Metropolitan Opera to host virtual concert series
Several of opera’s biggest stars beamed in from around the world on July 11 to announce the Metropolitan Opera’s latest virtual initiative amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The New York opera house, which suspended live performances in March, plans a dozen pay-per-view concerts through mid-December featuring leading singers from around the world. Tickets will cost $20.
The series kicks off on July 18 with German tenor Jonas Kaufmann at the Polling Abbey outside Munich performing some of opera’s greatest hits including “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot” and popular arias from “Tosca” and “Carmen.”
Others performances include American soprano Renee Fleming at the Dumbarton Oaks Museum in Washington in August and Russian soprano Anna Netrebko from the Liechtenstein Palace in Vienna.
Details about later performances are still being worked out. None of the shows will have a live audience, a Met spokeswoman said.
Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel plans a holiday concert from a to-be-determined church in Wales in December.
“Hopefully by then there will be a semblance of an orchestra,” Terfel said on the Zoom press conference.
American soprano Angel Blue will also perform in December at a New York venue yet to be named. Blue said she hopes to include some patriotic numbers that could bring people together in the wake of mass protests for racial justice.
“We are a melting pot,” said Blue, who is African American. Music has the capacity to help people “come together for the good of the community,” she added.
The current plan is to launch the season on Dec. 31, but that also depends on public health conditions.