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Three Divas
with Vincenzo Scalera, piano
with Julien Quentin, Piano
Live Performance:
May 23 at 1:00 am (HKT)

Three dynamic divas unite at one of Europe’s cultural landmarks. Sopranos Ailyn Pérez and Nadine Sierra join forces with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, as well as pianist Vlad Iftinca, for a program of favorite arias and scenes, transmitted live from the Royal Opera of Versailles in France.

This event is presented in association with the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles, whose glorious 250-year-old theater, inaugurated for Marie Antoinette’s royal wedding, will be the venue for the performance. The complete program will be announced shortly.


About MET Stars Live in Concert Series
In the new initiative of "The MET Stars Live in Concert" series, opera’s greatest stars perform in a groundbreaking new series of pay-per-view concerts 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 will allow audiences to experience extraordinary solo and duo performances by top singers streamed live online.

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Met Stars Live in Concert - Renee Fleming / Jonas Kaufmann
The best two for one musical deal!

Two of operas greatest artists star in back-to-back recitals from the Metropolitan Opera’s Met Stars Live in Concert series. Beloved American diva Renée Fleming performs an intimate concert from the historic Dumbarton Oaks estate in Washington, D.C., recorded live in August 2020 and superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann gives a thrilling recital of popular arias from the Polling Abbey in Bavaria, recorded live in July 2020.

The programme will be two hours without intermission.


Lucia di Lammermoor
“Natalie Dessay was the production’s first Lucia when the production was new in 2007 and she returns to reclaim it.” – Classical Review. If you want to see superb acting and superb singing this is the definitive Lucia. Sadly now retired from the operatic stage,  Natalie Dessay reminds us here of why she was a true star.


The Merry Widow
In an art nouveau setting, Lehar’s enchanting operetta brings colour, zest and the cancan to our screens. Renee Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale with a fortune. Broadway favourite Kelly O’Hara sparkles as Valencienne (remember her in Cosi?). The sets are a joy to behold, especially the amazing transition to the legendary Maxim’s where everything is on offer and nothing seems forbidden.


Roberto Devereux
This is a triumph for Sondra Radvanosky, the last of the three Tudor Queens she played in one season. Queen Elizabeth is forced to sign the death warrant of the man she loves, Roberto Devereux, sung by Matthew Polenzani.The production is by the brilliant Sir David McVicar. “Searing, a triumph,” cry the critics. And so it is. “The applause and bravos for the soprano Sondra Radvanovsky were so frenzied at the end of Donizetti’s “Roberto Devereux” at the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday night that she looked overwhelmed, almost a little frightened. The audience members knew, it seemed, that they had just witnessed an emotionally vulnerable and vocally daring performance, a milestone in the career of an essential artist.” - NYTimes


La Cenerentola
The darling Joyce DiDonato and rock star handsome Juan Diego Florez are alone the reason to watch this fairytale but Rossini’s beautiful music will enchant you. The production is whimsical, the action physically comic and the performances truly stellar. No fairy Godmother but a philosophic godfather instead reminds us that this is not a traditional Cinderella.


Werther
Here’s the story of a poet whose death launched clusters of copycats in the 18th Century. Unrequited love and a longing for what can never be leads Jonas Kaufmann as Werther to his poignant end. Richard Eyre’s sets are wonderful and the final hovering claustrophobic study becomes the place for Werther’s surprisingly graphic suicide. Sophie Koch is a matchless Charlotte, the object of Werther’s obsession. One reviewer pointed out that in a more modern era this would be termed a stalker’s opera.


Faust
Would you sell your soul to the devil for an extra 24 years of life?Perhaps if the extra years could be spent listening to Jonas Kaufmann! Des McAnuff’s thrilling 2011 production places the mythical and timeless story in an early 20th-century setting. René Pape as Méphistophélès is menacing and elegant in equal measure, and Marina Poplavskaya delivers a searingly intense portrayal of the innocent Marguerite. Russell Braun as her brother, Valentin, shines in his Act II aria. On the podium, Yannick Nézet-Séguin brings out all the lyricism and drama of Gounod’s score.


