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Staying in? Watch These Incredible Live Performances From Your Couch

By Ashlyn Davis

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If you can’t go to the show, the show will come to you with these virtual coronavirus concerts.

The arts have taken a huge hit amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Venues have closed down and concerts have been postponed or canceled altogether. While the whole industry continues to face difficulties during these uncertain times, it has also inspired a wave of innovative and moving responses from artists and venues.

Musicians and performers around the world have taken their shows online, performing audience-free in ornate theatres or in their own homes, to keep the spirit alive. From San Francisco to Berlin, here are some concerts you can stream during the lockdown to keep you sane.

La Fenice Opera House – Archive

Neither flood, fire nor a virus could stop the Venice opera house from bringing their beautiful music to the world. As Italy faces a nation-wide lockdown, the Teatro La Fenice took to the stage in an empty hall and performed the concert for an online audience. You can watch it here or follow more of their new formats under the hashtag #iorestoacasa (“stay home”) on Twitter.

Berliner Philharmoniker

As Germany was hit by the virus many concert halls and venues closed down. The Berliner Philharmoniker responded by playing planned performances online and by giving free access to all their concerts and films for the month of March. You can sign up here to get free access to their Digital Concert Hall.

“Carmen” by Staatsoper Berlin – Archive

Watch this dramatic opera by The Berlin State Opera that was performed and streamed live on March 12.

YUNGBLUD – March 16

The young star has decided his two months of hard work in the studio deserve to be seen and heard by a live audience. In a bid to build a sense of community during these crazy times the artists will host a live show on March 16, 7AM PST on his YouTube channel. It will also feature MGK, Bella Thorne, and Oliver Tree.

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Wiener Staatsoper – Various dates throughout March

The Viena State Opera is offering all of its scheduled shows live online along with free access to archived concerts starting March 15. You can access the shows here.

Igor Levit – Daily house concerts

The award-winning pianist has taken to Twitter to offer you daily house concerts for as long as needed, from wherever he may be. While the sound quality isn’t ideal, the sentiment makes it all worthwhile. Join the virtual audience here.

San Francisco Ballet – TBC

The SF Ballet very recently managed to resolve the cancellation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by recording the performance without an audience and making it available to all ticket holders. As the closures continue to affect the arts in the Bay Area, many are expected to follow suit. Keep an eye on their Instagram over the next week.

Although these formats could never replace the experience of attending a live show, it offers a unique opportunity for audiences to get a taste of these often inaccessible cultural treats. Hopefully, it will also encourage the industry to reconsider old models that create a more stable yet dynamic future for the artists.

Featured Image by Wiener Staatsoper via Instagram

For an extensive list of live concerts online go to this link.

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