The Met will offer a series of 12 live concerts, online only and pay per view, starting next Saturday.
The series of live concerts opens Saturday, July 18, with Jonas Kaufmann performing from a historic abbey in Polling, Bavaria.
Summer and fall concerts also include Roberto Alagna, Piotr Beczala, Angel Blue, Joseph Calleja, Javier Camarena, Diana Damrau, Lise Davidsen, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Aleksandra Kurzak, Anna Netrebko, Sondra Radvanovsky, Bryn Terfel, Pretty Yende and Sonya Yoncheva.
Tickets for each recital are $20 and can be purchased on the Met’s website at metopera.org, and the performances will be available for on-demand viewing for 12 days following the live event. The programs can be viewed on your computer, mobile device, or home entertainment system (via Chromecast or AirPlay).
July 18 at 1pm ET: Jonas Kaufmann, live from the Polling Abbey in Polling, Bavaria
August 1 at 1pm ET: Renée Fleming, live from the Dumbarton Oaks Museum in Washington, D.C.
August 16 at 1pm ET: Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak, live outdoors from the Château de la Chèvre d’Or in Èze, France (sole Sunday performance)
August 29 at 1pm ET: Lise Davidsen, live from the Oscarshall Palace in Oslo, Norway
September 12 at 1pm ET: Joyce DiDonato, live from the Fundació Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain
September 26 at 1pm ET: Sondra Radvanovsky and Piotr Beczala, live from Barcelona, Spain (location TBD)
October 10 at 1pm ET: Anna Netrebko, live from Liechtenstein Palace in Vienna, Austria
October 24 at 1pm ET: Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja, live from Malta (castle location TBD)
Nov 7 at 1pm ET: Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena, live from Zurich, Switzerland (location TBD)
Nov 21 at 1pm ET: Sonya Yoncheva, live from Berlin, Germany (location TBD)
December 12 at 1pm ET: Bryn Terfel, live from Wales (church location TBD)
December 19 at 1pm ET: Angel Blue live from New York City (location TBD)
Gelb just just complimented Yoncheva for “her tan from the Côte d’Azur.”
Kaufmann is now explaining that he had to change devices to the iPad.
Davidsen is discussing the castle where she will perform her recital in late August. It’s not a large castle. Her program will include Scandinavian songs.
Kurzak says that Alagna has been “making the teacher” for their daughter.
Radvanovsky and Beczala will do a duet recital in Spain. (They are currently on different continents.) She will record a disc of verismo in August. Beczala has just recorded a similar disc.
DiDonato just said “I miss you guys so much!”
All the artists look awake and alert; Yoncheva and Blue both did full makeup and blowouts.
Beczala and Damrau have both recently sung recitals in Zurich.
Yende explains that in South Africa she has had little internet connectivity and even some power outages.
Yoncheva is preparing Elsa for the Berlin Staatsoper. She will sing her Met recital November 21 in Berlin. She will sing music “close to my heart… that inspires the future as well.”
Terfel says he is tired of being a “crybaby.” He discusses the Madrid Traviata and apparently he will sing a socially distanced Sweeney Todd in Zurich. He will sing from several different rooms at the Folk Museum in Cardiff and he promises a Christmas-themed program.
Blue has been living in New Jersey. She talks about the strange contrast between performing death scenes on stage and experiencing death in real life. She stays encouraged by creating her web series Faithful Fridays. Her program will focus on American songs.
And now Gelb is wrapping it up!