As many of us across countries, cities, towns, villages are asked to or choose to stay at home, and events get postponed or cancelled, many arts organisations are offering online access to collections of visual art, films, books, and performances. We have prepared a selection of online resources for you to enjoy.

Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb announced on Friday that in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of performances, the Met will offer a nightly series of free encore-presentation web streams that will bring opera to audiences while the house is dark. The new offering will begin on Monday, March 16 with the 2010 HD performance of Bizet’s Carmen, conducted by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and starring Elīna Garanča in the title role and Roberto Alagna as Don José. All “Nightly Met Opera Streams” will begin at 7:30pm and will remain available via the homepage of metopera.org for 20 hours. 

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Wiener Staatsopera offers live-events and contents of the videotheque anywhere via apps for your TV, tablet and mobile devices. Just install the Vienna State Opera Live App and enjoy live opera at home or wherever you are. Free trial for 30 days. On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 18:00 you may watch “Tri Sestri” (2016) conducted by Peter Eötvös.

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Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world.. Now, you get “go to the museum” and never have to leave your couch. Google Arts & Culture’s collection includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, and literally hundreds of more places where you can gain knowledge about art, history, and science. This collection is especially good for students who are looking for ways to stay on top of their studies while schools are closed.

Hermitage Museum vast online collection  and Virtual Tour will keep you busy for a few days. There is also a 5hour long film coming up that takes you through all the exhibition halls of the museum.

We at Russian Art and Culture are committed to supporting arts organisations and artists through this turbulent time. If you have an event or a project that can be accessed online, please send us the details, and we will share it with our audiences.

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