Keeping Calm and Carrying On: Entertainment for Evenings at Home

March 24, 2020

(Read an update to this post here)

While music may not cure what ails our world today, it is an incomparable touchstone, expression, and entertainment for people across the globe.

New York’s cultural venues and talents are finding ways to fill the airwaves with a variety of programming.  Many Broadway artists have gone hyper-local, broadcasting from their living rooms and even wash basins (unplugged has never been more plugged in).  Larger arts organizations, like the Metropolitan Opera’s Nightly Streams, Carnegie Hall’s “Watch and Listen,” and the 92nd Street Y’s “Archive of Concerts and Talks” are now available online.  NPR’s Lists of Daily Schedules of Streaming Concerts (from jazz to classical, electronic, experimental, American, and more) reach beyond New York. While globally venues like Germany’s Wiener Staatsoper offer daily online streaming broadcasts of opera and ballet.

Below is a sampling of what just might be your evening’s entertainment.

Living Room Concerts

From Broadway World — Performers sing their favorite tunes from current Broadway hit shows from their homes.

Nightly Met Opera Streams

Though the Metropolitan Opera has cancelled the remainder of its 2019-2020 season, its presenting encore presentations from the company’s Live in HD series. Available for free, streaming on the Met website, each performance is available for 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day.

The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.  Go to the Metropolitan Opera website for more information and to see the operas:

A reminder, for people who don’t like opera: These works are almost always as much a treat for the eyes as much as the ears.

Tuesday, March 24
Wagner’s Das Rheingold
Starring Wendy Bryn Harmer, Stephanie Blythe, Richard Croft, Gerhard Siegel, Dwayne Croft, Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens, and Hans-Peter König, conducted by James Levine. From October 9, 2010.

Wednesday, March 25
Wagner’s Die Walküre
Starring Deborah Voigt, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, and Hans-Peter König, conducted by James Levine. From May 14, 2011.

Thursday, March 26
Wagner’s Siegfried
Starring Deborah Voigt, Jay Hunter Morris, Gerhard Siegel, Bryn Terfel, and Eric Owens, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From November 5, 2011.

Friday, March 27
Wagner’s Götterdämmerung
Starring Deborah Voigt, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Waltraud Meier, Jay Hunter Morris, Iain Paterson, Eric Owens, and Hans-Peter König, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From February 11, 2012.

Saturday, March 28
Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Starring Annette Dasch, Johan Botha, Paul Appleby, and Michael Volle, conducted by James Levine. From December 13, 2014.

Sunday, March 29
Wagner’s Tannhäuser
Starring Eva-Maria Westbroek, Michelle DeYoung, Johan Botha, Peter Mattei, and Gunther Groissböck, conducted by James Levine. From October 31, 2015.

Carnegie Hall Watch & Listen

Listen and watch concerts and talks from Carnegie Hall, including performances by the great soloists, orchestras and instrumentalists from around the world.

92nd Street Y Archive of Concerts and Talks

The 92nd Street Y has made its archive of performances — from concerts to talks — free for the public.

NPR Lists Daily Schedule of Streaming Concerts

Check out NPR for a full range of concerts available each day from jazz to classical, electronic, experimental, Americana, and more.

Opera from the Wiener Staatsoper

The Wiener Staatsoper continues to play daily online, worldwide and it’s free.  Experience great opera and ballet at home.  Wiener Staatsoper broadcasts recordings of previous opera and ballet performances daily via its streaming platform

This online programme will even follow the originally planned schedule at the house, with a few exceptions only. Streams for most operas begin at 7 p.m. Central European Time — 2 p.m. ET (Gotterdammerung begins at 5 p.m. Central European Time — 12 p.m. in ET) and remain available for 24 hours.

March 24
L’elisir d’amore

March 25
La Cenerentola

March 26

March 27
Le Nozze di Figaro

March 28

March 29
Roméo et Juliette

March 30
Le Nozze di Figaro

March 31
L’elisir d’Amor

April 1
Die Frau Ohne Schatten

 April 2
Peer Gynt