The Metropolitan Opera is presenting a star-studded virtual gala on Saturday, April 25, at 1 PM, featuring more than 40 leading artists performing in a live stream from their homes all around the world via the Met's website at metopera.org. (NOTE: The radio broadcast of Turandot will air at the same time on WXXI Classical 91.5 and stations across the country.) Renée Fleming, Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Roberto Alagna and Bryn Terfel are among 38 opera stars in 13 nations scheduled for the Metropolitan Opera’s At-Home gala.
Hosted by General Manager Peter Gelb in New York City and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Montreal, the program will be streamed for free on the Met’s website. “While the Met is famous for its high-definition transmissions into cinemas, this will be a great artistic but low-tech operation,” said Mr. Gelb, noting that the performances will be relayed in real time from the singers’ laptops and transmitted via Skype in what will nonetheless be a complicated exercise in logistics and time zones."
The gala will start at 1pm EDT, the regularly scheduled time for the Met’s Saturday matinee performances, and will be available via the Met’s website at metopera.org. After the live showing, the program will continue to be available on demand on the Met website until 6:30pm EDT the following day.
This live event will stream exclusively on the Met Opera website at metopera.org. The gala will be available for free on demand viewing on the Met website through Sunday the 26th until 6:30pm EDT.