Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Angel Blue, Joyce DiDonato Headline Metropolitan Opera’s International Pay-Per-View Series

By David Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera has announced a new pay-per-view series “Met Stars Live in Concert” featuring opera’s greatest stars from around the world.

The concert series, which was announced via a Zoom press conference, will consist of 12 live performances starting on July 18 and running through December.

“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 Met Opera General Manager Peter Gelb in a press release. “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.”

The concerts will be directed by Gary Halvorson from a control room in New York City that will connect, via satellite, to multiple cameras on location. Christine Goerke will host all the concerts.

Tickets will cost $20 and the performances will be available on-demand for 12 days following the live event.

Here is a breakdown of the schedule.

Jonas Kaufmann will open the series with a concert from the Poling Abbey in Bavaria. He will perform music from “Roméo et Juliette” “Turandot,” “Tosca,” “L’Arlesiana,” “Carmen,” and “Andrea Chénier,” alongside pianist Helmut Deutsche.

Streaming Date: July 18, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET

 Renée Fleming will perform from the Dumbarton Oaks Museum in Washington, D.C.

Streaming Date: August 1, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET 

Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak will appear live in an open-air concert from the Château de la Chèvre d’Or in Èze, France. They will perform music from “Otello,” “L’Elisir d’amore,” “Cavalleria Rusticana,” “Roméo et Juliette,” “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.” They will also present Spanish, Neopolitan, and Mexican songs.

Streaming Date: August 16, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET

Soprano Lise Davidsen will perform from the Oscarhall Palace in Oslo, Norway. The program will include Norwegian and Scandinavian pieces in addition to arias from “Tannhäuser” and “Ariadne auf Naxos.”

Streaming Date: August 29, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET

Joyce DiDonato will appear live from the Fundació Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain. She will be joined by Carrie-Anne Matheson at the piano. There will also be a yet-to-be-announced guitarist on the concert as well.

Streaming Date: Sept. 12, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET

Sondra Radvanovsky and Piotr Beczala will perform from Barcelona, Spain.

Streaming Date: Sept. 26, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET

Anna Netrebko will perform live from the Liechtenstein Palace in Vienna.

Streaming Date: Oct. 10, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET

Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja will perform from Malta.

Streaming Date: Oct. 24, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET

Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena will appear together live from Zurich.

Streaming Date: Nov. 7, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET

 Sonya Yoncheva will perform live from Berlin.

Streaming Date: Nov. 21, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET 

Bryn Terfel will perform a holiday concert from a church in Wales.

Streaming Date: Dec. 12, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET

Angel Blue will appear live from New York City.

Streaming Date: Dec. 19, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET.