This year, most of us will have no ability to attend performances that have been beloved lifelong holiday traditions. While watching online is an option, it's clearly not the same but yet we still want to try to create some holiday magic.
When streaming a special work, I urge you to still try to make an occasion out of it. We have the benefit of being cozy and comfortable at home. Make or get something special to eat. Have something warm or sparking to drink. Set some mood lighting with candles or Christmas tree lights. Maybe invite family members or friends to share in watching the same production virtually.
IMPORTANT: I urge you to check in with your local ballet, opera and music organizations. Many are offering paid streaming on their own websites. By paying to stream you are supporting these arts organizations in difficult times and you will have the joy of NO AD INTERRUPTIONS which can be annoying with free options!
Nowhere local? Search for paid streams the world over: there are a wealth of choices.
Handel's Messiah: Click to see free Messiah performances from my friend Flamand at Opera on Video
- Messiah as Ballet - San Juan
- Messiah 2019 – Cambridge
- Messiah 1985 - featuring Samuel Ramey and Marilyn Horne
- Messiah Salzburg 2020 – Staged performance – very unusual - Arranged by Mozart and directed by Rolando Villazon. *Click here for background info on this very unusual work.
For More visit https://www.operaonvideo.com/ and search “Messiah”
The Nutcracker Ballet: Choices from YouTube
- New York City Ballet– 1993 – Filmed version.
- Russian State Ballet and Opera House
- Bolshoi Ballet 1989
- The National Ballet of China *Fascinating version set at Chinese New Year instead of Christmas
Holiday Classical Concerts
- Andre Rieu - The Christmas I Love
- Renne Fleming and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
- The Three Tenors - Christmas in Vienna
Click here to visit Opera on Video to see many choices of operas to watch that are associated with the holidays. Search by title and look for the ones marked “Full operas”. Flamand Oliver is one man curating this vast selection so I encourage you to support him!
- La Boheme with it’s magical Christmas Eve love scene and festive Act 2 set in the joyful streets of Paris
- The Magic Flute – always popular this time of year for it’s family friendly vibe
- Hansel and Gretel – a “Children’s opera” but the music says so much more
- Werther- Maybe not so uplifting but it begins with children learning a Christmas Carol and ends on Christmas Eve
Best wishes for creating magical holiday moments in the most different and challenging of seasons.