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Met Opera Archival encores for the rest of the season - Updated weekly

Mar 20, 2020

Credit https://www.metopera.org/season/2019-20-season/werther/

In light of the circumstances involving the COVID-19 virus and in consultation with the office of the Mayor, the Metropolitan Opera has canceled all remaining performances through May 9th effective immediately, including all Live in HD movie-theater presentations. See below for weekly updated information.

Met General Manager Peter Gelb said, “With health authorities urging social distancing with greater emphasis, it is simply untenable for us to continue to perform, as it puts our artists, staff, and audiences at risk. I would like to express my deep personal regret that the situation has led us to this point.”

While we are cancelling all live performances for the remainder of the season, we will continue to make recorded broadcasts from our archives available to our listening audience via the radio.  All of the currently scheduled operas will be presented with different casts from archived performances.

We will try to update performer information for these encore performances as the MET makes the information available, and the limited staff has time to update this posting.

3/21      Rossini: La Cenerentola

3/28      Massenet: Werther

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Massenet’s gripping romantic tragedy Werther, a performance from 2014 starring Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch.
German tenor Jonas Kaufmann sang the title role of Werther, a young poet tormented by an impossible love. French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch made her company debut in this production as the dutiful Charlotte, who struggles to deny her attraction to Werther. Lisette Oropesa, a leading soprano at the Met this season, appeared here as Charlotte’s younger sister Sophie, and baritone David Bizic was Charlotte’s dependable husband Albert. Alain Altinoglu conducted the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

4/4        Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

4/11      Puccini: Tosca

4/18      Verdi: Simon Boccanegra

4/25      Puccini: Turandot

5/2        Janacek: Kata Kabanova

5/9        Donizetti: Maria Stuarda