Metropolitan Opera to Offer Free Performance Streams Amid Coronavirus Shutdown

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Elina Garanca as Carmen in Georges Bizet's opera 'Carmen,' directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Bertrand De Billy at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London.

The first title available for streaming will be Bizet’s "Carmen."

The Metropolitan Opera may be temporarily closed over concerns about spreading the coronavirus, but the New York City institution has found a creative way to continue entertaining its patrons.

Beginning Monday (March 16), the Met Opera will stream titles from its "Live in HD" series through its website. The first offering will be a 2010 performance of Bizet’s Carmen. The daily streams will begin at 7:30 p.m. and be available for 20 hours.

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

Other offerings will include Puccini’s La Bohème (March 17), Verdi’s Il Trovatore (March 18), Verdi’s La Traviata (March 19), Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment (March 20), Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (March 21), and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (March 22).

The Metropolitan Opera recently canceled performances and rehearsals through March 31 due to concerns of the virus spreading. As previously reported, the opera house instituted 14-day quarantines for artists and employees traveling to New York from areas affected by the new coronavirus.