Wednesday, May 12, 2021 "The Metropolitan Opera will perform" "in Queens on Sunday" "6 and 8:30 p.m." in work of Terence Blanchard; with Angel Blue & Eric Owens

Angel Blue

Eric Owens

By Julia Jacobs

May 12, 2021

The Metropolitan Opera will perform again for a live audience, 430 days after the coronavirus shut down its theater.

Members of the company’s orchestra and chorus, joined by prominent soloists and led by its music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will give two concerts at the Knockdown Center in Queens on Sunday, the Met announced on Wednesday. The concerts will go on despite continuing labor tensions at the Met, which have threatened the intended reopening of its Lincoln Center home in September.

Scheduled for 6 and 8:30  p.m. on Sunday, the program, called “A Concert for New York,” includes selections by Mozart, Verdi and Terence Blanchard, whose “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” is planned to reopen the Met on Sept. 27 and will be the company’s first opera by a Black composer. The soloists for the Queens performances will be Angel Blue, Stephen Costello, Justin Austin and Eric Owens; 12 Met choristers and 20 orchestra musicians will take part.


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