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Australian Event Listings

Until 13 Dec | Pinchgut Opera: A Delicate Fire
Pinchgut Opera’s film debut is a winning 60-minute meditation on the complexities of love woven around the glittering madrigals of Barbara Strozzi, a trailblazing musician and the most prolific composer of her time. The illegitimate daughter of a Venetian poet, Strozzi composed a great deal for female voice – she was also a fine singer – though her sex prohibited her from writing operas. Anna Dowsley and Taryn Fiebig star alongside an outstanding quintet of Australia’s finest singers. Constantine Costi directs a visually arresting production that mixes dreamlike sequences with a contemporary Australian vibe. Erin Helyard leads a handpicked band, all of whom appear as part of the film.
November | Fine Music Sydney: Beethoven’s Birthday
Fine Music Sydney’s celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday continues in November with programs such as Beethoven Interpreted by Australians (which will feature Geoffrey Tozer performing the Hammerklavier Sonata and the Australian String Quartet performing the first of the composer’s Razumovsky quartets), on 9 and 23 November, The Piano Alone, which will feature Beethoven’s solo piano music (including the Moonlight, Tempest, Waldstein and Appassionata sonatas), every Saturday at 9:05am, and The World of a Symphony every Thursday night at 8pm. Other highlights to look out for include tenor Jonas Kaufmann and soprano Nina Stemme in Fidelio as part of the At the Operaprogram on 18 November, and Beethoven’s choral music in Sunday Specials, including the cantatas, the oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives and the Mass in C Major.
27 Nov, 7pm | Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra TSO performs three celebratory works from classical and romantic masters.
27 Nov, 8:30pm | ANAM on MDCH Join our future music leaders from the Australian National Academy of Music as they come together to perform a selection of chamber works for brass, percussion and winds.
28 Nov, 7:30pm | Frances Madden & Band The Joan is delighted to present the official launch concert for Frances Madden’s new album Beautiful World released in Australia by ABC Music and produced by ARIA Award winning maestro Chong Lim AM.
2 Nov, 7pm | NSW Police Band on MDCH Wind Quintet. The NSW Police Band (The oldest continuing concert band in Australia) present pieces by Ibert and others for wind Quintet.
1 Dec, 12:30pm | ANAM Music Matinee The Australian national Academy of Music is excited to recommence its regular lunchtime concerts with a free live stream.
2 Dec, 8:30pm | Streeton Trio on MDCH The Streeton Trio performs a beautiful and exciting program of Beethoven and Schoenfield.
3 Dec, 7pm | Lloyd/Amir/Zoe on MDCH Cellist Zoe Knighton and Pianist Amir Farid join with Clarinetist Lloyd Van’t Hoff to perform Connesson and Bernstein.
3 Dec, 8:30pm | Melbourne Chamber Orchestra on MDCH
Beethoven’s music for string quintet has been somewhat overshadowed by the string quartets. Here Melbourne Chamber Orchestra Artistic Director William Hennessy leads members of the orchestra in a performance bringing together Beethoven’s Opus 19 String Quintet of 1801 – the same year his first set of string quartets was published – with his Opus 104, the composer’s own arrangement for string quintet of the third Piano Trio from his bold Opus One set. Both quintets see the traditional string quartet line-up expanded with an additional viola part.
