In the last 10 years or so, countless theories have surfaced to describe what ails classical music’s concert halls. Is it the stuffy architecture; the ban on beverages; the hushers and passive-aggressive insiders; or the (crumbling) bans on social media use that turn off many potential visitors, especially those who are young and non-white? The novel coronavirus is giving us a chance to test the widely held idea that if classical music was freed from the obnoxious rituals, it would find a wider audience. Some are skeptical: Last year, the artist manager Jasper Parrott told VAN, “Finding performances online is a very impoverished view of the inspirational value of making live art. Art should be live….the essence of the whole experience, the core value of creative activity, is a live experience.” The next weeks of quarantine will give us a better idea of the truth of that statement, and its corollaries for music making during a pandemic, then our ongoing climate catastrophe. In the meantime, here is a preliminary list of notable performances that can be heard (and seen) online, building on several other helpful guides. We’ll keep adding to this list, and we invite institutions and fans to send us new links as they come in.

Daily Live-Streams

16:15 PM CETLaeiszhalle Live

7:00 CET Stage@Seven with musicians from Frankfurt Radio Symphonyand Frankfurt Radio Bigband.

7:00 PM CETIgor Levit’s Daily Twitter Concert

7:45 PM CETBudapest Festival Orchestra

Wednesday, April 8 • 7:00 PM

Martin Scales and Paul Höchstädter perform songs by the Beatles, Gene de Paul/Don Raye, and Bob Marley.

Monday, April 13 • 8:15 PM CET

Photo © Wilfried Hösl
Photo © Wilfried Hösl

Monday concert at the Bavarian State Opera, with lieder, solo instrumentalists, chamber music and dance performances.

Sunday, April 19 • 8:00 PM CET

Photo © Marco Borggreve
Photo © Marco Borggreve

Markus Stenz, Alexander Gavrylyuk, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

A list of venues offering free access to their video on demand archives:

Berlin Philharmonic

Metropolitan Opera

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Mariinsky Theater

Bavarian State Opera

Vienna State Opera

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Wigmore Hall

Opéra de Paris

Bamberg Symphony

Finnish National Opera


Staatsoper Stuttgart

Gstaad Festival

Wigmore Hall

SWR Web Concerts

Deutsche Oper Berlin

Festival Aix-en-Provonce

Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Opera Roma

Deutsche Oper Berlin

Staatsoper unter den Linden

Lucerne Festival

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Künstlersekretariat am Gasteig