The best classical music and opera online streams available
7 July 2020, 09:02 | Updated: 9 July 2020, 09:41
An updating list of all the major classical concerts and events being streamed online as a result of the impact of coronavirus measures continuing around the world.
Measures taken worldwide to curb the spread of coronavirus have seen numerous classical concerts and events postponed and cancelled, and concert halls around the world closed for indefinite periods, since March.
Countries have banned gatherings of specified numbers of people and tightened their borders, and several have been in lockdown in various guises for weeks – and things are only just starting to slowly open up.
The UK government have daily updates for over three months containing their approach to the coronavirus crisis and recommendations for what the population can do to stay safe. And as many of us are continuing to stay at home to work, self-isolate and look after the family, many major classical concerts and events are still being held without audiences and streamed live for us to see – for free in many cases – and to bring comfort, solidarity and some beautiful relief in trying times.
Upcoming classical concerts and opera being live-streamed
7 – 11 July: Music for Youth celebrates its 50th birthday with its virtual ELEVATE festival. Expect showcases of the musical endeavours of young artists and celebrations of the innovative creative work of musicians from around the country, streamed online.
10 July, 19:00 BST: Legendary film composer and conductor John Williams, and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, join the Vienna Philharmonic – something Williams has described as “one of the greatest honours of my life” – to perform his own music, including with arrangements for solo violin, performed by Mutter.
12 July, 19:30 BST: Pianist and Young Steinway Artist Hao Zi Yoh appears at the digital 2020 edition of Henley Festival – alongside the likes of satirist Rory Bremner, soul singer Beverley Knight and 2002 Pop Idol winner Will Young. Hao Zi Yoh’s concert will stream live and feature works by Chopin and Rachmaninov.
13 July – 17 August: Trinity Laben pianists present Bach’s complete 48 Preludes – playing together, virtually, with whatever instruments and recording equipment they happened had to hand in lockdown. Separated by geography, but united as a community in music, this Well-Tempered Lockdown – released every Monday on Trinity’s YouTube Channel – is well worth a watch.
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15 July, 19:30 BST: London Philharmonic Orchestra performs its inaugural ‘Summer Sessions’ online concert. Performed at the orchestra’s rehearsal venue, Henry Wood Hall in south London, the concert features the string section performing works by Corelli, Elgar and Grieg.
19 July, 10:30 PDT: Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 6: Sing Gently premieres on YouTube. Despite featuring a whopping 17,500 singers from 129 countries, Virtual Choir 6 aims to feel like a community – highlighting diversity, accessibility and inclusivity.
22 July, 19:00 BST: London Mozart Players and Classic FM present the third and final concert in the ‘LMP Live!’ series, which Premieres on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. Violinist Jennifer Pike joins the orchestra for Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
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24 July, 19:00 BST: In June 2017, Ludovico Einaudi performed a stunning mid-summer concert at June 2017 at the Waldbühne in Berlin, and Deutsche Grammophon gives you a chance to relive it through its ‘DG Stage’ series of online concerts.
25 July, 14:00 BST: The Royal Albert Hall presents a piano instalment of their ‘Classical for Kids’ series of educational online concerts given from musicians at home. Today’s ‘Piano Party’ will feature engaging new music by Colin Riley, Adrian Sutton, John Psathas and Julian Jacobson, and provides a family-friendly introduction to the piano perfect for big kids alike and little beginners alike. Performed by Dawn Hardwick.
25 July (5 Weeks): ‘DG Stage’ streams the 2020 Bayreuth Festival – in virtual form – over five-week period.
29 July, 19:30 BST: London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) presents its second ‘Summer Sessions’ online concert – this time featuring the woodwind section. The LPO musicians take on Rossini’s Sonata for Wind Quartet No.1 and Mozart’s Serenade in E flat, and music by Janáček.
