The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883 in New York. When its first home on Broadway and 39th Street became too small to accommodate its grand productions, the Met relocated to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Since 1966, this has been the opera's home in New York, equipped with the finest technical facilities. It is these facilities combined with the Met's ever enduring spirit which has allowed it to continue to thrive even as the popularity of opera has seen rapid decline. The Met stages over 200 productions per year, welcoming over 800 000 visitors each season.
In 2006, the Metropolitan Opera introduced their Live in HD series to audiences around the world - a series of performance transmissions shown live in high definition in movie theaters around the globe. Today, this series reaches more than 2000 venues in 73 countries across six continents. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and worldwide movie theatre closures, the Met's live shows and transmission broadcasts look likely to be halted until December 2020.
In response to the global pandemic crisis, the Metropolitan Opera has yet again turned to technological advances to bring their shows to the world. Since late March, they have been offering free nightly live streams of their most popular productions via their website. The streams are also available through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV.
The nightly Met Opera streams kick off at 19:30 EDT, until 18:30 the following day. Seeing that Johannesburg is six hours ahead of New York, this translates to 01:30 in the morning for us! Of course, if you are still awake at that time, go right ahead. But, for those of us working from home or with young children, it may be best to get your fill of world-class opera later on in the day. Click here to watch last night's stream before it ends!
The Met enters it's thirteenth week of live online streaming from Monday, 08 June 2020. With its physical theatre facing closure for another few months, they will be continuing with the Live in HD series throughout June 2020. Here's what's on the Met: Live in HD programme for the next few weeks:
Visit the Metropolitan Opera website for more information. You can also follow their social media pages to keep up to date with the latest news:
Click here for the Met's weekly guide to their Live in HD shows, complete with original playbills and insightful 'behind-the-curtain' pieces.
Looking for more live streaming events and online arts festivals? Click here!
Tough times are upon us as we face COVID-19. To share a lighter side of things and to spread hope, we have found some of the most inspiring videos to get you through this pandemic.
These videos are a great reminder of all the things we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Despite people around the world being on lockdown, we are coming together to fight this virus and inspire others.
We have been under lockdown because of the COVID-19 for weeks now but we know why we need to work together to make sure that we play a part in saving lives by protecting ourselves and each other.
If you are feeling discouraged about what we are currently facing, here is a reminder of who we are...
Although we feel constrained, it is for the good of tomorrow, for the goo of our people and here is what we can look forward to.
If we are united, we can never be defeated and like our Mr Cyril Ramaphosa said, "We will overcome this".
At the end of the day, we are all human beings faced with a real situation. It is beautiful how we are coming together, and Actor Matthew McConaughey is in on it too.
Check out this message of hope:
Heartstrings will be pulled, tears will be dropped and laughter will be shared...together. Check out this video:
These two gentleman are making it fun to wash your hands with the power of dance. So, remember to wash your hands and sanitise if possible.
Despite panic, turmoil and desperate times, all hope is not lost. The people of Italy give us all hope through music and remind us that we can get through anything by sticking together.
These hard times are bringing us closer together and showing us how much stronger we are when we stand together. Check out how Sicily has shown the world that no virus has the power to stop us from moving forward.
— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) March 13, 2020
The youth is what makes the future worth fighting for and the elderly need our love and care now more than ever. Check out how these kids shared hope with their 78-year-old quarantined neighbour.
Sharing with y’all pic.twitter.com/75pqmsY8bg
— Jackie Borchardt (@JMBorchardt) March 16, 2020
We hope that you will look at this and be encouraged to see the bright side of this pandemic. It's not easy, but we are seeing the world stand together to eliminate this threat.
We can do it, the world against COVID-19!
LiveMedAid is bringing the world’s leading doctors, scientists, writers, thinkers and cultural influencers together to discuss what the world is faced with currently - the COVID-19 virus.
They will be discussing how we can work together to understand it and fight it.
Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 01:00.
Online, click here.
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Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.