COVID-19 and social distancing have kept most people at home, and for opera-lovers, that means no more visits to the theater. What is one to do? With online performances, courses and activities, MOT’s got your opera needs covered until we meet again!
Stream full-length Met operas online
The Metropolitan Opera is offering free, live-stream presentations of its operas every evening during the coronavirus closure. The performances, “Nightly Opera Streams,” are encore presentations of its award-winning Live in HD series. The streams begin at 7:30 p.m. every evening and remain available on their homepage for 20 hours. See current schedule and watch here.
Learn about opera through Opera America’s #MeetOpera Campaign
At the beginning of the year, Opera America launched its year-long #MeetOpera campaign in honor of its 50th anniversary. The digital campaign partners with member companies throughout the United States to showcase and introduce the variety and vitality of opera via social media. Search the #MeetOpera hashtag across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and see the different aspects of opera happening all over the country!
Take a college course about opera
If you’ve ever wanted to study opera, now is your chance. Through edX, Ivy League schools have made hundreds of courses available for free online, including several about opera. Check out some options below!
- Dartmouth: Introduction to Italian Opera
- Dartmouth: Introduction to German Opera
- Harvard: First Nights - Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Birth of Opera
- Harvard: 18th-Century Opera: Handel & Mozart
- Harvard: 19th-Century Opera: Meyerbeer, Wagner, & Verdi
Embrace your inner diva or divo and take the figurative stage for yourself! Existing singers can use the time to perfect technique and learn new music. Beginners can search through numerous online classes that provide training and exercises. If you’re self-conscious and live alone, this is the perfect time to begin your journey to stardom, or at least improve your karaoke game!
Follow Michigan Opera Theatre
While Michigan Opera Theatre has cancelled its 2020 spring season, we are working on ways to continue to share music and knowledge with our community. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see what we’re up to, and sign up for our monthly newsletter, Bravissimo. You can also check our website periodically to see what we have planned. Stay tuned!