30 July, 19:00 BST: Soprano Anna Netrebko stars in Puccini’s Tosca, at the Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples for the Teatro San Carlo. Brought to you by the ’DG Stage’ online series of premium online concerts.
12 August, 19:30 BST: It’s the turn of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) brass and percussion players in the orchestra’s latest ‘Summer Sessions’ instalment. Expect brass works from former LPO musicians, alongside Leonard Salzedo’s Concert for Percussion.
26 August, 19:30 BST: The final concert in the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s online ‘Summer Sessions’ series is a Beethoven celebration – it is 2020, Beethoven’s 250th birthday after all. The programme features chamber works from the great Romantic composer, including the Quintet for piano and wind instruments in E flat major, and the Trio for piano, flute and bassoon in G major. This final concert features four musicians from the Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme, which offers the opportunity for aspiring orchestral musicians to develop their talent and core professional skills with the orchestra.
Past classical concerts that were streamed online
1 April, 13:05 BST: Pianist Howard Shelley unpacks Franz Xaver Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 2 – from his own home.
2 April, 19:00 CET: Pianist Igor Levit’s latest ‘House Concert’ performed at German Federal President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s residence, the Palace Bellevue in Berlin.
2 April, 19:30 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs Brahms’ Symphony No.5.
3 April, 17:30 ET: Joshua Bell performs chamber music as part of Lincoln Center at Home.
4 April, 14:00 BST: Barbara Hannigan and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra perform Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto with violinist Veronika Eberle.
4 April, 17:00 BST: Composer and harpist Phamie Gow presents a “Moment of Time” home concert with live Q&A.
4 April, 20:20 ET: New online concert and streaming service, Our Concerts Live, presents a ‘Virtual Benefit Concert’ featuring violinist Rachel Barton Pine, pianist Emmanuel Ax and others – with donations per ticket starting from $5 and “viewers welcome to contribute what they feel comfortable with”.
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5 April, 16:00 BST: Violinist Isabelle Faust performs Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D minor and Sonata No. 3 in C major from Leipzig's empty St. Thomas Church.
5 April, 19:00 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs Verdi’s Requiem.
6 April, 19:30 BST: Leon McCawley (piano) performs Schubert, Schumann, Grieg and Janáček at the Wigmore Hall in London.
7 April, 17:00 BST: Violinist Esther Abrami performs a living room recital live on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.
8 April, 16:00 BST: Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben.
9 April, 19:30 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs ballet music by Stravinsky, including from The Firebird and The Rite of Spring.
10 April, 16:35 BST: Royal Choral Society performs Handel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from Messiah from their homes as part of Royal Albert Hall’s ‘Royal Albert Home’ series.
10 April, 19:00 BST: The Philharmonia Orchestra presents an archive performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 on this, their 75th anniversary year.
10 April, 19:30 BST: The Sixteen performs MacMillan’s Stabat mater from the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City to mark Good Friday.
11 April, 14:30 ET: Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP) presents a Livestream Masterclass featuring the Jasper String Quartet.
11 April, 19:00 BST: Accordionist Mingyuan Ruan performs at London Mozart Players’ latest 'Saturday Session' – with works by Scarlatti and Albeniz on the bill.
12 April, 18:00 BST: Andrea Bocelli performs ‘Music for Hope’ online concert from Milan’s Duomo cathedral.
12 April, 19:00 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with soloist Seong-Jin Cho.
10–12 April: Monteverdi Choir presents Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (17:00, Good Friday), Bach’s Easter cantata, ‘Christ lag in Todes Banden’ (11:00 Easter Sunday), and their 2019 album, Love is Come Again: Music from the Springhead Easter Play (11:00 Easter Monday) for Easter Weekend.
14 April, 19:00 BST: Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violist Ann Beilby and pianist George Fu perform chamber works to raise money for the Tait Emergency Relief Fund for Australian & New Zealand Artists.
