Just like many countries across the globe, France has declared a confined quarantine period in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). With most cultural institutions closing their doors, the Paris Opera has followed suit, but their shows will go on…virtually.
Up until May, the Paris Opera is offering to the public free access to select performances, including its most breathtaking ballets and operas such as The Tales of Hoffmann, Carmen, and Tchaikovsky’s six symphonies.
The shows are available for streaming on the Paris Opera’s official website. Here’s the official schedule of the performances you can catch:
Tribute to Jerome Robbins (2018)
The Tales of Hoffmann (2016)
April 27-May 3
March 17-May 3
Cycle of Tchaikovsky’s six symphonies played by the Orchestra of the Paris National Opera, conducted by Philippe Jordan
You may also explore the historic Palais Garnier on a free virtual tour offered by the Paris Opera.
Made possible with the help of Google Arts & Culture, the tour allows you to view various exhibits, behind-the-scenes images of performances staged in the renowned opera house, as well as sneak a peek into the beautiful Opéra National De Paris through street views as though you’re actually paying it a visit.
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