On With The Show
With concert halls and theatres closed, 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.
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Australian Event Listings
8 Jul, 8:30pm | MDCH presents When Two Worlds Collide Soprano Amy Manford and mezzo soprano Ashlyn Tymms come together from London’s West End and Sydney Harbour’s Opera House to perform an intimate recital of opera, theatre and standard classics.
9 Jul, 7pm | Sydney Symphony Orchestra The SSO joins forces with luminaries from across Australia’s entertainment industry for Play It On, a unique online concert in support of Australian artists who have lost income as a result of the nationwide shutdown of the live entertainment industry.
9 Jul, 7pm | MDCH presents Independent Voices A neo-classical inspired program featuring Louisa Breen, Timothy Cheng, Anna Pokorny and Philip Arkinstall.
9 Jul, 7.30pm | Project Viola: Bach X Bratsche interspersed with musical reflections by Jared Yapp, the ANAM violas are excited to present a series of three virtual concerts.
10 Jul, 5pm Camerata | Join Queensland’s chamber orchestra for their weekly [email protected] program.
10 Jul, 7pm | MDCH presents Laura Vaughan An intimate and beguiling recital of music for solo viola da gamba from 17th-century England, ranging from pop tunes of the day, wistful dances, Puncke’s Delights and a stunning new work by Brooke Green.
10 Jul, 7:30pm | Canberra Symphony Orchestra Violinist Kirsten Williams premieres Ross Edwards’ Little Waltz for Kirsten.
10 Jul, 8:30pm | MDCH presents Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra Cavatina, a charming and impassion program for strings.
10 Jul, 9:30pm | West Australian Symphony Orchestra Chamber music by Debussy and Mendelssohn.
11 Jul, 8pm | Sydney Opera House An entertainment extravaganza and very special appeal supporting the Actors Benevolent Fund.
12 July, 11am | Claire and Jason in Concert (Live and Zoom), Claire Edwardes and Jason Noble from Ensemble Offspring join forces in a special Zoom concert of solos and duos for percussion and clarinet.
15 Jul, 5.30pm | Speak Percussion: SD Series Seven new collaborative works commissioned by Speak Percussion from 14 Victorian independent artists whilst observing social distancing.
15 Jul, 7pm | MDCH presents Katie Noonan Hear Katie’s songs arranged by various Australian composers for string quartet and soprano saxophone.
15 July, 7pm | Sound Gallery Sessions MAS performs their DUETS program featuring original compositions by Xani Kolac and Anita Quayle that explore how two amplified string instruments can play in harmony and in dissonance.
15 Jul, 8:30pm | MDCH presents Daniel de Borah Daniel de Borah presents an intensely intimate program of piano miniatures centered around the funereal lyricism of F minor.
16 Jul, 7pm | MDCH presents Sutherland Trio Sutherland Trio returns for an evening of exquisite piano trio music to inspire and delight.
16 Jul, 7:30pm | Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Program TBA – fortnightly live concert.
16 Jul, 8:30pm | MDCH presents Melbourne Chamber Orchestra Principal Second Violin Natalia Harvey and pianist Louisa Breen perform sonatas by Janaček and Brahms, with Kreisler’s Viennese Dances. On Melbourne Digital Concert Hall.
17 Jul, 1pm | UQ School of Music Viney-Grinberg Duo performs Mozart and Ravel.
17 Jul, 5pm Camerata | Join Queensland’s chamber orchestra for their weekly [email protected] program.
18 Jul, 7.30pm | Women in Music Festival: Entropy, Stefan Cassomenos’s program featuring three milestones of the Australian new piano repertoire: Natalie Williams’s concert etude Entropy, followed by Elizabeth Younan’s Sonata and Liza Lim’s Four Seasons.
19 Jul, 2pm | Steel City Strings The group’s new Quartet will premiere a work by John Spence, Composer in Residence of the Woollongong Conservatoriu of Music.
19 Jul, 7pm | Melbourne Guitar Festival A weekly live stream featuring Harold Gretton.
22 Jul, 7pm | Sound Gallery Sessions Inventi Ensemble performs Peer Gynt arranged for flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello by Melbourne composer Glynn Davies.