14 April, 17:30 ET: Lincoln Center Chamber Society presents an evening of Beethoven chamber music.
15 April, 17:30: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs live on Facebook as part of Decca Classic’s #houseofmusic series.
16 April, 19:30 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler’s Symphony No.2.
17 April, 17:30: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs live on Facebook as part of Decca Classic’s #houseofmusic series.
17 April, 19:00 BST: Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra presents Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo.
19 April, 19:00 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs works by Bernstein, Stravinsky and more.
21 April, 17:30 ET: Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center 30 Anniversary Gala, featuring works by Bach, Brahms, Mozart and Copland among other greats.
23 April, 18:30 BST: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra inaugurates its new ‘Up-close – at a distance’ series – filmed at the Grieghallen with social-distancing measures in place – with works by Tchaikovsky and Dvořák.
23 April, 19:30 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs Tippett’s The Rose Lake.
24 April, 10:00 BST: Joanna Lumley joins the London Mozart Players for a special narration of Sain-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, complete with beautiful illustrations by Cat Fuller. Watch via YouTube or Facebook.
24 April, 19:00 BST: Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra presents Monteverdi’s Baroque opera, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria.
25 April, 17:00 BST: The Czech Philharmonic and principal guest conductor Jakub Hrůša present a performance filmed from the stage of the Rudolfinum in Prague – featuring works by Bach, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn and more.
25 April, 13:00 EDT / 18:00 BST: The world’s best opera singers, including Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann, Jamie Barton, Joseph Calleja, Lawrence Brownlee, Diana Damrau, Bryn Terfel and many more, perform from their homes for the Met Opera’s At-Home Gala.
26 April, 10:00 BST: Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra presents their ‘Bach Cantata of the Week’ – and this week it’s BWV ‘Ich bin ein guter Hirt’, composed for the second Sunday after Easter.
26 April, 19:00 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs Stravinksy’s Rite of Spring.
27 April, 13:00 ET / 18:00 BST: Cellist Hauser performs a “concert without an audience” at Croatia’s iconic Arena Pula.
28 April, 17:30 ET: Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center presents its 1997 ‘A Celebration of Johannes Brahms with Jessye Norman’ archive concert, also featuring violist Pinchas Zukerman.
30 April, 19:30 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Adams’ Harmonielehre.
1 May, 19:00 BST: Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra presents Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea.
2 May, 10:00 BST: Welsh National Opera launches its weekly family-friendly concerts where members of WNO Orchestra and Chorus will perform pieces, and show us what it’s like behind the scenes in opera, by talking about sets, staging and costume-making.
2 May, 16:30 BST: Pianist Ji Liu performs Philip Glass’s Glassworks, along with works by Einaudi and Michael Nyman – live via Instagram – in the first of his ‘Live For Love’ piano sessions.
3 May, 10:00 BST: Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra performs its Bach Cantata of the Week, and this week it’s BWV 146 ‘Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal’.
3 May, 19:00 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs Mozart Horn Concertos from LSO St Luke’s.
5 May, 15:00 EDT: The Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center presents its 25th Season Opening Gala from 1993, which features Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A and Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1 in B- flat, among other works.
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6 May, 19:00 BST: Classic FM Artist in Residence and Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music, Maxim Vengerov, presents a masterclass on Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with talented RCM violinists and forces of the RCM Symphony Orchestra.
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9 May, 18:00 BST: Classical crossover artist Sarah Brightman presents another opportunity to experience her 1997 Royal Albert Hall concert, which features guest appearances from Andrea Bocelli and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
10 May, 18:00 ET: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs at the second Memorial for Us All concert – part of Lincoln Center At Home’s offering – to remember lives lost in the coronavirus pandemic.
13 May, 09:00 BST: London Mozart Players presents the first episode of a new series, ‘The Grounded Conductor’, featuring conductor Tim Henty exploring the challenges of modern conducting – including conducting an orchestra in the context of jazz and pop, how to design music experiences for families, and how musicians and fellow conductors are adapting to the coronavirus pandemic.
