Virtual arts — Online stuff for keeping the faith alive

Here’s the good news: While we don’t know yet what’s coming or how the COVID-19 quarantine will affect our future in the arts, there are lots of people out there, including us, building programs and resources to help you get through this. For now, here are a few of the resources we’ve found so far. More are in progress, all over the world.

Big hugs and happy thoughts go out to all of the performers and presenters worldwide who have been shut down for at least part of this year. Let’s show our support by viewing these efforts online, and encouraging our friends and family to do the same!

Clearly, you’re not in the alone — in fact, far from it. Keep in touch, let us know if you find something that we should be featuring, and stay tuned. It may take some time, but we’re retooling the List and working on some new things that will help artists adjust and revamp. Just keep working, any way you can. Keep feeding yourself with creative food, as often as possible. Believe in the future. And don’t forget to reach out.

A list of lists: Gathered resources in various places

Alex Ross: The Rest is Noise offers a selected list, and he’s been updating it regularly:

Bachtrack’s international smorgasbord:

LA Opus‘ guide, including both SoCal and global resources:

An extensive listing of performances, by date, from the Philharmonic Society of Orange County:

As usual, Minnesota Public Radio has their finger on the pulse:

Streamed stuff

Don’t forget to check the websites of your favorite orgs, and share the links of what they have coming up! (You can also list it on the Lauri’s List calendar.)

Concerts and performances

LA Phil offers a variety of online goodies as a regular part of their website:

This amazing list of streaming stage works from WhatsOnStage includes opera, theater and more:

This diverse list of streaming goodies comes from NPR:

Looking for something more on the pop/rock/etc side? This list from Billboard is a good place to start:

An Opera List

Big thanks to David Schnell for compiling much of this list. This is a selected list, of course, displayed in no particular order, and focusing primarily on Southern California artists and organizations:

Pacific Opera Project is streaming Interactive Watch Parties, starting with their ridiculously successful Star Trek take on Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio on April 8. Make sure you’re on their mailing list!

LA Opera At Home: Living Room Recitals:

Paris Opera is offering many streaming opps for free — this article from Vogue Paris sums it up nicely: Also, be sure to check out “Monday Concerts” from the Bayerische Staatsoper, starting next Monday, March 23, live and free of charge. They have also expanded the free offer of video-on-demand of already recorded opera performances from the last 10 years.

The Metropolitan Opera has streaming broadcasts happening just about every evening:

In case you missed this a while back at the REDCAT…Beth Morrison Projects is committed to presenting video performances of past productions directly on its official website: as part of an “Opera of the Week” program. The company announced that it would kick off the streaming service with Dog Days, a post-apocalyptic opera by Royce Vavrek and David T. Little.

Of course, do not forget to check out YouTube! Lots of older recordings, but also some video broadcasts as well.

Training opportunities

Lauri’s List (that’s us!) will be offering a limited number of FREE 30-minute coaching sessions to classical vocal pros and students, to brainstorm about your career and arts business. (You can also book a paid session, of course.)

Great Courses is offering a free trial, and their catalog includes all kinds of things. This is a great time to bone up on literature, history, architecture, accounting, economics (which we all need right now), wine, personal development… you get the idea. After the trial period, their quarterly deal for just $30/month is still an exceptional bargain. Check it out and see what appeals to you:

Skillshare is always a good place to pick up new creative skills, and you can host your own course there, too. They’re offering a deal for new members that can make you more marketable now and in the future, whether it’s creating great content for yourself or someone else. Time to level up!

How about hundreds of courses from Ivy League schools, offered online and ready to expand that brain? This article from PennLive maps it out beautifully. Be sure to check out Coursera‘s options, too!

Museums and other arts

Some of the world’s finest and most famous museums are making online tours, images and other resources available online, as the coronavirus situation has accelerated a trend that has been building for the last couple of years. Be sure to check their usage guidelines before posting any of these fantastic images, as each entity is dealing with copyright and visual releases differently. But you can enjoy plenty, from the comfort of your living room (and your jammies!):

The Getty Center and Getty Villa are closed, but are building an online world for themselves during the coronavirus quarantine. You can view exhibitions, listen to art talks, download podcasts, and more.

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