New York’s Met Opera to host virtual concert series

New York’s Met Opera to host virtual concert series

Several of opera’s biggest stars beamed in from around the world to announce the Metropolitan Opera’s latest virtual initiative amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The New York opera house, which suspended live performances in March, plans a dozen pay-per-view concerts through mid-December featuring leading singers from around the world. Tickets will cost $20.

The series kicks off on July 18 with German tenor Jonas Kaufmann at the Polling Abbey outside Munich performing some of opera’s greatest hits including “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot” and popular arias from “Tosca” and “Carmen.”

Details about later performances are still being worked out. None of the shows will have a live audience, a Met spokeswoman said.

The Met last month canceled its fall 2020 season. The current plan is to launch the season on December 31, but that also depends on public health conditions.

Like their audiences, singers said they have been grappling with how daily life has been upended by COVID-19.