While auditoriums around the world are temporarily dark, arts and culture organizations are offering unprecedented access to digital theater productions, opera presentations, dance performances, and museum exhibitions.
BMFI presents a curated list of websites that offer similar programs to those we present in our Stage on Screen series, with select recommendations from BMFI’s special programming team, so we can stay connected to the live arts, and each other, during our time apart.
For the duration of their temporary closure, the Met Opera will stream a free HD presentation from its recorded performance archive, as part of the new program Nightly Met Opera Streams. A new stream will begin each night at 7:30 pm, and will remain available on the Met Opera homepage for 20 hours. See the upcoming schedule here.
BMFI recommends: Take on one of opera’s most towering works with Richard Wagner’s epic four-opera ring cycle (Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung) running on consecutive nights from Tuesday, March 24 to Friday, March 27.
92nd Street Y has an expansive archive of filmed concerts, dance performances, lectures, and other cultural events, available for free streaming. In the coming weeks, they will also be livestreaming some of their scheduled events
BMFI recommends: Misty Copeland tells the inspiring story of her ballet journey in this conversation with Gayle King and Nelson George. After that, just try to resist shaking a leg to this performance by New Orleans greats Rebirth Brass Band.
The Bavarian State Opera, housed in the National Theatre Munich, will be providing free livestreams of ballets, operas, and concerts from their website, some of which will be available for an additional 30 days via video-on-demand
BMFI recommends: On select Monday afternoons (EST), tune into the Monday Concerts series, featuring solo instrumentalists, chamber music and dance performances.
CMS of Lincoln Center offers free livestreams, weekly curated playlists and daily releases of archival video and audio. Stream concerts, lectures, master classes, and Meet the Music programs
BMFI recommends: This year marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Celebrate with this series of lectures and performances, discussing all of Beethoven’s String Quartets.
As Broadway is temporarily on hiatus, watch stage actors give live performances from the comfort and safety of their homes. The performances are free, with an option to donate directly to Broadway artists.
BMFI recommends: Need your showtunes fix? Carolee Carmello belts out “Before the Parade Passes By” from Hello Dolly, made famous on film by Barbara Streisand!
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BMFI recommends: Explore some of the world’s finest film archives and exhibits via these digital tours!
Silent Films: Second Life from the National Film Archive in Warsaw
Apple takes us on a 5-hour plus journey through St. Petersberg’s Hermitage Museum, captured in a single take on an iPhone.
Select concerts and performances from the long-running PBS series are available in their entirety for free for a limited time, including the The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration. Select concerts are available in their entirety for free for a limited time. Full access is available through the PBS Passport, included with a WHYY Membership.
Tiny Desk Concerts is a free video series of live concerts hosted by NPR Music at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.