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Bayerische Staatsoper Offering Free Opera Live Streams, Including ‘Semiramide’ Starring Joyce DiDonato on Feb. 26

Want to watch operas in Munich but don’t live anywhere near Germany?

That will no longer be a problem starting this Sunday as the Bayerische Staatsoper has announced that opera lovers will be able to stream performances for free (!) from Munich live and in full online, by clicking on staatsoper.tv.

The productions will utilize four to six cameras with up to 40 microphones in the orchestra pit and on the stage. According to a press release, “the streams will be offered in three different transmission qualities which will adjust automatically to the viewer’s computer power or internet connection.” Viewers will also have access to subtitles in either German or English. The company recommends using the Google Chrome Browser.

The first of the operas to be streamed will be “Semiramide” this Sunday, Feb. 26. The performance, which stars Joyce DiDonato, Alex Esposito, Daniela Barcellona and Lawrence Brownlee, kicks off at 11 AM EST. Michele Mariotti conducts a production by David Alden.

The following live stream event will take place on April 2 when the company previews its 2017-18 season. That event will kick off at 4:30 am EST.

On July 1, viewers around the world can get a look at “The Stigmatized.” The performance kicks off at 1 PM EST and stars Tomasz Konieczny, Christopher Maltman, Alastair Miles, Catherine Naglestad and John Daszak.

Eight days later, the final production in the series, Tannhäuser, will get a live stream. Georg Zeppenfeld, Klaus Florian Vogt, Christian Gerhaher, Anja Harteros and Elena Pankratova comprise the cast with Kirill Petrenko in the pit.

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