Met Opera Stars Will Perform at Stunning Locations Worldwide Without Audiences

updated Jul 20, 2020
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After pressing pause on their 2020-2021 opera season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, New York’s Metropolitan Opera House has thought of a unique way to bring opera to the masses without putting anyone’s health at risk. Met stars will be performing audience-free recitals via live stream from incredible locations worldwide, and anyone can attend if they have $20 and a good internet connection.

“Opera’s greatest stars perform 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,” the Met’s website reads. The new series of shows is called Met Stars Live in Concert and will let audiences “experience extraordinary solo and duo performances by top singers 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.”

Jonas Kaufmann was the first Met star to go live from the 18th-century library in Bavaria’s Polling Abbey. He performed a collection of tenor arias from Puccini’s Tosca.

Kaufmann’s performance is now available to purchase and view until July 29. Renée Flemming is the next star to grace the stage in the music room at the Dumbarton Oaks estate in Washington D.C. Her performance will go live on August 1.

Met Stars Live in Concert shows are available to view live or on-demand, and once tickets are purchased, links to each of the events will appear in your email inbox. Reminder emails are also sent out three days before each live show, and each performance is available for 12 days after it goes live and can be accessed using the same link sent to your inbox.

Check out the full lineup via the Met Opera’s website and purchase tickets in advance. It may be a while before you can sit in the audience at the Lincoln Center, but this alternative is still an amazing way to support the arts and view some of opera’s greats.