Watch Metropolitan Opera streams for free.
The world famous Metropolitan Opera in New York is offering a series of free opera streams of past performances beginning with Bizet’s Carmen. This performance is conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and starring Elīna Garanča and Robert Alagna.
Watch Metropolitan Opera streams for free
Due to unprecedented demand and web traffic, we recommend you access the stream through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV. Performances start streaming at 7:30PM EDT and will remain available until 3:30 p.m. EDT the following day. I was able to watch it on my laptop.
No English translation Supertitles now available! Update 3/20/20
I sent the Met an email about the lack of supertitles a few days ago and they responded “The unexpected enormous amount of customers accessing our website created technical issues and therefore we were unable to provide super titles. This has been fixed and will no longer be an issue for you. When you watch the live stream, please click on the small box at the bottom right that is labeled “CC”. This will provide captions for you.”
If you’re new to opera and not sure you’re going to like it you have nothing to lose because it’s free. You’ll recognize some of the music from TV and movies. I always recommend reading the story of the opera before you go. That way you’ll know what’s going on while you read the supertitles (that’s the English translation projected over the stage) and watch the action. This website has the book Standard Stories from the Operas. Search for “Carmen” and click on the link. Since Carmen was written in 1873-75 it’s still current! And now the Met also has a synopsis for each opera.
The main problem with this stream is that there are no supertitles or close captioning or whatever you might call it! That makes it incredibly hard to follow unless, in the case of Carmen, you speak fluent French. Oh well the music and singing is still lovely.
I’ve emailed the Met to find out why no translation. Enjoy!
Schedule All operas start streaming at 7:30PM EDT and stream through 3:30PM EDT the following day
Find the story of the opera here. Standard Stories from the Operas. Search for “Name of opera” and click on the link. And now the Met also has a synopsis for each opera.
Each stream becomes available at 7:30 p.m. EDT and remains accessible for on-demand viewing until 6:30 p.m. the following day.
Monday, April 27
Donizetti’s Anna Bolena
Starring Anna Netrebko, Ekaterina Gubanova, Stephen Costello, and Ildar Abdrazakov, conducted by Marco Armiliato. From October 15, 2011.
Tuesday, April 28
Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda
Starring Elza van den Heever, Joyce DiDonato, and Matthew Polenzani, conducted by Maurizio Benini. From January 19, 2013.
Wednesday, April 29
Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux
Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Elīna Garanča, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecien, conducted by Maurizio Benini. From April 16, 2016.
Thursday, April 30
Nico Muhly’s Marnie
Starring Isabel Leonard, Iestyn Davies, and Christopher Maltman, conducted by Roberto Spano. From November 10, 2018.
Friday, May 1
Viewers’ Choice: Verdi’s Aida
Starring Leontyne Price, Fiorenza Cossotto, James McCracken, and Simon Estes, conducted by James Levine. Transmitted live on January 3, 1985.
Saturday, May 2
Verdi’s Luisa Miller
Starring Sonya Yoncheva, Piotr Beczała, and Plácido Domingo, conducted by Bertrand de Billy. From April 14, 2018.
Sunday, May 3
Borodin’s Prince Igor
Starring Oksana Dyka, Anita Rachvelishvili, and Ildar Abdrazakov, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. From March 1, 2014.