Streaming the Arts

With limits on in-person performances, streaming allows arts organizations to make their plays, musicals, concerts and operas available to a wide audience

Hannah Nieman, Staff Reporter

Due to the coronavirus, some hobbies have become even harder to engage in. However, many fine arts organizations have used the pandemic as an opportunity to become even more accessible. Below is a list of ways to stream your favorite operas, Broadway plays, musicals, and symphonies–or to find some new favorites:

Sites to watch opera:

Met Opera

On demand subscription with a library of over 600 titles for $14.99/month and 149.99/year

Vienna State Opera

Offers over 40 titles, charging $16 for live and new performances and $6 for archived performances


Represents 30 opera companies across 18 European countries, includes upcoming operas as well all for free


Offers an assortment of free operas, concerts, and dance performances


A French/German cultural channel that streams concerts and opera

Culture Box

Currently broadcasting archived operas and classical events for a limited time


Offers free live streams of opera and Ballet

Provides a great number of concert, opera, and ballet videos, some of which are free, the majority of the content is available for $19.90/month or $189/year

Royal Opera House

Offers free streams of recorded performances every week

Sites for Classical music:

Berlin Philharmonic

Has over 40 live concerts lined up to be streamed

New York Philharmonic

Offers recorded concerts, artist interviews, and an assortment of “behind-the-scenes” features

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Features a large selection of recently-recorded concerts at the concert hall

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Free live concert streaming, but access to the library requires an orchestra donation

Gothenburg Symphony

Streams almost every concert for free with around 7-8 events monthly

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Nine concerts available for viewing so far, and once a month a performance is streamed live.

Carnegie Hall

Will stream performances every Friday through July 11

Sites to watch plays and musicals:




“Hello Dolly!”



“Jersey Boys”

“Oh, Hello on Broadway”

“Springsteen on Broadway”

“Shrek the Musical”

“Sweeney Tood: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

“Mike Birbiglia: The New One”

“American Son”


Amazon Prime


“Fiddler on the Roof”

“Hamilton: One Shot on Broadway”

“Hello, Again”

“King Lear”

“Kiss Me, Kate”

“Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon”

“The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!”



“An American in Paris”

“Kinky Boots”

“Les Misérables 25th Anniversary”

“The King and I”



“Phantom of the Opera”

“Miss Saigon”

“Sunday in the Park with George”