20-24 May, 15:00 BST: The Chineke! Foundation and Sphinx Organisation present the five movements of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Othello Suite over five days online – from Wednesday 20 to Sunday 24 May, at 3pm each day.
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22 May, 19:00 BST: Philharmonia Orchestra performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen in a live-stream originally broadcast in 2017. Musicians who took part in the 2017 performance will also introduce the music, share their insights, and answer your questions in the comments section during and after the stream.
23 May, 19:00 BST: The Czech Philharmonic presents an all-Mozart gala from the stage of the Rudolfinum in Prague, conducted by Tomáš Netopil and featuring members of the orchestra and soloists Kateřina Kněžíková (soprano), Simona Šaturová (soprano), Adam Plachetka (bass- baritone) and Jan Martiník (bass). Proceeds from the concert will go to the People in Need Foundation (Člověk v tísni) for those experiencing hardship caused by coronavirus.
24 May, 13:30 BST: The Taiwan Philharmonic performs works by Dvořák, Tchaikovsky and Tyzen Hsiao to a distanced audience of 500 people at Taiwan’s National Theatre and Concert Hall.
30 May, 19:00 BST: Baritone Roderick Williams performs a Saturday night concert live on Facebook as part of the London Mozart Players’ At Home with LMP series – with music by Butterworth and Vaughan Williams on the programme.
31 May, 19:30 BST: 1,100 sopranos, 1,400 altos, 500 tenors and 800 basses from all over the world come together in one unmissable performance of Handel’s complete Messiah – possibly the first ever version of the piece recorded in its entirety by thousands of singers in self-isolation. Welcome to the Self Isolation Choir!
3 June, 19:30 BST: Opera Holland Park streams its acclaimed 2019 production of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera via YouTube and on its website, to mark what would have been the opening of the opera’s 2020 Season and raise a toast to better times and a return to Holland Park.
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10 June, 19:00 BST: London’s Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) marks its 50th anniversary with an online gala concert featuring former students and tutors – including cellist Vashti Hunter, violinist Christopher Warren-Green and pianist John Lenehan. The streamed concert also heralds the launch of CYM’s £1 million appeal to enable 1000 musically talented young Londoners to have a high-class music education that would not otherwise be possible.
29 May - 11 June, 19:00 BST: The Royal Opera House presents The Cellist – a lyrical memoir of the life of cellist Jacqueline du Pré – in a free online broadcast, as part of the #OurHouseToYourHouse series.
12 June, 12:30 BST: Taiwan Philharmonic performs Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7 for a socially-distanced audience – available to watch the concert for up to 48 hours after the concert.
13 June, 19:30 BST: Royal Opera House (ROH) presents the first of its ‘Live From Covent Garden Series’ – ballet and opera curated by artistic directors of ROH and performed live with no audience – marking the first live performances at the venue since it closed due to COVID-19 on 17 March.
15 June, 19:00 BST: London Mozart Players partners with Classic FM for the first concert in the ‘LMP Live!’ series, which features socially-distanced concerts in unusual venues to mark the UK coming out of lockdown. The first instalment features works by Mozart, Elgar, Tchaikovsky and others, and will be Premiered on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.
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17 June, 18:00 BST: City Music Foundation, who offer great support and opportunities to young professional musicians, are guiding us all out of lockdown with live-streamed music from London’s historic St Pancras Station – in their ‘Clock Tower Sessions’. Tonight features mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean, guitarist Andrey Lebedev, and accordionist Bartosz Glowacki.
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19 June, 12:00 EST: Lang Lang International Music Foundation hosts a virtual concert featuring a performance from pianist Amir Siraj, followed by a Q&A with Amir hosted by violinist, Esther Abrami.
21 June, 13:30 BST: Soprano Sumi Jo teams up with I Musici ensemble to perform a live online concert of works by Mozart and Vivaldi – including Mozart’s variations on ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’.
