Metropolitan Opera to Tour Europe with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Joyce DiDonato & Christine Goerke

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Metropolitan Opera)

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that  the Met Orchestra will tour Europe in the summer of 2021 following its annual residency at Carnegie Hall.

The Met’s Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct all five concerts which will include stops at the Barbican Centre in London on June 29, 2021, the Philharmonie in Paris on June 30 and July 1, 2021, and the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden on July 3 and 4, 2021.

The tour will include Joyce DiDonato, who will sing selections from Berlioz’s Les Troyens in a program that will also include Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique. This program will be performed at all three venues.

In a second showcase, Christine Goerke, Brandon Jovanovich, and Günther Groissböck, who will perform the first act of Wagner’s “Die Walküre,” in addition to Strauss’ “Don Juan” and Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres). Only audiences in Paris and Baden-Baden will get a chance to check out this program.

“This is a major milestone in the Met’s recent history. I am very grateful for the music we make all season long at the Met, and I cannot wait to have European audiences experience the Met Orchestra’s brilliant artistry in person,” Nézet-Séguin stated in a press release. “And what better way to celebrate their excellence than to bring along dear friends Joyce, Christine, Brandon, and Günther as collaborators? I am proud that the Met is continuing to reach audiences beyond Lincoln Center. This European tour is the perfect capstone to the coming season.”

The upcoming tour will be the first the Met Orchestra goes to Europe since 2002, when it performed in Salzburg, Lucerne, Baden-Baden, and Wiesbaden.