on the couch with its first-ever Digital Festival O this May.
OperaVision | Twice weekly streams and free library of past productions.
Paris Opera | Offering its ballets and operas to stream for free from 17 March.
Philharmonie de Paris | A vast array of music to watch and listen to at the Philarmonie’s website.
Primephonic | Easy search. Premium sound. Inspiring recommendations.
Explore new works, discover hidden gems and gain insights behind the classics.
Ravenna Festival | Celebrating its 30th year with regular concerts steaming across 8 different iconic venues.
Royal Albert Home | Will see artists sharing their work from their homes to yours.
Royal Opera House | Is rolling out opera and ballet productions offered on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels from March 28.
Royal Swedish Opera | Providing free access to its digital channel operanplay.
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra | A wide range of performances to catch up viaYouTube
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra | Live stream of 12 March concert.
Seattle Opera | Regular artist recital streams as part of the Songs od Sumemr series.
Seattle Symphony Orchestra The musicians of the Seattle Symphony have generously volunteered to share free broadcasts with everyone during this time of uncertainty. All broadcasts can be streamed through the Symphony’s social media channels on YouTube and Facebook.
Silkroad Home Sessions | Silkroad artists will be sharing short, musical performances live on Facebook and Instagram.
Staatsoper Stuttgart Bellini’s I Puritani. Directed by Jossi Weiler. From 2018. Available until 9 October.
Staatsoper Unter den Linden | A daily video on demand program by your favourite artists from the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
Stingray Classica | Watch beautiful classical music, operas, and ballets from around the world, anywhere, anytime.
Universal Music | On Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020), by invitation of the City and of the Duomo cathedral of Milan, Italian global music icon Andrea Bocelli gave a solo performance, breaking streaming records. Watch the video here.
Wiener Staatsoper | Register to watch a selection of free operas or subscribe to gain access to a larger library.
Wigmore Hall Live | Has released over 60 recordings, bringing the unique Wigmore Hall experience to music-lovers worldwide
Theatre and Dance
Alvin Ailey ‘All Access’ | Is launching Ailey All Access to share free online streaming of performances, classes, workshops, conversations, and short original films by company dancers.
American Shakespeare Center | The repertory company’s streaming platform, called BlkFrs TV! brings its complete 2020 Actors’ Renaissance and Tour Homecoming shows to the screen.
Auckland Theatre | Presenting Chekhov’s The Seagull in a new online version by Eli Kent and Eleanor Bishop.
Broadway HD | Stream Your Favorite Broadway Hits! Start your 7 day free trial by clicking a plan below!
Digital Theatre | Get access to the world’s finest theatre productions online.
Globe Player | Streaming a wide range of theatrical productions.
Hamburg Ballet | The Hamburg Ballet in Germany has begun streaming a weekly series of free, high quality recordings of works by John Neumeier.
International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival | A new streaming service for the very best of its National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company and Festival productions 1994 plus many other G&S Classics.
LEV Dance Company | The Israeli dance company has launched a Vimeo page where it has uploaded its acclaimed shows, Love Chapter 2 and House.
New York City Ballet Featuring complete ballets and excerpts, with regular releases devoted to repertory by the Company’s co-founding choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as contemporary works, all on the NYCB Youtube page.
On The Boards | Website that delivers full-length, high quality contemporary performance films, specialising in experimental performance. Offering free streaming until end of April.
Royal Academy of Dance | [email protected] lots of content to help you make the most of dancing at home.
The Royal Ballet Free streams of new and classic productions.
Sadler’s Wells | A programme of full-length dance performances and workshops online.
Schaubühne | The Schaubühne theatre in Berlin is streaming performances daily for 24 hours each.
Shakespeare’s Globe Watch a variety of performances on demand on its YouTube channel.
The Show Must Go Online | Weekly live-streamed performance readings of Shakespeare’s full canon of plays via YouTube in the order they were thought to be written with a global cast from RSC, Globe Theatre, Broadway and more.
Art Basel | 235 galleries showing in Art Basel’s Online, each gallery has chosen a curatorial concept for their virtual room.
Auckland Art Fair | 35 galleries, including nine from Australia, one from the UK and one from Beijing, take part in this virtual art fair alongside 24 New Zealand galleries. Available from April 30 – May 17.
British Museum, London | Virtual tour by Google Arts And Culture, taking you through the many rooms of the museum.
Guggenheim, Bilbao | Take a virtual tour
How Can We Think of Art at a Time Like This? | Is an online exhibition, co-curated by Barbara Pollack and Anne Verhallen as a platform for the exchange of ideas at this time of crisis.
J Paul Getty Museum | Take a virtual tour
Louvre | Take a virtual tour exploring three of the Louvre’s collection.
MOMA | How to see is a series of videos from MoMA curators and visiting artists as they explore the galleries to explain how they view art.
Musée d’Orsay | Take a virtual tour
National Gallery, London | Take a virtual tour
Natural History Museum, London | Take a virtual tour
Rijksmuseum | Take a virtual tour
Scuderie del Quirinale Embark on a virtual guided tour of an exhibition dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, led by Dr Kathleen Olive of Academy Travel.
The Tate | Have launched free online film tours of Andy Warhol (April 6) and Aubrey Beardsley (April 13) exhibitions on their YouTube channel.
Vatican Museums | Take a virtual tour
News & Features
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Support for Arts Professionals
A number of organisations provide support for musicians, artists and arts workers. During these challenging times for the arts industry, many have set up services to deal specifically with the COVID-19 crisis and its effect on the arts community.