Joyce DiDonato (Photo: Simon Pauly)
Are you craving an aria from Tosca or a dramatic crescendo from Don Giovanni? While The Metropolitan Opera may have temporarily lowered the curtain on its full-scale productions for 2020, have no fear: opera is still here.
Opera’s greatest stars are performing in a groundbreaking new series of pay-per-view recitals in striking locations around the globe, each live via satellite and shot with multiple cameras. While the Metropolitan Opera House remains dark because of the ongoing health crisis, Met Stars Live in Concert allows audiences to experience extraordinary solo and duo performances by top singers—streamed live online—from such locations as a former abbey in Bavaria, a Norwegian castle, an outdoor terrace on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, a church in Wales, and a historic mansion in Washington, D.C. The series marries the intimacy of the Met’s virtual At-Home Gala with the high production value of the company’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions.
Available Now through October 23
Joyce DiDonato in Bochum, Germany
American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings a program of alluring and acrobatic arias, accompanied by piano and chamber ensemble, in a unique venue—the converted Jahrhunderthalle in Germany’s Ruhr area.
October 21, 1 p.m. ET
Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja in Malta
This outstanding soprano-tenor pairing presents a program of popular arias and duets, broadcast live from a spectacular 16th-century cathedral on the beautiful isle of Malta.
November 7, 1 p.m. ET
Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena in Switzerland
Two of the world’s leading bel canto virtuosos join forces for a program of dazzling showstoppers, live from a historic location in Zurich.
November 21, 1 p.m ET
Sonya Yoncheva in Berlin
One of opera’s most compelling and thrilling stars showcases her riveting artistry in a concert broadcast live from Berlin.
December 12, 1 p.m. ET
Bryn Terfel in Wales
Legendary bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel performs a festive holiday program with friends, live from his native Wales.
Saturday, December 19, 1 p.m. ET
Angel Blue in New York City
The glamorous American soprano, who has taken the Met by storm in recent seasons, gives a live performance that will showcase why she promises to be one of the company’s leading divas for years to come.
February 6, 1 p.m. ET
No artist has provided more can’t-miss moments in recent Met memory, and megastar soprano Anna Netrebko promises to add another with this performance of signature and dramatically charged arias.
Tickets for each concert are $20, and the performances will remain available on demand for 12 days. Each concert will run approximately 75 minutes. Click here for tickets.