23 Jul | Pinchgut Opera Part two in a four-part series showcasing music from the first half of the 17th century.
17 Jul, 1pm | UQ School of Music Soprano Sarah Crane, Cellist Patrick Murphy, Pianist Alex Raineri, and Baritone Shaun Brown will lead you through the German and Italian Romantic repertoire of composers such as Strauss, and Ponchielli, with some unknown Italian gems as well.
24 Jul, 5pm Camerata | Join Queensland’s chamber orchestra for their weekly [email protected] program.
24 Jul, 7:30pm | Canberra Symphony Orchestra Alan Vivian (clarinet) premieres Chloe Sinclair’s Waiting for Summer to Come.
25 Jul, 7pm | Melbourne Guitar Festival A weekly live stream featuring Hamish Strathdee.
26 Jul, 5pm | Australian Chamber Choir A program of composers for Melbourne Digital Concert Hall who would have experienced the influenza epidemics of 1510, 1557 or 1580: Palestrina, Monteverdi, Victoria, Lassus, Gabrieli.
30 Jul, 8:30pm | Melbourne Chamber Orchestra Stefan Cassomenos joins musicians of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra for a superb arrangement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 4. On Melbourne Digital Concert Hall.
31 Jul, 5pm Camerata | Join Queensland’s chamber orchestra for their weekly [email protected] program.
Theatre, Dance & Cabaret
9 Jul, 12am | The Australian Ballet Coppélia, available until 23 July.
10 Jul 7pm | Melbourne Arts Centre, Jack Charles V The Crown, available until 24 July.
11 Jul, 8pm | Cooped-Up Cabaret The final session of a variety show featuring a rotating list of talented performers.
11 Jul, 8pm | Let’s Get On With the Show will be an entertainment extravaganza and very special appeal supporting the Actors Benevolent Fund. Hosted by Simon Burke AO and streamed live from the Joan Sutherland Theatre.
13 Jul, 11am | Asia TOPA Connected Delve into highlights of the festival, which ran from January to March this year.
18 Jul, 7pm | Australian Theatre for Young People A screening of RoomWorks, a program supporting 20 emerging artists in creating their own monologue.
21 Jul | 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 in a world premiere season directed by Emily McLean and Joe Paradise Lui.
23 Jul, 12am | The Australian Ballet Spartacus, available until 6 August.
26 July, 5pm | Todd, An Evening with Todd McKenney, presented by the Riverside Theatres stage.
Literary & Other
9 Jul, 7pm | Horizon Festival Bunker Down, Speak Out: Heat#2 featuring Anthony Ananxagorou from London.
12 Jul, 4pm | Horizon Festival Listening in the Wild is an immersive soundscape Maroochy River (Freshwater).
12 Jul, 7pm | Julia Gillard: Women and Leadership presented by Sydney Writers Festival.
16 Jul | Horizon Festival Parametric is an interactive digital artwork that investigates our individual and collective emotional state in a post isolated world to create unique pieces of art.
16 Jul, 7pm | David Mitchell: Utopia Avenue presented by Sydney Writers Festival.
18-23 Jul | Horizon Festival Love Note to the Landscape is a celebration of plein air artwork, created in three iconic Sunshine Coast locations – Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanical Gardens, Coolum’s First Bay and the Mooloolah Wetlands.
19 Jul, 4pm | Horizon Festival Listening in the Wild is an immersive soundscape Eudlo Creek (Rainforest).
26 Jul, 4pm | Horizon Festival Listening in the Wild is an immersive soundscape Mooloolaba (Ocean).
International Event Listings
8 Jul, 9.30am | Metropolitan Opera Verdi’s Il Trovatorre, Starring Éva Marton, Dolora Zajick, Luciano Pavarotti, and Sherrill Milnes, conducted by James Levine. Available for 23 hours.
9 Jul, 9.30am | Metropolitan Opera Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. Starring Susanna Phillips, Isabel Leonard, Danielle de Niese, Matthew Polenzani, Rodion Pogossov, and Maurizio Muraro, conducted by James Levine. Available for 23 hours.
10 Jul, 4.30am | Paris Orchestra Join the Orchestre de Paris and their Music Director Designate, Klaus Mäkelä, playing Ravel and Beethoven.