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21 June, 21:30 BST: Pianist Chad Lawson releases the next instalment of his weekly Sunday evening ‘Evening Calm’ online performances. The beautiful, meditative calming moments will help you relax into your evening and transition to calming sleep.
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24 June, 18:00 BST: City Music Foundation presents their latest ‘Clock Tower Session’ – featuring pianist Mihai Ritivoiu performing music by Debussy, Schumann and Scarlatti.
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24 June, 19:00 BST: Czech Philharmonic performs Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture and Scherzo, Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat major and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 live in the grounds of the neo-gothic Sychrov Castle, just outside Prague.
25 June: 19:00 BST: For opera buffs out there, Opera Rara is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special talk and live Q&A with artistic dramaturge Roger Parker and musicologist Ditlev Rindom – introduced by artistic director Carlo Rizzi.
Until 1 July: Guildhall School of Music & Drama streams an opera double-bill online – Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Respighi’s La bella dormente nel bosco. The cast, chorus and orchestra – which features 100 artists across 14 countries and four continents – have performed their parts from home, under the virtual direction from Olivia Fuchs and Victoria Newlyn, and conducted by Dominic Wheeler.
4 June - 4 July: Grange Park Opera hosts its 2020 ‘Found Season’ – “Having, sadly, lost the 2020 Season we’ve created a Found Season...” – featuring 15 exciting performances free to view online over six weeks. Artists on the bill include Sir Bryn Terfel, Sir Simon Keenlyside, and Joseph Calleja, with Joanna Lumley doing the honour of virtually cutting the ribbon for opening night!
26 June, 17:00 BST: Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra streams the latest instalment of its Beethoven Symphonies Series, with tonight’s featuring John Eliot Gardiner reflecting on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 from his home in Dorset – accompanied by excerpts from the orchestra’s 2011 live recording of the piece at Carnegie Hall.
28 June, 10:00 BST: The Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra’s streamed ‘Bach Cantata of the Week’ is BWV 135 ‘Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder’ (‘O Lord, do not punish a poor sinner’) – composed by Bach in 1724 for the third Sunday after Trinity.
28 June, 14:00 BST: Pianist Alice Sara Ott performs ‘Nightfall’, a programme of works by Chopin, Debussy and Satie – in the first instalment of Deutsche Grammophon’s new ‘DG Stage: The Classical Concert Hall’ series of premium online concerts.
28 June, 19:00 BST: Academy of St Martin in the Fields presents the first of its monthly archive concerts streamed online. Today’s instalment is the 60th Anniversary Gala which took place at Queen Elizabeth Hall on 12 November 2019 and began the orchestra’s celebration of their diamond birthday. It is the first time the concert is available in full to watch.
28 June, 19:00 BST: The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra presents a virtual concert – hosted by wonderful actor Dame Helen Mirren – with world-class soloists, including violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili. The concert aims to raise money for the orchestra as it recovers from the devastating financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic and resulting concert hall closures.
3 July, 19:00 BST: As part of DG’s ‘DG Stage’ online series, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson teams up with Christoph Eschenbach and the Berlin Concert Orchestra for Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major, and solo works by Mozart, Debussy and Rameau.
4 July, 19:00 BST: London Mozart Players partners with Classic FM to host second concert in the ‘LMP Live!’ series, which features socially-distanced concerts in different venues to mark the UK coming out of lockdown. Violinist Tasmin Little performs The Lark Ascending at St Giles Cripplegate Church in London with the orchestra.
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4 July, 19:30 BST: Violinist Nicola Benedetti performs from home for Royal Albert Hall’s special ‘Royal Albert Home’ series, as the venue remains shut to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
5 July, 19:00 BST: Calling all Shostakovich fans! Pianist Daniil Trifonov – and guests artists – explore works by the Russian great, including the Piano Sonata No. 1 and nine world premieres.