Der Rosenkavalier
A production of gilt and red damask, hauntingly beautiful music and a fitting farewell to Renee Fleming’s portrayal of this role. Renee Fleming is the Marschallin and Elina Garanca the young Octavian with whom she is having an affair. “Wearing a fur coat, her hair all golden locks, Ms. Fleming’s Marschallin looks glamorous, yet clearly wounded. She sings the arching melodic line that begins Strauss’s transcendent trio with seamless phrasing and ethereal sound, her more mature voice blending poignantly with the youthful colorings of Ms. Morley and Ms. Garanca.” - NYTimes


Manon
Here’s the story of a woman who simply wants everything, love and money - the original Material Girl, Manon has been sent away to join a convent, her family having seen the beginnings of her wayward nature. She escapes this fate and allows her sensual nature full rein, only to die impoverished and disgraced.


Akhnaten
Here’s a masterpiece, hypnotic and ritualistic. It will be like nothing you have ever seen before. The star counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is the legendary Pharaoh who transformed Ancient Egypt. Phelim McDermott’s goal is to create a theatrical experience that is beyond words, plot and conventional storytelling. Operawire calls it: “The Best Met Production of the Year.


The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess
Director James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row, a setting vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. It’s a tapestry of sound and movement with George Gershwin’s lush score underpinning the lyrics of his brother, Ira Gershwin and the libretto of DuBose Heyward. The ensemble work has an energy rarely seen in the musical theatre. Quite amazing!


Agrippina
Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome receives its first Met performances, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate. Prepared to be shocked! What a great family this is! Mum, married to her uncle (yes) whom she will eventually poison with mushrooms, working hard to promote her own crazy son to the throne after which he will have her clubbed to death. Fortunately Handel ends his opera at a point where the ascension is guaranteed. 

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Met Stars Live in Concert Series

From 18 July onwards, The Met will launch unique Pay-Per-View Series featuring some of opera’s biggest stars singing mainstream operatic repertoire in striking locations across Europe and the U.S.

In this new initiative "Met Stars Live in Concert Series", opera’s greatest stars perform in a groundbreaking new series of pay-per-view concerts 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 will allow 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.

“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,” said Peter Gelb, The MET's General Manager. “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.” Gelb also noted that the performances are being set in picturesque locations, without audiences present in the venue. “We think it will be more satisfying for the performers, as well as the thousands who will be watching at home, not to experience these performances through the eyes of a socially distanced audience.”

The cameras will be free to fully explore the interiors of the venues, capturing the artists’ performances as well as the architectural details of their unusual locations. Entrances and exits will be dispensed with, and in order to give the singers breaks from their strenuous groups of arias, the camera will cut back to New York and to Ms. Goerke, who will introduce brief documentary segments that will fill these pauses.

Tickets for each recital are $20 USD and can be purchased on the Met’s website at metopera.org, and the performances will be available for on-demand viewing for 12 days following the live event.


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Q: Where can I purchase the tickets?

A: You can purchase your tickets online on the MET official website. Tickets for each recital are $20 USD.

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Excerpt Preview: In questa reggia (Maria Guleghina)


Met Stars Live in Concert Schedule

Each performance will be available for on-demand viewing for 12 days following the live event. The programs can be viewed on your computer, mobile device, or home entertainment system (via Chromecast or AirPlay).


Past Events
Jonas Kaufmann in Polling, Bavaria

Live Performance (HKT) : July 19 2020, 1:00 am

The first concert stars tenor Jonas Kaufmann, who will sing a program of classic arias live from the ornate Polling Abbey located in the Bavarian countryside outside Munich, Germany. The grand Baroque interior of the historic venue, built in the 1770s with soaring vaulted ceilings and breathtaking frescoes, will serve as a setting for a performance featuring some of the repertory’s most spectacular showcases for the tenor voice. Selections will include “Nessun dorma” from Turandot, “E lucevan le stelle” from Tosca, “Ah! lève-toi, soleil” from Roméo et Juliette, “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” from Carmen, “È la solita storia” from L’Arlesiana, and “Un dì all’azzurro spazio” from Andrea Chenier, among others. Helmut Deutsch will accompany on piano. 


Renee Fleming in Washington, D.C.

