The Metropolitan Opera Is Offering Free Virtual Shows — Here's What to Watch in April

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Watch some of the world's best operas from the comfort of your own couch.

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new listing information for April.

In the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic museums have more than stepped up to do their part. That includes museums offering virtual tours, and now, it also includes the Metropolitan Opera, too.

In March, the Metropolitan Opera announced its plans to stream encore performances of some of its most famed shows to the public — and it’s all completely free.

“A day after canceling upcoming performances due to concerns around the coronavirus, the Metropolitan Opera announced that it would stream encore presentations from the award-winning Live in HD series of cinema transmissions on the company website for the duration of the closure,” the opera said in a statement.

“We’d like to provide some grand opera solace to opera lovers in these extraordinarily difficult times,” Met General Manager Peter Gelb shared in the statement. “Every night, we’ll be offering a different complete operatic gem from our collection of HD presentations from the past 14 years.”

The “Nightly Met Opera Streams” begin at 7:30 p.m. each night on the Met's homepage and will remain available for 20 hours. The performance will also be available on the Met Opera’s On-Demand apps.

Check out the upcoming schedule of encore performances, along with listing information provided by the Met, below.

Wednesday, April 1

John Adams’s “Nixon in China

Starring Janis Kelly and James Maddalena, conducted by John Adams. From Feb. 12, 2011.

Thursday, April 2

Verdi’s “Don Carlo

Starring Marina Poplavskaya, Roberto Alagna, Simon Keenlyside, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From Dec. 11, 2010.

Friday, April 3

Bizet’s “Les Pêcheurs de Perles”

Starring Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecien, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. From Jan. 16, 2016.

Saturday, April 4

Verdi’s “Macbeth

Starring Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Željko Lučić, and René Pape, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From Oct. 11, 2014.

Sunday, April 5

Bellini’s “Norma

Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja, and Matthew Rose, conducted by Carlo Rizzi. From Oct. 7, 2017.  

Monday, April 6

Verdi’s “Aida

Starring Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Quinn Kelsey, Dmitry Belosselskiy, and Ryan Speedo Green, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. From Oct. 6, 2018.

Tuesday, April 7

Puccini's “La Fanciulla del West

Starring Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani, and Lucio Gallo, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. From Jan. 8, 2011.

Wednesday, April 8

Verdi's “Falstaff

Starring Lisette Oropesa, Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Paolo Fanale, Ambrogio Maestri, and Franco Vassallo, conducted by James Levine. From Dec. 14, 2013.

Thursday, April 9

Wagner's “Parsifal

Starring Katarina Dalayman, Jonas Kaufmann, Peter Mattei, Evgeny Nikitin, and René Pape, conducted by Daniele Gatti. From March 2, 2013.

Friday, April 10

Gounod's “Roméo et Juliette

Starring Diana Damrau, Vittorio Grigolo, Elliot Madore, and Mikhail Petrenko, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. From Jan. 21, 2017.

Saturday, April 11

Donizetti's “Don Pasquale

Starring Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo, conducted by James Levine. From Nov. 13, 2010.

Sunday, April 12

Mozart's “Cosi fan tutte

Starring Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Kelli O’Hara, Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka, and Christopher Maltman, conducted by David Robertson. From March 31, 2018.