Performance is powerful. There’s a connection between stage and audience that makes us laugh, cry, dance, learn, and yearn for more. The arts have always served as inspiration to the world, especially during difficult times. While we may not be able to head to our favorite performing arts spaces for the time being, we can still enjoy the gifts of artists around the world who are using the web to keep us all connected.
Grab a front row seat with the world, your dancing shoes or popcorn, and your favorite cocktail to enjoy these 11 virtual performances at home.
New York Metropolitan Opera
At-home audiences can enjoy a free performance of the Metropolitan Opera’s "Live In HD" series each night at 7:30 p.m. EST. Each performance is available until 6:30 p.m. EST the following day and includes complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers. According to the Met, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have tuned in since its launch. This week, the featured composer is Richard Wagner. “While Wagner’s operas often depict destruction and strife, they also offer hope for redemption and rebirth—a message that resonates now more than ever,” the MET posted in a Facebook announcement.
Club Quarantine with D-Nice
If you were on social media in the past week, chances are you heard about D-Nice’s dance party on Instagram live. The nine-hour virtual DJ session was a joyous occasion and testimony to the power of music. Oprah, Michelle Obama, Lenny Kravitz, Rihanna, and Pink were just a few celebrities that popped in the room to groove from home. Nicknamed “Club Quarantine,” the virtual party had an audience of about 200 on March 18. By Saturday, there were more than 100,000 people who joined the Instagram party with D-Nice, whose impressive music catalogue kept the party going for nine hours straight. Michelle Obama will join today’s session (March 25) on D-Nice’s Instagram at 6:30 p.m. EST here. Join the celebration and feel the power of Bob Marley’s famous words: “One thing about music, when it hits, you feel no pain.”
Get a front row seat to some of Broadway’s biggest hits from the comfort of your own couch. Streaming service BroadwayHD is offering a free seven-day trial for theater fans with access to more than 300 productions, including hits like "Cats," "The Sound of Music," "42nd Street," and "Bye Bye Birdie." The site celebrated Women’s History Month with the works of female theater-makers and performances including an all-female Shakespeare Trilogy, along with "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill," "A Night with Janis Joplin," "Driving Ms. Daisy," and more. Theater legends Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber will receive a special birthday tribute playlist of some of their best productions, including "Phantom Of The Opera" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
Billboard Live At-Home Series
Though many concert and music festivals have been postponed or canceled, Billboard is bringing together some of the greatest artists from around the world to perform concerts for their "Live At-Home" series. The virtual experience began on their Facebook page last week, with performances from JoJo, Josh Groban, and Russell Dickerson. Each artist selected a nonprofit partner to support during their livestream. This week, artists set to perform include X Ambassadors, Benny Benassi, Richard Marx, Hunter Hayes, Skip Marley, Lukas Graham and All Time Low, with more announcements to come.
Arts & Music Wednesdays With Viking.TV
Viking Cruises recently launched a new platform, Viking.TV, that offers new original content every day while sailings are suspended (through June 30). Every Wednesday viewers can enjoy a live concert from musicians, composers, and conductors from around the world. Schedules are posted each week are and the streams start at 2 p.m. EST, but if you miss that time slot there's no need to worry. Performances are uploaded to the Arts & Music Wednesdays webpage around 24 hours after the stream ends. Viking.TV hosts a different themed live video each day including curator lectures, museum tours, and a chance to explore Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey) with Lady Carnarvon.
Actors Fund Stars in the House
Join some of the biggest names on Broadway as they get together for the Actors Fund Stars in the House show. Created by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, the daily series offers mini concerts and virtual interviews at 2 p.m. EST and 8 p.m. EST. Guests have included composer Marc Shaiman ("Hairspray," "Sleepless in Seattle") and Broadway stars Kelli O’Hara, Kristin Chenoweth, and Audra MacDonald. Viewers can support unemployed theater workers by donating to the Actors Fund here.
Social Distancing Festival
The Social Distancing Festival was created to showcase rehearsal and raw footage of projects have been postponed or canceled. You can use the calendar to check out daily livestreams that are happening all over the world. Some performances that have been featured include the Dutch National Opera’s performance of "Ritratto" and South African group uKhoiKhoi’s live looping of musical performance art.
Royal Opera House
London’s Royal Opera House is live streaming free online shows and masterclasses from some of the world’s most talented dancers and opera singers via Facebook and YouTube. Online performances available to view will include productions such as "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and Verdi’s "La Traviata."
Live from Studio G
Country music legend Garth Brooks will stream “Live from Studio G” (aka. his home) every Monday at 7 p.m. EST. Brooks’ live performance with wife Trisha Yearwood was so popular with its 3.4 million viewers that it crashed Facebook Live.
The legendary German orchestra has dropped its subscription fee and is offering free online access to its video streaming service, Digital Concert Hall. Viewers can enjoy archival performances while the Philharmonie is closed. The Digital Concert Hall offers 600-plus concerts spanning more than 10 seasons.