Live Performance (HKT) : August 2 2020, 1:00 am

The great American diva performs live in an intimate and iconic American venue: the music room of Dumbarton Oaks. The historic estate in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., has hosted many noteworthy musical events over the years—including world premieres of compositions by Stravinsky and Copland, and this landmark recital adds another meaningful chapter to that legacy. The program shows off Fleming’s wide repertoire, from favorite arias by Puccini and Massenet to lesser-known selections by Handel and Korngold, as well as a new work by John Corigliano and even the beloved “Over the Rainbow.”

Kristine Opolais is the young woman whose conflicting desires for love and luxury lead to her tragic end, and Roberto Alagna plays the man who falls for her in Puccini’s early hit. Richard Eyre’s elegant production, which sets the action in 1940s occupied France, was one of the highlights of the Met’s 2015–16 season. Massimo Cavalletti as Manon’s brother and Brindley Sherratt as her aging admirer co-star, and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.



Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak in Èze, France

Live Performance (HKT) : August 17 2020, 1:30 am

The dynamic husband-and-wife duo of tenor Roberto Alagna and soprano Aleksandra Kurzak share both the beauty of opera and the natural splendor of the French Riviera, giving a concert of arias and duets from the terrace of the Château de la Chèvre d’Or, perched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean. From the rhapsodic love duet from Madama Butterfly to the hilarious hijinks of “Caro elisir” from L’Elisir d’Amore to surprising selections such as the classic Mexican earworm “Cielito lindo,” the program promises to be an unforgettable and joyful encapsulation of these two irresistible artists.

Kristine Opolais is the young woman whose conflicting desires for love and luxury lead to her tragic end, and Roberto Alagna plays the man who falls for her in Puccini’s early hit. Richard Eyre’s elegant production, which sets the action in 1940s occupied France, was one of the highlights of the Met’s 2015–16 season. Massimo Cavalletti as Manon’s brother and Brindley Sherratt as her aging admirer co-star, and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.


Lise Davidsen in Oslo

Live Performance (HKT) : August 30 2020, 1:00 am

After causing a sensation with her triumphant Met debut as Lisa in The Queen of Spades last season, soprano Lise Davidsen offers a program of the soaring music for dramatic soprano that has rocketed her to stardom around the world: selections from Wagner’s Tannhäser, Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, as well as Scandinavian songs by Sibelius and Grieg. Davidsen first came to fame in 2015 when she won several competitions, including the Queen Sonja Competition in her native Norway. For this momentous occasion, Davidsen returns to the scene of her victory, performing in Oslo’s picturesque Oscarshall, where that competition is held.

Kristine Opolais is the young woman whose conflicting desires for love and luxury lead to her tragic end, and Roberto Alagna plays the man who falls for her in Puccini’s early hit. Richard Eyre’s elegant production, which sets the action in 1940s occupied France, was one of the highlights of the Met’s 2015–16 season. Massimo Cavalletti as Manon’s brother and Brindley Sherratt as her aging admirer co-star, and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.


Joyce DiDonato in Barcelona

Live Performance (HKT) : September 13 2020, 1:30 am

American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, one of opera’s most luminous stars, has given innumerable outstanding performances over the course of her Met career, most recently starring in the title role of Handel’s Agrippina this season. Her inimitable artistry will be on display in this program of alluring and acrobatic arias and songs, live from the unique Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, a former German power plant transformed into an innovative artistic space. DiDonato will be accompanied by Carrie-Ann Matheson on piano and the chamber ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro.

Kristine Opolais is the young woman whose conflicting desires for love and luxury lead to her tragic end, and Roberto Alagna plays the man who falls for her in Puccini’s early hit. Richard Eyre’s elegant production, which sets the action in 1940s occupied France, was one of the highlights of the Met’s 2015–16 season. Massimo Cavalletti as Manon’s brother and Brindley Sherratt as her aging admirer co-star, and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.


Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja in Caserta, Italy

Live Performance (HKT) : October 25 2020, 1:00 am

With Vincenzo Scalera, piano

This outstanding soprano-tenor pairing, accompanied by pianist Vincenzo Scalera, presents a program of popular arias and duets, broadcast live from Caserta, Italy. Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja, both longtime Met audience favorites known for holding nothing back onstage, are sure to pull out all the stops for this performance.

