The Metropolitan Opera will present an unprecedented virtual At-Home Gala featuring many of the world’s best-known singers performing via Skype from their homes around the world. The event will be live streamed free on the Metropolitan Opera’s website on Saturday 25 April at 1pm EDT (6pm BST, 7pm CET) and will last for four hours. The At-Home Gala will be available for on demand viewing on the Metropolitan Opera’s website until 6.30pm EDT (1.30am BST) the following day.
The Gala will feature over 40 opera stars
The Gala will feature over 40 opera stars, from over 15 countries, including Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko, Bryn Terfel, Joseph Calleja, Roberto Alagna, Jamie Barton and Elīna Garanča.
General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will host the event from their homes in New York City and Montreal, respectively. Nézet-Séguin will also perform in the gala as a pianist and will be featured as a conductor in pre-recorded performances by the Met Orchestra and Chorus.
“While the Met is famous for its high-definition transmissions into cinemas, this will be a great artistic but low-tech operation,” said Peter Gelb during an interview for The Guardian. “We will be providing operatic uplift to our audiences, as well as for our singers, who are eager to connect with their fans.”
The At-Home Gala is part of the Metropolitan Opera’s urgent ‘The Voice Must Be Heard’ fundraising campaign to support the company and protect its future. The coronavirus pandemic has had overwhelming economic implications for the opera house. If you would like to help please click here to donate to their urgent fundraising campaign.
Nightly Met Opera Streams
During this extraordinary and difficult time the opera house has made a different production available to watch for free every day on its website. The Met’s free Nightly Opera Streams schedule includes outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.
Watch the Metropolitan Opera’s At-Home Gala live stream on Saturday 25 April at 1pm EDT (6pm BST, 7pm CET) at metopera.org