Metropolitan Opera’s first performance in the house since 2020: Verdi Requiem on 9/11 anniversary

Posted on: August 24, 2021

“The Metropolitan Opera has not held a performance in its cavernous theater since March 11, 2020 … because of the pandemic,” writes Zachary Woolfe in Friday’s 8/20) New York Times. “But the company announced on Friday that it would finally return indoors on Sept. 11, with a performance of Verdi’s Requiem to mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks. The event will also be broadcast live on PBS…. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s music director, will conduct the company’s orchestra and chorus, the soprano Ailyn Pérez, the mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, the tenor Matthew Polenzani and the bass-baritone Eric Owens. Five hundred free tickets will be made available to the families of victims of the attacks…. Audience members will have to have proof of vaccination status and wear masks. The concert will come before the previously announced opening night of the Met’s season, on Sept. 27: the company premiere of Terence Blanchard’s ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones.’ … The company has been in tense negotiations with the union representing its orchestra players, and has yet to announce an agreement. In recent months, the Met did strike deals with the unions representing its stagehands and its chorus, soloists, dancers, actors and stage managers.”