Met Opera On Demand: Student Access

Bring the Metropolitan Opera to your library with Met Opera on Demand: Student Access—a rich and vibrant electronic resource tailored to academic users, available to add to your catalog of databases and online collections.

This modified experience of the Met Opera on Demand service offers extraordinary access to unforgettable opera performances, captured live from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and spanning more than 80 years of the company’s unparalleled broadcast history.

For students and faculty, and particularly music departments, Met Opera on Demand is an essential collection of unique quality, artistic and historic significance, and substantial breadth and depth.  An invaluable resource to serious students and lovers of opera, the Met Opera on Demand: Student Access catalog is also wonderfully accessible as an introduction to opera for all members of your academic community.

Key Benefits

The Metropolitan Opera has long been a pioneer in using the latest technologies in media to make its performances available to new audiences around the world. Now our unparalleled archive of top-quality digital performances is ready to be made available to your community of students, faculty, researchers, and staff—offering a wealth of benefits for learning, research, entertainment, and exploration.

Highest-quality video and audio

  • More than 100 different operas
  • English and other language subtitles available for all videos
  • New titles added monthly
  • Unlimited usage and number of users

Created for students and classrooms

  • Additional supporting materials created and curated by the Met
  • No advertising
  • Supporting synopsis for every opera
  • Secure integration with your proxy server

Performances available to your users

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High-Definition Videos Over 100 previously broadcasted In Cinemas productions

Experience the stunning, high-definition presentations from the Met's award-winning Live in HD series of global cinema transmissions. Most Live in HD performances are available on Met Opera on Demand: Student Access within 3-6 months of their live transmission date, and usually include all of the bonus features (interviews, intermission features, and more) as well.

Standard-Definition Videos Over 75 previously broadcasted television performances

Classic telecasts from 1977-2003 originally aired on public television, beginning with the first "Live from the Met" broadcast of Puccini's La Boheme starring Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto, and including other notable broadcasts including Leontyne Price's farewell Met performance in Verdi's Aida from 1985, Jon Vickers as Otello, Joan Sutherland in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, and more.

Historic Radio Broadcasts More than 450 radio broadcasts dating back to 1935

Hundreds of performances from the Met's beloved and long-running series of Saturday matinee radio broadcasts, as well as more recent SiriusXM satellite radio broadcasts, are available too.  Enjoy historic performances by many of operas greatest all-time stars including Bjorling, Callas, Corelli, Horne, Nilsson, Sutherland, Tebaldi, Te Kanawa, Tucker, Vickers, and many more.

Technical Requirements

The following are required for access Met Opera on Demand: Student Access

  • High-speed internet connection (2mbps + recommended)
  • Operating Systems: PC (Windows), Mac (OS)
  • Browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Adobe Flash Player: required; latest version recommended


The Met will work with each institutional license customer to enable access via the institution's proxy service (the Met's preferred setup) or its entire range of IP addresses directly to Met Opera on Demand: Student Access.  The Met will need to know the IP address for the proxy server, or all of the IP address(es) and/or range(s), for initial setup.  Please inform the Met of any additional requirements on your end for integration with your proxy and/or authentication service(s).  If possible, please use the Contact Us form to provide as much information as you can about your proxy setup and/or IP address requirements. 

Classroom License

For any group viewing or other use of Met Opera on Demand: Student Access material and online content beyond what is permissible under "Fair Use Law," as noted in the standard license agreement, a separate public performance license is available.

The public performance license, which covers classroom viewing beyond what is permissible under "Fair Use," is available for download here. Please contact Alexandra Eastman at the Met with any questions or for more information about classroom viewing.