Met Gala: Encore! Encore!

(Above source: Metropolitan Opera)

The Metropolitan Opera’s April 25 At-Home Gala, which featured more than 40 performers singing live from their homes around the world, will stream again – for free – today, June 12, until 6:30 pm ET. It will be available again tomorrow, June 13, also concluding at 6:30 pm. You’ll be able to view it at

The rerun is part of the Met’s “The Voice Must Be Heard” fundraising campaign to help it weather the Ovid-19 pandemic.  

The Met’s General Manager Peter Gelb in New York City and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Montreal hosted the gala. The program was enabled via video conferencing software and the editing of dozens of individual performances.

Highlights include:

“Deh vieni alla finestra” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni — Peter Mattei with Lars David Nilsson on accordion (Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden)

“Caro elisir” from Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore – Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak with Morgane Fauchois Prado on piano (Le Raincy, France)

“Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix” from Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila – Anita Rachvelishvili with Nikoloz Rachveli on piano (Tbilisi, Georgia)

“Rachel, quand du Seigneur” from Halévy’s La Juive – Jonas Kaufmann with Helmut Deutsch on piano (Munich, Germany)

“Nemico della patria” from Giordano’s Andrea Chénier by Ambrogio Maestri – Marco Armiliato on piano (Lugano, Switzerland)

“Chacun le sait” from Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment – Erin Morley self-accompanied on the piano (New Haven, Connecticut)

“O du, mein holder Abendstern” from Wagner’s Tannhäuser – Michael Volle with Klaus Sallmann on piano (Berlin, Germany)

“Heimwee” by S. le Roux Marais – Elza van den Heever singing a capella (Montpellier, France)

“Danny Boy,” with lyrics by Frederic Weatherly – Matthew Polenzani self-accompanied on the piano (Pelham, New York)

“If I Can Help Somebody” by Alma Bazel Androzzo – Bryn Terfel with Hannah Stone on harp (Wales)

“En vain j’espère” from Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable – Lisette Oropesa with Michael Borowitz on piano (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pictured below)

Lisette Oropesa with Michael Borowitz during Met At Home Gala
(Above source: YouTube video)

“Baigne d’eau mes mains” from Massenet’s Thaïs – Nicole Car and Etienne Dupuis on piano (Paris, France).

Prior to the gala, Nézet-Séguin conducted pre-recorded performances by the Met’s orchestra and chorus, captured from the musicians’ homes. Below is “Va, pensiero” from Verdi’s Nabucco, also known as the “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves”:

After the two-day encore screening, the At-Home Gala will be accessible via Met Opera on Demand, which offers more than 700 full-length Met performances. That service has two subscription plans: $14.99 a month and $149.99 a year. If you are already a Met member, you can save 33% off the annual subscription rate.

The Met Opera app is available for Amazon Fire TV, tablet, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Android, Roku, and Samsung Smart TV.  For more information, visit the Met Opera on Demand FAQ page.

More than 750,000 viewers in 162 countries saw the original April 25 screening, according to the Metropolitan Opera.

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