Metropolitan Opera Launches Free Student Streams Worldwide

By David Salazar
(Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

To supplement its popular Met Opera Nightly Streams, the Metropolitan opera is launching Free Student Streams, a new program that provides free opera for students and teachers around the world.

Per a press release, the company will draw from its extensive library of operas and materials to provide students a cross-curricular experience that includes live virtual conversations with Met artists and educators.

Each week, the company will offer up resources on its official website starting on Mondays at 10 a.m. The resources will provide background on the opera that will be streamed that Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. EDT and available for another 48 hours thereafter. An hur after each performance stream is available, students around the world will be able to interact directly with a creative member or artist from the opera via a virtual conversation on Zoom.

The series kicks off with “The Magic Flute” and students will be able to talk with tenor Matthew Polenzani and Met Executive Stage Director Paula Suozzi. Other operas that will be available as part of this program will include “Cendrillon,” “Carmen,” “L’Elisir d’Amore,” and “Hansel and Gretel.”

“We’re happy to be providing homebound students the opportunity to be entertained and educated through our performances,” said the Met’s General Manager, Peter Gelb in a press release. “The arts should be an important part of an overall education. We’re here to provide that service.”