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Staying connected with the arts: Arts streaming options for self-isolation

UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

A view of the closed doors of the Vatican Museums at the Vatican on March 8. The Vatican recently announced that in coordination with drastic Italian government measures aimed at containing Italy's virus outbreak, Europe’s worst, it is shutting down its museums, which include access to the Sistine Chapel, until April 3. (Andrew Medichini / AP)
A view of the closed doors of the Vatican Museums at the Vatican on March 8. The Vatican recently announced that in coordination with drastic Italian government measures aimed at containing Italy's virus outbreak, Europe’s worst, it is shutting down its museums, which include access to the Sistine Chapel, until April 3. (Andrew Medichini / AP)

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With Gov. Jay Inslee’s “stay home, stay healthy” order in effect, we’re all gearing up for another weekend at home. Luckily, the streaming options for the arts are only becoming more numerous. If ever there was a time to catch up on a few expertly crafted miniseries like HBO’s “Chernobyl” and all the other TV series your friends have been pestering you about, it is now.

Tonight, the Metropolitan Opera will stream its 2012 production of Richard Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung,” conducted by Fabio Luisi and starring Deborah Voigt, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Waltraud Meier, Jay Hunter Morris, Iain Paterson, Eric Owens and Hans-Peter König. The last opera in Wagner’s “Ring Cycle,” “Götterdämmerung” continues the ring of power’s journey to its final resting place. If you loved J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” but have ever thought that it needed fewer Urukhai, more singing and/or more being “(cast) into the fire,” this is the show for you.

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Following Götterdämmerung, the Met will stream two more Wagner operas: “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” on Saturday and 2015’s “Tannhäuser” on Sunday. If you’re not a Wagner fan, check back next week for works by Giuseppe Verdi, Gioacchino Rossini, Johns Adams and more.

Also, new this week, London’s National Theatre began streaming full-length plays on its YouTube channel. This week’s show, Richard Bean’s “Two Jobs, One Guvnor,” stars James Cordon and will run free online until next Thursday. A new show will be selected to stream each week following. For more information, visit nationaltheatre.org.uk/at-home.

On Sunday night, the Seattle Symphony will continue its Masterworks series with a live-streamed concert of Antonin Dvořák’s eighth symphony at 8 p.m. Sunday. Music director Thomas Dausgaard will conduct. Check the symphony’s YouTube channel to watch on Sunday or set a reminder.

If you’re still feeling cooped up at home, try taking a virtual museum tour. The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, offers “HyperVisions,” an extensive list of virtual exhibits, on its website, including “Non per foco ma per divin’arte,” a collection of works with reference to the work of Dante Alighieri and “On Being Present: Recovering Blackness in the Uffizi Galleries.” For more information about the Uffizi’s online exhibits, visit uffizi.it/en/online-exhibitions. The Vatican Museum and Turin’s Egyptian Museum also offer virtual tours online.

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