Free Streaming Opportunities

The Wagner Society of Washington DC Program on Wagner: A Voyage Of Self-Discovery Through Beethoven

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, pianist and Wagner expert Jeffrey Swann will present an online program on Wagner: A Voyage of Self-Discovery through Beethoven. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Prior registration is required. Please go to the website for further information:

Virtual Bayreuth Festival

The management of the Bayreuth Festival, in collaboration with BR (Bayerischer Rundfunk), 3sat TV, and the ARD Radio Festival, will present a virtual festival on radio and television from July 25 through August 7, 2020. Wagner opera fans will have the opportunity to watch and listen to the Ring by Harry Kupfer, the centennial Ring by Patrice Chereau (performed in 1976 and filmed in 1980), and the most recent Ring by Frank Castorf (performed in 2013 and filmed in 2015). Other special broadcasts include Andre Cluyten’s Lohengrin (1958) and Herbert von Karajan’s Tristan und Isolde.

In addition, on July 25, the traditional opening day of the Festival, there will be a live concert with the Festival’s music director Christian Thielemann and members of the Festival Orchestra.  Camilla Nylund and Klaus Florian Vogt will sing excerpts from Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.  The program also includes Siegfried’s Idyll and Wesendonck Lieder. Proceeds from the concert will finance an emergency aid fund for artists of the Bayreuth Festival and will be broadcast live on BR-Klassik at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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Streaming of the Wagner Society of New York Seminar (WSNY) Recent Seminars on Der Fliegende Hollãnder

Parts 1 & 2 of Der fliegende Holländer Seminar/Webinar (from the evenings of June 29 and July 1) are now available on WSNY’s YouTube channel. Access them directly by clicking on the following links: for Session 1, and for Session 2. We encourage you to subscribe to the channel.

Metropolitan Opera

The Met continues its free daily streaming of past productions starring many of opera’s greatest singers. Each opera that the Met streams daily is available for 23 hours, beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The Met website contains background information on each opera. Here in North Carolina, Piedmont Opera’s Facebook page features James Allbritten and Steve LaCosse discussing each opera. The discussions begin at noon and remain posted. For additional information click on

To access the Met streams, click on the following link: The Met streams are also available through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV. To access them without logging in, click “Browse and Preview” in the apps for connected TV, and “Explore the App” on tablets and mobile devices.

  • Monday, August 3: Mozart’s Die Zauberflote
  • Tuesday, August 4: Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann
  • Wednesday, August 5: Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra
  • Thursday, August 6: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
  • Friday, August 7: Wagner’s Parsifal
  • Saturday, August 8: Handel’s Agrippina
  • Sunday, August 9: Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Other Opera Streaming Options

Bayerischer Staatsoper TV:

Berlin Staatsoper:

DeutscheOperPerformance Index:

La Fenice on YouTube:


Opern Haus:

Royal Opera House:

Wiener Staatsoper:

Resources For Streaming Opera and Classical Music in the US and Europe

Opera America offers a listing of opera companies in the US and Europe that offer streaming.

A comprehensive resource for live streaming of opera and other classical music is

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