DURING lockdown, classical music lovers have been lucky enough to enjoy a real feast of top music and opera from around the world free of charge and it’s still going on.
The Metropolitan Opera of New York broadcasts a daily opera from its archives which can be accessed through the MetOpera Facebook page but visit first to see the timings.
The Budapest Festival Orchestra is streaming a selection of classical works by composers such as Bartok at 10am on May 9 through their website.
Another good site to visit is the London Symphony Orchestra which presents two free archive concerts each week, one on Sunday and one on Thursday with the next two being Shostakovich on May 7 at 8.30pm Spanish time and Romeo and Juliet by Berlioz at 8pm on Sunday May 10.
These and future concerts can be viewed on the LSO YouTube channel also free of charge.
Another option is the Our House to your House Friday night performances of opera or ballet from the Royal Opera House in London and although free, viewers are encouraged to make a donation if they enjoyed the presentation.
Their next Facebook premieres will be the opera La Traviata on Friday May 8 at 8pm Spanish time and the ballet Anastasia on May 15.
These are just a few examples of the many classical collectives that are screening top quality performances in order to try to make things just that little bit better.