Stressed, Bored, Anxious? Relax and Explore New Theatre, Opera, Jazz and Ballet Performances — at Home

June 5, 2020

New York’s culture is as accessible and abundant as it’s ever been. Though New York’s performing arts venues are closed for the time being, its talents and performances are readily available to enjoy.

Below are highlights of what the Big Apple (and beyond) has to offer culture-craving New Yorkers who love the performing arts in the coming days and weeks.


Just announced: June 5 through June 19, #LincolnCenterAtHome offers Broadway Fridays – free online streams of Live From Lincoln Center’s broadcasts from past productions at Lincoln Center Theater and the New York Philharmonic. Archival performances are made available every Friday from June 5 through June 19 on Lincoln Center’s website, Facebook, and YouTube channels. Upcoming productions are:

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel with the New York Philharmonic (June 5)

Featuring: Kelli O’Hara, Nathan, Gunn, Stephanie Blythe, Shuler Hensley, Jason Danieley, Jessie Mueller, Kate Burton, John Cullum, and New York City Ballet dancers Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck.

The Nance – Lincoln Center Theater Production (June 12)

Tony Award-winner Nathan Lane stars in Douglas Carter Beane’s dark comedy.

Act One – Lincoln Center Theater Production (June 19)

Tony Award-winning writer and director James Lapine adapts Moss Hart’s memoir for the stage, which earned Lapine a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. The cast includes Tony Award winners Tony Shalhoub, Andrea Martin, and Santino Fontana.


An incredible archive of performances from Jazz at Lincoln Center is available here. Current highlights are:

World Wide Concert for Our Culture: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2020 Virtual Gala (4/15/20): Share in the evening hosted by Wynton Marsalis here

Concert Celebration, Ella Fitzgerald, First Lady of Jazz: Enjoy this tribute to Ella from Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (2017) here


Each day while the house is dark, a different encore presentation from The Metropolitan Opera’s Live In HD series is being made available for free. This series may not last much longer so catch an opera now.

Thomas Adés’s The Exterminating Angel (Friday, June 5)

The brand new opera by British wunderkind based on the legendary movie by Luis Buñuel.

Starring Audrey Luna, Amanda Echalaz, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Frédéric Antoun, David Portillo, David Adam Moore, Rod Gilfry, Kevin Burdette, Christian Van Horn, and John Tomlinson, conducted by Thomas Adès (performance date 11/18/17).

Link here

Verdi’s Otello (Saturday, June 6)

Verdi’s masterpiece after Shakespeare’s tale of love, jealousy and (lots of) death.

Starring Sonya Yoncheva, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Željko Lučić, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (performance date 10/17/15).

Link here

Massinet’s Thais (Sunday, June 7)

The fantastic tale of a harlot saved and a holy man damned — all during the course of one opera, featuring one of the most beautiful interludes ever written and legendary performances.

Starring Renée Fleming, Michael Schade, and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Jesús López-Cobos (performance date 12/20/08).

Link here

If you’re looking for more opera from The Met, you can sign up and pay for Met Opera On Demand. From old-school legends to current stars you can experience more than 700-full-length Met performances with its online streaming service (free apps are available for Amazon Fire TV and Tablet, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Android, Roku, and Samsung Smart TV).


Lincoln Center celebrates Dance Week with streaming performances of extraordinary dance productions – among them, New York City Ballet and Ballet Hispánico:

Coppelia, New York City Ballet production (available through July 17)

George Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova’s reconstruction and expansion of the 19th-centruy comic ballet is a tale of mechanical dolls inspired by stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann and set to music by Leo Delibes. The performance stars Patricia McBride, Helgi Tomasson, and Shaun O’Brien (performance 1974).

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, George Balanchine New York City Ballet production (available through July 14)

Balanchine’s enchanting ode to Shakespeare’s comedy features Maria Calegari, Ib Andersen, and Jean Pierre Frohlich. Set to Mendelssohn’s music, this telling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream delivers love and magic through dance (performance 1986).

Link here

CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana, Ballet Hispánico (available for a limited time)

Experience Ballet Hispánico’s imaginative, theatrical showcase of Latin-inspired contemporary dance at its best. Rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo, and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz. Gustavo Ramírez Sansano offers a Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet’s classic opera (2015)

Link here


Marquee TV is offering 14 days free of its on-demand service with premiers every Saturday. A few of the extraordinary productions available are:

L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato: Choreographer Mark Morris garnered international fame for this landmark full-length ballet set to Handel’s Baroque masterpiece, in which a colorful array of dancers embody the ecstasy of art that transforms in a life of joy, contemplation and the moderation of both.

Vanessa: A spell-binding Glyndebourne production of Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer prize winning opera starring Emma Bell, Virginie Verrez, Edgaras Montvidas, Rosalind Plowright, Donnie Ray Albert, Romanas Kudriašovas, and William Thomas Nicholas.

Love’s Labour’s Lost: A staggering telling from the Royal Shakespeare Company starring Sam Alexander, Peter Basham, William Belchambers, Edward Bennett, Nick Haverson, Emma Manton, John Hodgkinson, and Tunji Kasim.

Woman of No Importance: Rarely done, but not to be missed – starring a riveting Eve Best, the wonderful Anne Reid, Eleanor Bron, Crystal Clarke, Emma Fielding, Dominic Rowan, William Gaunt, and Sam Cox.

A Winter’s Tale: The incredible, modern ballet interpretation by renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is danced by The Royal Ballet.  It features Lauren Cuthbertson, Ryoichi Hirano, Sarah Lamb, Vadim Muntagirov, Laura Morera, Matthew Ball, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Lady Windermere’s Fan: A memorable star turn from Absolutely Fabulous’s Jennifer Saunders is just one more reason to watch Samantha Spiro, Kevin Bishop, Joseph Marcell. Joshua James, and Grace Molony in one of Oscar Wilde’s most famous plays.

Swan Lake from Paris Opera Ballet: Swan Lake is undisputedly the greatest classical ballet.  This flawless production of the Tchaikovsky masterwork features Agnès Letestu, José Martinez, Karl Paquette, and the Paris Opera Orchestra.­

Whether you want to get dressed up and enjoy a virtuoso performance from The Metropolitan Opera or New York City Ballet, or kick back with a cocktail and Jazz at Lincoln Center, you can continue to enjoy the pleasures of New York’s finest performing arts right from your home.