Across the country and around the world, places are closing down as we tighten up for the coronavirus. We realize that it is for the better as it can help stop the spread of the disease, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t want to get out and enjoy life. Fortunately, there are options available that allow you to enjoy life from the comfort and safety of home.
This is especially important, now that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced on March 15 a recommendation of limiting gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. Suddenly, the little luxuries that we enjoyed in life seem so far away, such as enjoying a night out at the theater.
Thanks to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, we may just have a night out waiting for us. Their doors may be closed but they are sharing performances for free in HD via their live feed. Every night at 7:30 PM until the Met Opera is open again, a production will be streamed for your viewing pleasure on MetOpera.org.
“The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers,” according to a statement on the opera’s website.
Carmen, composed originally by Georges Bizet in 1875, and Puccini’s “La Bohème” have already been streamed.
The demand for those performances has been high enough that the Met Opera is recommending access through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, Roku devices, and Samsung Smart TV, rather than viewing on the website.
“We are thrilled that so many are turning to opera at this difficult time, and we apologize that the unprecedented traffic slowed the process down,” the opera wrote on Instagram.
If it is impossible to make the 7:30 PM EST show, you can still stream it until 3:30 PM the following day.
“During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark,” said MetOpera.org.
I’m sure that what they are doing is going to make self-isolation a little more tolerable.