4 Dec, 7pm | Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra brings this year’s Friday Night Live series to a close with a concert that culminates in Haydn’s ‘Drumroll’ Symphony – one of the composer’s dozen London symphonies, nicknamed for the timpani roll that opens the first movement. The Haydn is presented alongside Charles Ives’ questing The Unanswered Question and Jacques Ibert’s tongue-in-cheek Divertissement, drawn from incidental music he wrote for Eugène Labiche’s farce The Italian Straw Hat and poking fun at everything from Mendelssohn’s famous Wedding March to Strauss’s An der Schönen, Blauen Donau.
4 Dec, 8:30pm | Songmakers Australia on MDCH Soprano Merlyn Quaife joins Bass Nicholas Dinopoulos and Pianist Andrea Katz to perform vocal music by Brahms, Dvorak, and others.
6 Dec, 12pm | Musica Viva on MDCH Strike a Chord – Lockdown Legends Final. Join Musica Viva for the final round of their Strike a Chord competition, featuring young musicians from around Australia.
9 Dec, 7pm | The Song Company on MDCH
Worried that restrictions on choirs and public gathering might put paid to the customary Christmas performances of Handel’s Messiah? Never fear, Sydney’s innovative vocal ensemble The Song Company is bringing a “living room” Messiah to Melbourne Digital Concert Hall in December. When Messiah premiered in Dublin in 1742, the crowds were so great that audience members were asked to leave swords and hoop skirts at home. In this performance of Part I, featuring 12 singers and a small band of instrumentalists, people around the country will be able to enjoy the oratorio from the comfort of their homes – hoop skirts and all.
9 Dec, 8:30pm | Darwin Symphony Orchestra on MDCH Where I Roam.  The Darwin Sympony Orchestra joins with artists from the NT Dance Company to perform works by Richter, Shostakovich, and Respighi.
10 Dec, 7pm | Chris Howlett on MDCH Rachmaninoff, Sonatas and Songs. Cellist Chris Howlett joins pianist Stefan Cassomenos for a recital of cello pieces by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
10 Dec, 8:30pm | Firebird Trio on MDCH Timeless. The Firebird Trio debut a new work by Australian composer Tom Henry, followed by Beethoven’s enduirng ‘Archduke’ trio. 
11 Dec, 7pm | Timothy Young on MDCH Pianist Timothy Young presents a solo recital combining works by Rameau and Rachmaninov.
11 Dec, 8:30pm | Vodka and Tango on MDCH Freya Franzen, Rachel Tobin, and Aidan Boase perform tango works by Piazzolla and Arensky.
14 Dec, 4am | Benedetti Foundation Running from 16 November to 13 December, Global Violin Sessions take participants on a trip around the world through the eyes of the violin, in a tale of discovery, globalism and cultural exchange. The results of this journey premiere in a special video released in December.
16 Dec, 8:30pm | Bach Akamdemie Australia on MDCH Weihnachtsfreude. Bach Akademie perform a selection of classic Christmas pieces by J.S. Bach.
17 Dec, 7pm | Members of MSO on MDCH Masterworks for Clarinet and Strings. Musicians from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra perform chamber works by Pendrecki and Mozart.
17 Dec, 8:30pm | Members of MCO on MDCH
Pianist Louisa Breen joins musicians of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra for Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet, scored for the unusual combination of piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass, rather than the traditional piano quintet line-up of piano plus string quartet. The piece takes its nickname from the famous melody in the fourth movement, which is a set of variations on the theme from Schubert’s lied Die Forelle (The Trout). Breen takes to the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall stage with violinist William Hennessy, violist Merewyn Bramble, cellist Josephine Vains and double bassist Emma Sullivan.