Kristine Opolais is the young woman whose conflicting desires for love and luxury lead to her tragic end, and Roberto Alagna plays the man who falls for her in Puccini’s early hit. Richard Eyre’s elegant production, which sets the action in 1940s occupied France, was one of the highlights of the Met’s 2015–16 season. Massimo Cavalletti as Manon’s brother and Brindley Sherratt as her aging admirer co-star, and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.


Bryn Terfel in Wales

Live Performance (HKT) : December 13 2020, 1:00 am

Legendary bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel performs operatic selections as well as traditional and folk music, live from his native Wales. Though he has a long history of magnificent performances with the company, circumstances have conspired to prevent him from taking the Met stage since 2012, making this an unmissable event.

Kristine Opolais is the young woman whose conflicting desires for love and luxury lead to her tragic end, and Roberto Alagna plays the man who falls for her in Puccini’s early hit. Richard Eyre’s elegant production, which sets the action in 1940s occupied France, was one of the highlights of the Met’s 2015–16 season. Massimo Cavalletti as Manon’s brother and Brindley Sherratt as her aging admirer co-star, and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.


New Year's Eve Gala

Live Performance (HKT) : January 1 2021, 5:00am

The Met rings in the new year with a gala performance featuring a dazzling quartet of Met stars—sopranos Angel Blue and Pretty Yende, and tenors Javier Camarena and Matthew Polenzani—live from the Parktheater im Kurhaus Göggingen, in Augsburg, Germany, a stunning example of neo-Baroque architecture. The program will include arias, duets, and ensembles from Donizetti to Puccini, as well as arrangements of operetta and Neapolitan songs. The ornate Parktheater, a marvel of glass and cast-iron, opened in 1886 and was designed to evoke the English pleasure gardens of the 18th and 19th centuries.

The New Year’s Eve Gala is part of the Met’s fundraising campaign to support the company and protect its future. In addition to the regularly priced concert tickets, Gala Committee packages with enhanced benefits are available at a range of donation levels. Gala donations will be matched, thanks to generous grants from Bank of America and the David A. Straz Jr. Foundation.

Please note that this event replaces the previously announced Met Stars Live in Concert performance by Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena.

Kristine Opolais is the young woman whose conflicting desires for love and luxury lead to her tragic end, and Roberto Alagna plays the man who falls for her in Puccini’s early hit. Richard Eyre’s elegant production, which sets the action in 1940s occupied France, was one of the highlights of the Met’s 2015–16 season. Massimo Cavalletti as Manon’s brother and Brindley Sherratt as her aging admirer co-star, and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.


Piotr Beczala and Sondra Radvanovsky

Live Performance (HKT) : January 24, 2:00am

High notes and high drama will be in abundance when this world-famous soprano-tenor pairing comes together for a thrilling performance broadcast live from Germany’s historic Stadthalle Wuppertal. Sondra Radvanovsky and Piotr Beczała sing arias and duets from some of the many classic operas they’ve performed on the stage of the Met, as well as selections from off the beaten path.

Kristine Opolais is the young woman whose conflicting desires for love and luxury lead to her tragic end, and Roberto Alagna plays the man who falls for her in Puccini’s early hit. Richard Eyre’s elegant production, which sets the action in 1940s occupied France, was one of the highlights of the Met’s 2015–16 season. Massimo Cavalletti as Manon’s brother and Brindley Sherratt as her aging admirer co-star, and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.


Anna Netrebko in Vienna

Live Performance (HKT) : February 7 2021, 2:00am 

No artist has provided more can’t-miss moments in recent Met memory, and megastar soprano Anna Netrebko promises to add another one with this live performance from Vienna’s historic Spanish Riding School, accompanied by pianist Pavel Nebolsin. With a program of captivating Russian songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as selections by Strauss, Debussy, Fauré, and more, audiences will have a rare opportunity to hear one of opera’s greatest artists in rich and Romantic music from the song repertoire. Mezzo-soprano Elena Maximova will also make a special guest appearance, joining Netrebko for two duets.

Kristine Opolais is the young woman whose conflicting desires for love and luxury lead to her tragic end, and Roberto Alagna plays the man who falls for her in Puccini’s early hit. Richard Eyre’s elegant production, which sets the action in 1940s occupied France, was one of the highlights of the Met’s 2015–16 season. Massimo Cavalletti as Manon’s brother and Brindley Sherratt as her aging admirer co-star, and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.


