Met Opera to live-stream series from picturesque US, European venues

Photo: Gregor Hohenberg Jonas Kaufmann

Opera stars like Anna Netrebko, Diana Damrau and Jonas Kaufmann are to give live-streamed concerts from locations across Europe and the US in the coming months, in a series announced by New York's Metropolitan Opera on Saturday.

The director of the Met, Peter Gelb, told a press conference the opera company had decided to try something new and noted the choice of picturesque locations.

"Cameras will aim to capture both the artists' performances and the architectural detail of the venues, "the Met said in a statement.

German tenor Jonas Kaufmann will start the series with a live concert from Polling Monastery in Bavaria on 18 July, performing some of opera's greatest hits including Nessun dorma from Puccini's Turandot and popular arias from Tosca and Carmen.

Russian-Austrian opera diva Anna Netrebko will then perform at Vienna's Palais Liechtenstein on 10 October, and two weeks later soprano Diana Damrau and her colleague Joseph Calleja will sing in Malta. 

Meanwhile, 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.

Performances will also be beamed to viewers from locations including Washington, New York and Berlin.

The weekend series of 12 live concerts will take place without an audience, but will be broadcast live online. Tickets cost only $20.

The Met, which has been closed since mid-March, recently announced that it will not open again before 31 December. According to estimates, the Met will lose millions in revenue.

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