The Metropolitan Opera will launch Met Stars Live in Concert this summer, presenting a series of pay-per-view streams featuring opera stars – including Joyce DiDonato – in unique locations across Europe and the United States. Askonas Holt and Centre Stage Artist Management collaborate with The Met as co-producers of a selection of events.
Joyce DiDonato performs live from Barcelona on 12 September. Jonas Kaufmann kicks off the series with a concert at the Polling Monastery Library, celebrated for its grand Baroque art and architecture, in the Bavarian countryside. Also featured in the series is Roberto Alagna, Piotr Beczała, Angel Blue, Joseph Calleja, Javier Camarena, Diana Damrau, Lise Davidsen, Renée Fleming, Aleksandra Kurzak, Anna Netrebko, Sondra Radvanovsky, Bryn Terfel, Pretty Yende, and Sonya Yoncheva.
The striking locations of these recitals include Èze, France, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, a castle in Oslo, palaces in Vienna and Malta, a historic mansion in Washington, D.C., and churches in Barcelona and Wales. Audiences will explore the venues as cameras capture not only the artists’ performances but details of these unusual locations. Christine Goerke will host the events live in New York City.
“Askonas Holt is delighted to be partnering with The Metropolitan Opera for The Met Stars Live in Concert series,” says AH Chief Executive Donagh Collins. “As co-producers for some of these events, we deepen our long-standing relationship with this great institution. We are honoured to represent the Met’s Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, to arrange for many opera stars to sing each season at The Met, and to arrange international tours for The Metropolitan Orchestra.”
Peter Gelb, General Manager of The Met, says “this new initiative is intended to create live performance opportunities for our artists and our audiences at a time when they both sorely need it. Although some concert activity is beginning to take place once again in some parts of the world, this is a chance for opera fans to experience their favorite stars in real time, since it’s going to be a long time before artists and their audiences are fully mobile again.”
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