10 Jul, 9.30 am | Metropolitan Opera Zandonai’s Francesca Da Rimini. Starring Eva-Maria Westbroek, Marcello Giordani, and Mark Delavan, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Available for 23 hours.
10 Jul, 1pm | Staatsoper Stuttgart Bellini’s I Puritani. Directed by Jossi Weiler. From 2018. Available until 9 October.
11 Jul, 7.30pm | Mimir Chamber Music Festival This Emerging Artists’ concert on will feature performances by three pre-formed groups, representing the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the University of Houston Moores School of Music.
11 Jul, 9:30am | Metropolitan Opera Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Starring Anna Netrebko, Peter Mattei, and Alexy Dolgov. Conducted by Robin Ticciati. From April 2017.
12 Jul, 5:30am | Van Gogh Museum Pianist-artist-director Tomoko Mukaiyama and cinematographer Reinier van Brummelen’s final in a series of virtually distributed piano concerts and visual experiences.
12 Jul, 9:30am | Metropolitan Opera, Pucinni’s Madama Butterfly. Starring Hui He, Bruce Sledge, and Paulo Szot. Conducted by Pier Giorgio Morandi. From 2019.
13 Jul, 2am | Glyndebourne, Britten’s Billy Budd, Directed by Michael Grandage, available until 20 July.
13 Jul, 5am | Arena di Verona Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
13 Jul, 9:30am | Metropolitan Opera Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Starring Ben Heppner and Jane Eaglen. Conducted by James Levine. From 1999.
17 Jul, 1pm | Opera ballet Vlaaderen, Czernowin’s Infinite Now. Available until 18 January.
19 Jul | Marquee TV Arena di Verona’s Nabucco
19 Jul, 4am | Royal Opera House Gounod’s Faust. Directed by David McVicar, starring Michael Fabiano, Irina Lungu, and Erwin Schrott.
20 Jul, 2am | Glyndebourne Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Directed by Annabel Arden, Available until 27th July.
28 Jul, 1pm | Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe Dorman’s Wahnfried. Available until 28 October.
Theatre, Dance & Cabaret
10 Jul, 4am | National Theatre at Home Terrence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea. Starring Helen McCrory, and directed by Carrie Cracknell. Available until 17 July.
12 Jul, 4am | Royal Ballet Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan. Available until 24 July.
12 Jul, 10am | Dance Theatre of Harlem Watch DTH’s performance at the Guggenheim on its YouTube and Facebook channels, featuring Tones II, choreography by Arthur Mitchell and Nyman String Quartet #2, choreography by Robert Garland.
17 Jul, 4am | National Theatre at Home, Peter Shaffer’s iconic Amadeus. Starring Lucian Msamati as Salieri and directed by Michael Longhurst, also featuring the Southbank Sinphonia.
18 Jul, 10am | Dance Theatre of Harlem Watch the full length ballet, Coming Together by choreographer Nacho Duato, on DTH’s YouTube and Facebook channels.
26 Jul, 4am | Royal Ballet Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty. Choreographed in 1946 by Marius Petipa. Available until 8 August.
26 Jul, 10am | Dance Theatre of Harlem Watch the full length ballet Dougla by choreographer Geoffrey Holder, on DTH’s YouTube and Facebook channels.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
West Australian Opera | Ghost Light Opera will celebrate Western Australian singers performing gorgeous arias spot lit on a darkened stage.
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.
Industry Lectures Seminars
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.
Australian Writers’ Centre | Join AWC on Facebook for their Creative Conversations series.
Cuplet Poetry Night | Cuplet is live streaming a featured poet each Thursday.
Emerging Writers Festival | From 16 – 23 June the festival will be delivered online.
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.
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 | A Not So Traditional Story, available until 16 July.
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 Catch up on this series online.
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.
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.
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 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 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!
Bolshoi Theatre | From 15 April to 11 May, viewers from around the world for the first time will be able to watch productions from the Bolshoi on YouTube, available for 24 hours only.
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.
National Theatre At Home | From 2 April National Theatre at Home, will stream National Theatre Live productions for free on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel.
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 The Winter’s Tale, The Metamorphosis, Anastasia
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
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