You know what they say: life’s a cabaret. We figure there’s no better way to prepare for life than to watch as much dramatic performance as possible. Best news? You can see some of the world’s best performances from the comfort of your couch. Sing along to a Broadway musical, settle in with a symphony, or dance up a storm in your living room with a top DJ. The performance world is “virtually” your oyster. 

1. Belt along to the best of Broadway

New York city Broadway with traffic and cabs

From “Peter Pan” to “Kinky Boots”, a Broadway show in New York City never fails to disappoint. Right now, you can watch free with a trial subscription, and sing along to your heart’s content.

2. Invite the Phantom into your living room

Man and woman acting on the stage full of candles

The father of modern musicals, Andrew Lloyd Weber, has just launched The Shows Must Go On. His musicals are aired every Friday evening and are available for 48 hours. See them all, from “The Phantom of the Opera” to “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

3. Shake things up with Shakespeare

Theater stage from the front side

Built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s theatre company, The Globe Theatre in London has shown his plays for centuries. Now they’re showcasing 40 of the Bard’s plays for fans. Get lost in the fairytale world of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, or feel Hamlet’s anguish as he walks around Kronborg Castle

4. Tread the boards in London

See much-loved theatre productions of the National Theatre with its streaming option. There’s something for everyone, from “One Man, Two Guvnors” starring funnyman James Corden, to “Jane Eyre”, “Treasure Island”, and Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night”.

5. Take a royal turn

Royal Opera House from inside, curtains on the stage are down

The Royal Opera House in London is showing a range of opera and ballet productions on its YouTube channel. Kids will love “Peter and the Wolf”, while opera fans will adore seeing “Così fan Tutte” on till 26 April.

6. Enjoy a night at the opera

Sit back and gaze in wonder at the incredible performances of The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. A night with The Met boasts highlights such as “Aida” by Verdi and “Don Pasquale” by Donizetti. The costumes and sets are as incredible as the award-winning performances.

7. Go big in Berlin

People watching a concert inside the Philharmonic

See Kirill Petrenko in action as he conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Hundreds of archived concerts are available to watch, too. Additionally, there are educational videos for the kids and documentaries for serious classical music fans.

8. Settle in to the sounds of Seattle

For a limited time, the Seattle Symphony is sharing live concerts and rebroadcasts. The series kicked off with Mahler’s Symphony Number 1, and orchestra members will show their skills in at-home videos of their favorite pieces. Check the schedule for upcoming concerts. 

9. Pay a visit to Vienna’s opera

Person concentrating playing an instrument

Arguably the home of classical music and opera, Vienna brings many musical moments to life. The Vienna State Opera is offering a free trial subscription to see its breathtaking shows. “Fidelio” by Beethoven, “Don Giovanni” by Mozart, and “La Bohème” by Puccini are just some of what’s on offer.

10. Keep your ears to the streets 

Thanks to The Grammy Academy’s music stream, music aficionados can get their fix of the latest and greatest tunes. Listen to daily DJ sets with Sophi Tukker or enjoy Neil Young’s Fireside Sessions. In addition, there is a new daily lineup of various performances and talks to keep you moving.

Bonus #11: Bring the world’s best into your home

The One World: Together At Home event takes place on 18 April. The past weeks have seen some of the world’s top performers streaming music with the #TogetherAtHome hashtag. The unbelievable lineup includes Billie Eilish, Elton John, John Legend, and Lady Gaga. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to sing your heart out.

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