Metropolitan Opera to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of 9/11

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera will present a pre-season performance of Verdi’s Requiem to commemorate the 20th anniversary of September 11.

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct the Met Orchestra and Chorus with soloists Ailyn Pérez, Elīna Garanča, Matthew Polenzani, and bass-baritone Eric Owens.

The concert will mark the first performance inside the Metropolitan Opera House since the March 2020 and will be transmitted live with closed captioning as part of Great Performances on PBS, with ballet star Misty Copeland hosting the program from near the site of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

The live audio from the performance will also be broadcast directly outside the Met in Lincoln Center Plaza. The Met will also be participating in the 9/11 Tribute in Lights, bathing its façade in sky blue light.

The company will give 500 free tickets to families of the victims of 9/11 to attend the concert with the remaining tickets on sale on August 27.

All audience members must be fully vaccinated house and provide in-person verification of vaccination against COVID-19. For this concert, audience members must also wear masks.