Watch Metropolitan Opera’s Live Stream Gala

The Metropolitan Opera will live stream an At-Home Gala, featuring many of the world’s best-known singers, on Saturday 25 April.

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Soprano Renée Fleming. Photo: Decca Classics

The Metropolitan Opera will present an unprecedented virtual At-Home Gala featuring many of the world’s best-known singers performing via Skype from their homes around the world. The event will be live streamed free on the Metropolitan Opera’s website on Saturday 25 April at 1pm EDT (6pm BST, 7pm CET) and will last for four hours. The At-Home Gala will be available for on demand viewing on the Metropolitan Opera’s website until 6.30pm EDT (1.30am BST) the following day.

The Gala will feature over 40 opera stars

The Gala will feature over 40 opera stars, from over 15 countries, including Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko, Bryn Terfel, Joseph Calleja, Roberto Alagna, Jamie Barton and Elīna Garanča.

General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will host the event from their homes in New York City and Montreal, respectively. Nézet-Séguin will also perform in the gala as a pianist and will be featured as a conductor in pre-recorded performances by the Met Orchestra and Chorus.

“While the Met is famous for its high-definition transmissions into cinemas, this will be a great artistic but low-tech operation,” said Peter Gelb during an interview for The Guardian. “We will be providing operatic uplift to our audiences, as well as for our singers, who are eager to connect with their fans.”

The At-Home Gala is part of the Metropolitan Opera’s urgent ‘The Voice Must Be Heard’ fundraising campaign to support the company and protect its future. The coronavirus pandemic has had overwhelming economic implications for the opera house. If you would like to help please click here to donate to their urgent fundraising campaign.

Nightly Met Opera Streams

During this extraordinary and difficult time the opera house has made a different production available to watch for free every day on its website. The Met’s free Nightly Opera Streams schedule includes outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.

Watch the Metropolitan Opera’s At-Home Gala live stream on Saturday 25 April at 1pm EDT (6pm BST, 7pm CET) at metopera.org

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22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. BEVERLY BROWN

    April 25, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    how do i access the Gala?bbcareers@yahoo.cxom

  2. william eves

    April 25, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    What a sham- no free streaming. Just a solicitation. after many years donating, I am FINISHED

    • Stuart Campbell

      April 26, 2020 at 4:55 am

      On the west coast, I donated then tried to access and have received the message 4 times now:
      Could not download the video
      Error Code:PLAYER_ERROR_TIMEOUT

      I DONT KNOW WHETHER THIS IS A BANDWIDTH PROBLEM OR TOO MANY PEOPLE TRYING TO ACCESS

      UNFORTUNATE,!!

  3. Hinda Wolf

    April 25, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    AfulAA

  4. Pamela Hawkins

    April 25, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    How the hell am I able to hear the singers,,,,,,I give a donation and I have order my tickets for next year. And I am pissed

  5. Doris Silberman

    April 25, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    I donated Where is the info to HEAR or SEE anything?

  6. Carole Forbes

    April 25, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this beautiful program of music. Tears came from my eyes throughout. I miss sharing the seasons operas through the simulcasts. At 85 years old it is a wonderful way to hear these marvelous performances since I can no longer get to the Met Opera House.

    • pamela cowley

      April 26, 2020 at 12:14 am

      Carole, I’m so glad you were able to enjoy the Gala. I listened in the eastern US and there were many sound problems—all the discussion between performances was garbled and some performances were broken into by other bits of music. The video stalled a few times. I wondered if your sound was okay or if it was my internet service (which hasn’t been a problem before today.) Also I don’t know if you already know about the channel Metropolitan Opera OnDemand. It’s expensive, $14.99 a month—I’m just doing a free trial. I’m a senior and not technologically savvy but was able to install it quite easily. You need a device like ROKU or AppleTV attached to your TV. I have a ROKU which I bought at Target and installed by myself on my TV without too much trouble. The Roku device is around $30, and you get many free channels and add-on pay channels. I APOLOGIZE if you know all this already! Anyway, there are a ton of operas on Metropolitan Opera OnDemand that go back to the 1960s. And you can select your favorite tracks from any opera without watching the whole production.

  7. MRS. B

    April 25, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Spectacular! Wonderful that these extraordinary artists invited us into their homes and then serenaded the world! This ‘gala’ provided the world with the opportunity to interact these regular people, regular that is, until their opened their mouths to sing. Perhaps today’s performances will light a spark, a flame so that young people will follow their dream to sing on opera stages! Mr. Gelb and family, BRAVO! BRAVO

    • James Halstead

      April 27, 2020 at 1:41 am

      I could not agree more!!