Sonya Yoncheva in Germany

Live Performance (HKT) : February 28, 2:00am 

One of opera’s most compelling and versatile singers showcases her riveting artistry in a concert broadcast live from Berlin. In this performance, audiences can expect the same star power Yoncheva has delivered in recent triumphs on the stage of the Met in ToscaOtelloIolanta, and Luisa Miller.

Kristine Opolais is the young woman whose conflicting desires for love and luxury lead to her tragic end, and Roberto Alagna plays the man who falls for her in Puccini’s early hit. Richard Eyre’s elegant production, which sets the action in 1940s occupied France, was one of the highlights of the Met’s 2015–16 season. Massimo Cavalletti as Manon’s brother and Brindley Sherratt as her aging admirer co-star, and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.


Wagnerians in Concert

Live Performance (HKT) : 9 May 2021, 1:00am

A quartet of opera’s most powerful and dramatic singers comes together for a program of soaring selections by Wagner and Strauss. Transmitted live from the grand Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Germany, this unbeatable summit of leading Wagnerian voices features sopranos Christine Goerke and Elza van den Heever, tenor Andreas Schager, and baritone Michael Volle, with pianist Craig Terry, in excerpts from TannhäuserParsifalDie WalküreDie Frau ohne Schatten, and more, as well as Wagner’s complete Wesendonck Lieder.

Please note that this event replaces Angel Blue’s Met Stars Live in Concert performance, originally scheduled for December 19, 2020, which has been canceled. Tickets already purchased for Angel Blue’s concert will be valid for this new performance.


Three Divas

Live Performance (HKT) : 23 May 2021, 1:00am

Three dynamic divas unite at one of Europe’s cultural landmarks. Sopranos Ailyn Pérez and Nadine Sierra join forces with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard for a program of favorite arias and scenes, transmitted live from the Royal Opera of Versailles in France.

This event is presented in association with the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles, whose glorious 250-year-old theater, inaugurated for Marie Antoinette’s royal wedding, will be the venue for the performance. The complete program will be announced shortly.

Kristine Opolais is the young woman whose conflicting desires for love and luxury lead to her tragic end, and Roberto Alagna plays the man who falls for her in Puccini’s early hit. Richard Eyre’s elegant production, which sets the action in 1940s occupied France, was one of the highlights of the Met’s 2015–16 season. Massimo Cavalletti as Manon’s brother and Brindley Sherratt as her aging admirer co-star, and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

Kristine Opolais is the young woman whose conflicting desires for love and luxury lead to her tragic end, and Roberto Alagna plays the man who falls for her in Puccini’s early hit. Richard Eyre’s elegant production, which sets the action in 1940s occupied France, was one of the highlights of the Met’s 2015–16 season. Massimo Cavalletti as Manon’s brother and Brindley Sherratt as her aging admirer co-star, and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

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Looking Forward to an Operatic Reunion in 2021

Well 2020 was a year like no other wasn’t it? Our wonderful Met in New York is still in limbo but here at FAMA we can definitely tell you that our encores for 2021 will have been chosen partly by you through your comments on the great streaming productions  from the Met. Others are chosen because they are stellar performances by opera superstars. Many of these screenings had to be cancelled so here’s your opportunity to catch up.

We’ll be adding the MET Stars Live in Concert: Renee Fleming and Jonas Kaufmann as a special feature.

Our beloved Bethanie Cowsheds are still closed until further notice but we at FAMA are planning celebrations when we are eventually allowed to gather again for our picnics and camaraderie! It will happen and we’ll meet again there. We have to thank everyone for their loyalty to FAMA and the Met. Music really is a magic bond between people through difficult times. You’ll still be able to see the encore viewings in the commercial cinemas.

Your Final Nightly Met Opera Streams...

It’s Viewers’ Choice this week but sadly it’s also the end of Met Streaming; we’ve had 503 free streams since March 2020! Thank you to Met mega fan, Janet Spence for giving me the numbers. Even with repeats this means a huge variety of operas for us to enjoy. 

Look out for an exciting announcement coming from the Met!

Click here for July 20- July 26 schedule