New York’s Met Opera to host virtual concerts


(*)(**)Several of opera’s biggest stars beamed in from around the world 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 $(***************).(******)
(**)The series kicks off on July (*****************) 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 series is the opera’s latest effort to stay on the public radar and garner some revenue at a time when live performances remain suspended.(******)
(**)The Met last month cancelled its fall (*************) season. The current plan is to launch the season on December (**************), but that also depends on public health conditions.(******)
(**)Like their audiences, singers said they have been grappling with how daily life has been upended by COVID-(****************).(******)
(**)Instead of jetting around the world to perform, singers have been home-schooling kids, baking bread and making home repairs.(******)
(**)Joyce DiDonato, an American mezzo soprano, said she went back and forth between relief at having “time to breathe” and grief at the loss of her old life.(******)
(**)She expects her September recital in Spain to reflect this tension, but hasn’t completely figured it out yet, calling the program “work in progress.”(******)