Google just made it possible for you to score a seat at The Metropolitan Opera without shelling out hundreds of dollars.
You can even step on the stage.
Oh and you can do it from the comfort of your own living room.
Today the Google Cultural Institute announced a new partnership with 60 performing arts institutes around the world to bring 360-degree view live performances to online audiences.
Think of it as Street View but instead of a suburban ranch house or office complex you get dynamic performances from the American Ballet Theatre or Carnegie Hall or the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Just as you might poke around neighborhood corners on Street View with Google’s technology you can creep up behind a violinist – hover above Henry V during a monologue – even zoom in to explore every brushstroke on the theater ceiling.
The new collection is an extension of the Cultural Institute’s previous work in the visual arts – which started in 2011 as a way for Google to showcase select works of art online.
Since then it’s grown to include street art and so-called ‘world wonders’ like Pompeii.
The Institute now has 41 million users worldwide who spend an average of 3.46 minutes on the site.