  8. Helga Kramer

    April 25, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Bravo to the met for this extraordinary gala! And bravi to all the singers, conductor, accompanists, orchestra members, chorus, Mr. Gelb and everyone else who put this incredible show together! We the audience can’t wait to have you all soon back at the ‘House’! In the meantime please all stay healthy and safe!

  9. Pamela C.

    April 25, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Well, the Gala just finished, and there were some simply horrible sound problems with voices speaking over each other, and some of the individual performances were marred by other voices breaking in. The individual performances were great. Loved the chorus from “Nabucco” for example, where the screen included every singer and musician performing individually from their own homes. ALSO, I’m paying 14.99 a month (but not for long) to get the Met Opera OnDemand channel on my TV—and I could NOT watch it on that channel. I had to listen through my ten-year-old laptop. What the heck? There were some lovely performances today and it was fun to see the artists in their homes, but the garbled sound between performers was awful and the live streaming had some stalls and catch-up issues as well. Unless it’s my internet service, which has never been a problem before. I hope everyone enjoyed it and perhaps this gala could be cleaned up and preserved to listen to again.

  10. Bettina

    April 25, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    I just finished watching this AMAZING FOUR HOURS OF PURE MAGNIFICENCE. There were beautiful and clear voices, perfect transmission and a totally smooth four hour concert, perhaps the most beautiful I’ve ever seen and heard and will be sending my donation.

    For those who seemed to have technical difficulties, it was NOT stemming from the Met but likely something at the recipients end. I am hopelessly non-technical and am old, and it couldn’t have been smoother. I was listening on a laptop.

    I hope these less-than-pleased folks accept that the production was perfect and magnificent. And that a performance of this caliber had been put together under very difficult circumstances and in such a brief time, by opera stars from throughout the world.

    No one prompted me to say this, but after reading such harsh and inappropriate commentary, I am asking the rest of the fortunate audience to donate what you can and help to keep The Met going. Thank you, Met, for four hours that I’ll never forget.

    • P. Cowley

      April 26, 2020 at 12:28 am

      Bettina—I agree that the talent and the performances I could hear clearly were remarkable. I was able to tune in without any problem, but there were many sound glitches and conversations that were garbled together and not synching properly— after what you said I now believe it must have been my internet. I’m in the eastern US and Verizon is the most popular (well, either 1 or 2.) I’m very surprised that my internet was at fault considering what I pay for it! Glad you had a seamless, wonderful experience. I’m hoping the gala will show up on TV and perhaps I can hear it perfectly!! PS I’m hopelessly non-technical and old too. I hope this gala attracted some young viewers, who become fans (as I did back in the late 60s.)

    • Pat

      April 26, 2020 at 11:04 pm

      It was fabulous — called my non-tech sister and walked her through process to get it on her regular computer through met opera.com and she too had no problems — without any special add-one. I listened to entire program a second time today. Hope all listeners are generous donors for this wonderful presentation!

  11. Barbara Notestein

    April 25, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Why the links for the live streams to hard to find. I can’t find links on the regular met website.

  12. Lynn Gilbert

    April 25, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    I agree. It took 10 minutes to find the link. I have commented before to the Met, and unfortunately nothing has been done. If great programs, like this gala are offered to the public, so that we can support the Met, then something should be done technically to make it available.
    This has happened every time I try to get the streaming Met.

    Met: Please provide a link that is easy to find….and open.

  13. Harvey

    April 26, 2020 at 8:45 am

    Reception in UK was fine on iPad but was unable to see on TV using Apple TV, could not find the link.
    Very enjoyable
    Thank you

  14. Margaret Potts

    April 26, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Thank you to you all for a glorious time listening and watching. Sure some minor glitches, no doubt due to internet problems, but just an uplifting time with the music and performers. Have been listening in Australia. Again, thank you, thank you.

  15. Sydney Roberts Rockefeller

    April 26, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    I feel much better after reading the glitches other people have experienced. I hope we will be able to see it someday!

  16. William A. Johnson

    April 27, 2020 at 3:49 am

    Would so love to see this but linked in too late. Will there be a replay? We subscribe to met on demand or would be happy to pay!

  17. Hugh Van Dusen

    April 27, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    We watched all four hours off this extraordinary program. I was in tears at least half the time, seeing these terrific singers and instrumentalists and chorus members in their homes, singing and playing for us. It was a great die, wonderfully carried out. You
    felt the loyalty to the Met on the part of all concerned.

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