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International Event Listings

December | Wigmore Hall: Online Recitals
Wigmore Hall’s series of 100 livestreamed concerts continues and there’s a definite festive feel in the lead up to Christmas. Vocal ensembles Tenebrae, The Cardinall’s Musick and Stile Antico offer a mix of early music to celebrate the Nativity – a Spanish Nativity in the case of Stile Antico – alongside carols from the 20th century and today. Vocal recitals in December include French baritone Stéphane Degout, Egyptian soprano Fatma Said, British countertenor Iestyn Davies, and it all culminates in a 22 December program from Sir Simon Keenlyside and pianist Malcolm Martineau. Each recital will be free on demand for 30 days after broadcast.
Now available | Philharmonie de Paris Simone Young conducts Strauss and Brahms. 
27 & 29 Nov | Boston Early Music Festival: Looking Back at Orpheus
With its attention to period detail and a pair of outstanding musical directors in lutenists Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival is one of the world’s finest with a string of glorious recordings to back them up. This year’s season may have been cancelled, but BEMF has mined its archives for a pair of broadcasts around the Orpheus legend. The first focuses on Charpentier’s haunting La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers from 2001, followed two days later by Monteverdi’s Orfeofrom 2015. The broadcasts will follow a two-week marathon of new video content, including documentaries on the making of each production and an excerpt from Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise, which features an Orpheus-themed “opera-within-an-opera”.
27 Nov, 9:30am | The Metropolitan Opera Strauss’ Elektra. Following in the footsteps of Salome, Elektra is a daring and dark one act opera, starring Nina Stemme in the title role. Available for 23hrs.
28 Nov, 5am | Idagio The London Symphony Orchestra are joined by Gianandrea Noseda in a concert streamed live from LSO St Luke’s in London.
28 Nov, 6am | Royal Opera House Don Giovanni
28 Nov, 9:30am | The Metropolitan Opera Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Antalie Dessay stars as the wayward scottish bride in Donizetti’s tragic masterpiece. Available for 23hrs.
28 Nov, 11:30am | Houston Grand Opera A double billing of Bon Appétit! and The Impresario starring Jamie Barton, Ryan McKinny, Eun Sun Kim and E. Loren Meeker.
29 Nov, 9:30am | The Metropolitan Opera Wagner’s Die Walküre. Christine takes on the formidable role of Brünnhilde in Wagner’s second installment of the Ring Cycle. Available for 23hrs.
30 Nov, 3am | 
The Gesualdo Six take inspiration from the turning of the seasons, exploring modern settings of ancient texts interpreting the mechanisms of the rolling and shining of the heavenly spheres.
30 Nov, 9:30am | The Metropolitan Opera Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. This classic production of Verdi’s political tale features an all star cast of met favourites. Available for 23hrs.
1 Dec, 12am | Wigmore Hall English mezzo-soprano Christine Rice joins pianist Julius Drake for music by Britten, Mussorgsky and Weill.
1 Dec, 6:30am | Wigmore Hall Igor Levit & Julia Hagen

