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The Metropolitan Opera will be streaming performances for free due to COVID-19

Here’s how to watch

Tenor Roberto Alagna as Don Jose and Soprano Elina Garanca as Carmen star in director Richard Eyre’s new production of George Bizet’s Carmen during the final dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Monday, Dec. 28, 2019.
Tenor Roberto Alagna as Don Jose and Soprano Elina Garanca as Carmen star in director Richard Eyre’s new production of George Bizet’s Carmen during the final dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Monday, Dec. 28, 2019.
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On March 13, the Metropolitan Opera announced it would be streaming encore presentations from its “Live in HD” performance recordings for free for the entirety of their closure due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The announcement came one day after the Metropolitan Opera cancelled all upcoming performances and rehearsals, and put artists and employees under quarantine, Billboard reports.

“We’d like to provide some grand opera solace to opera lovers in these extraordinarily difficult times,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb in a video announcement. “Every night, we’ll be offering a different complete operatic gem from our collection of HD presentations from the past 14 years.”

All of the nightly Met Opera streams will be released on metopera.org and on the Met Opera on Demand app, Forbes reports.

Each new performance will be available starting at 7:30 p.m. ET each night and will be available until 3:30 p.m. ET the next day.

Below is Playbill’s full schedule of this week’s Met Opera streams, which begin tonight.

Monday, March 16: Bizet’s Carmen

  • Starring Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. (Originally broadcast on January 16, 2010).

Tuesday, March 17: Puccini’s La Bohème

  • Starring Angela Gheorghiu and Ramón Vargas, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. (Originally broadcast on April 5, 2008).

Wednesday, March 18: Verdi’s Il Trovatore

  • Starring Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Marco Armiliato. (Originally broadcast on October 3, 2015).

Thursday, March 19: Verdi’s La Traviata

  • Starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. (Originally broadcast on December 15, 2018).

Friday, March 20: Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment

  • Starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez, Conducted by Marco Armiliato. (Originally broadcast on April 26, 2008).

Saturday, March 21: Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

  • Starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała, and Mariusz Kwiecien, conducted by Marco Armiliato. (Originally broadcast on February 7, 2009).

Sunday, March 22: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

  • Starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Valery Gergiev. (Originally broadcast on February 24, 2007).