1 Dec – 6 Jan | VOCES8 The online festival returns with a snow-dusted selection of favourite holiday pieces, filmed live from VOCES8’s church in the heart of the city and from venues across the world.
3 Dec | Opera San José: Three Decembers
Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers is an emotionally loaded 90-minute American opera about family by one of contemporary music’s most approachable composers. The story of a famous actress, Madeline Mitchell, and her two adult children is based on a play by the late, great Terrence McNally and set over three decades – 1986, 1996 and 2006. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham – a popular favourite in Australia – sings the central role in Opera San José’s staging. Captured in the company’s new Digital Media Studio, a $40 ticket will also get you access to a post-show conversation with Graham, Heggie and the opera’s creative team.
5 Dec, 5am | Gran Teatr del Liceu Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Christopher Maltman stars in this production of Mozart’s classic take on Don Juan.
5 Dec, 6am | Opera Streaming Massenet’s Werther will be broadcast from the Teatro Comunale di Modena.
5 Dec, 6am | Royal Opera House Enigma Variations
2 Dec, 6:30am | Wigmore Hall Stéphane Debout & Simon Lepper
8 Dec, 12am | Wigmore Hall Fatma Said. & Joseph Middleton
8 Dec, 6:30am | Wigmore Hall Natalie Clein & Cédric Pescia
9 Dec, 4:30am | Virtual Circle
Conductor Klaus Mäkelä specially introduces and conducts this dance inspired online concert celebrating Sibelius’ 155 anniversary.
9 Dec, 6:30am | Wigmore Hall Quator Arod
11 Dec | Boston Early Music Festival: The Tallis Scholars
Boston Early Music Festival is one of America’s finest proponents of music from the Renaissance and Baroque. Famous for the purity of their sound, pioneering British a cappella legends, The Tallis Scholars, have become a bit of a BEMF tradition, appearing now for 31 consecutive seasons. Adapting to the ongoing travel ban, director Peter Phillips will lead a BEMF concert streamed from London’s historic Church of St. Anne & St. Agnes. The program features music for the Christmas season written to invoke and honour the Virgin Mary, with works by Palestrina, Lassus, Whyte, Pärt, Guerrero and Praetorius.
11 Dec | DACAMERA: Visions of a Century: Perle Noire
Perle Noire, subtitled, “Joséphine Baker: A Personal Portrait,” is a calling card for American soprano Julia Bullock whose last visit to Australia was for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Porgy and Bess. Like Baker, Bullock is a mixed-race performer, and this essentially one-woman show, conceived by director Peter Sellars, tackles head on the objectification of People of Colour through songs associated with Baker, arranged by American composer and multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey. One of the most charismatic and intelligent singing actresses of her generation, Bullock’s performance of the work last year on the Grand Staircase of New York’s Metropolitan Museum was one of the theatrical highlights of the season.
12-19 Dec | Opera Philadelphia A five-episode series titled LOVE in the Park, in which 16 singers perform beloved opera arias and choruses alongside popular musical theater selections.
12 & 19 Dec | The Metropolitan Opera: Met Stars Live in Concert
Having cancelled its entire 2020–21 season, Met Opera fans will have to make do with its free nightly streams and the last of its $20 USD per view recital series. This month you can enjoy bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel in a festive holiday program with friends, live from a church somewhere in his native Wales – assuming that part of the British Isles is out of lockdown by then – and silken-toned soprano Angel Blue, star of last year’s raved-about new production of Porgy and Bess, performing from a location in New York City, once the centre of the pandemic, now one of America’s few success stories.
13 Dec, 7am | Lang Lang International Music Foundation A virtual concert featuring Lang Lang and his wife, pianist Gina Alice, Sam Smith, Ron Howard, Misty Copeland, Diana Krall, Renée Fleming and more.
14 Dec, 5am | Teatro Sociale di Como Massenet’s Werther. The winners of the AsLiCo Singing Competition present one of Massenet’s most powerful and youtful operas.
15 Dec, 12am | Wigmore Hall Iestyn Davies
15 Dec, 6:30am | Wigmore Hall Tenebrae
18 Dec, 4:30am | Virtual Circle Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs a fascinating programme of works by Beethoven, Messiaen, and Stockhausen.
19 Dec, 11am | The Kitchen OnScreen
This event celebrates the release of four albums with Claire Chase’s recordings of Density parts i-v and the performance of the world premiere of part vii, Sex Magic by Liza Lim.
21 Dec, 1:30am | Opera Streaming The Barber of Seville  
22 Dec, 12am | Wigmore Hall Stille Antico
22 Dec, 6:30am | Wigmore Hall The Cardinall’s Musick
23 Dec, 5am | Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier La Soupe Pop. Halfway between theatre and cabaret, this immersive pieces is the story of a soup kitchen at Christmas, drawing on the music of british band, The Tiger Lillies.
23 Dec, 6:30am | Wigmore Hall Sir Simon Keenlyside & Malcolm Martineau

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Education, Lectures, Seminars

Bell Shakespeare | Bell Debates address and tackle ideas from Shakespeare’s plays, in the context of our modern world.
Ensemble Theatre | Online series Ensemble Conversations features interviews with prominent actors and creatives, exclusive scene reads, interactive Q&A’s and more. 
Making Sense of Wagner’s Ring | This free series of four hour-long videos will help explain the plot, the music, the origins of the work in German and Norse sagas, and the controversies that have continued to surrounded the Ring of the Nibelung since its inception over 140 years ago.
Philadelphia International Music Camp and Festival | PIMFOnline hosts interactive virtual masterclasses through to December 2020.
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.

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Online Content

Australian Companies


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. BBC Proms content also available.
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 OrchestraBrandenburg 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 OrchestraJoin 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 FestivalLive 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.

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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, and the development program bodytorque.digital.
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.

Visual Arts

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 1968–1999as 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 NGVJapanese 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 ThenHot BloodSupernatural, and The Sleeper Awakes.

International Companies


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 OrchestraThe 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.
Tanglewood Online Festival | Presenting a series of panels, lectures, masterclasses, and performances from the Boston Symphony Orchestra
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.

Visual Arts

Art Basel | 235 galleries showing in Art Basel’s Online,  each gallery  has chosen a curatorial concept for their virtual room.
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

Further Reading

News & Features

Read Limelight‘s ongoing coverage of how COVID-19 is affecting the arts industry.

In Your Living Room

This column running 17 April-19 June, and supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas, presented our writers’ selections of highlights and critical insights.

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.