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The Metropolitan Opera Announces Free Summer Events(2)

Summer Recital Series, in Collaboration with City Parks Foundation, Launches at Central Park SummerStage on July 25 with Performances by Danielle de Niese, Dimitri Pittas, and John Del Carlo

April 23, 2012

The Metropolitan Opera Announces Free Summer Events

Summer Recital Series, in Collaboration with City Parks Foundation, Launches at Central Park SummerStage on July 25 with Performances by
Danielle de Niese, Dimitri Pittas, and John Del Carlo 

Popular Summer HD Festival Returns with Encore Screenings of the
Met’s Award-Winning Live in HD Productions in Lincoln Center Plaza,
Beginning August 25 for Ten Consecutive Nights

 

New York, NY (April 23, 2012) — The Metropolitan Opera announced the return of its popular free outdoor series of summer events. For the fourth consecutive year, the Met will present operatic recitals in parks in all five boroughs, as well as a ten-day festival of encore screenings from the Met’s popular HD transmissions in Lincoln Center Plaza.

The Met’s 2012 Summer Recital Series, presented in collaboration with City Parks Foundation, will feature six free concerts beginning July 25 and concluding August 9. The series begins July 25 at Central Park SummerStage with an 8:00 pm recital featuring three Met stars: soprano Danielle de Niese, tenor Dimitri Pittas, and bass-baritone John Del Carlo, as well as pianist Dan Saunders. The same four artists will perform on July 27 at 7:00 pm in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 (Brooklyn). Later recitals in the Bronx’s Crotona Park (July 31), Staten Island’s Clove Lakes Park (August 2), Manhattan’s Jackie Robinson Park (August 7), and Queens’s Socrates Sculpture Park (August 9) will feature soprano Deanna Breiwick, tenor Alexander Lewis, baritone Edward Parks, and pianist Vlad Iftinca.  No tickets are required for any of the performances; a complete schedule is below.

The popular Summer HD Festival returns for a fourth year, featuring ten consecutive nights of free encore screenings from the Met’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Live in HD series. This year’s festival will run August 25 – September 3; titles and starting times for the screenings will be announced closer to the festival date. No tickets are required for the festival.  More than 3100 seats will be available each night, plus space for overflow crowds of more than 4000 on the plaza.

“These summer events are part of our continuing mission to make opera more accessible for the public,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb.

The Met: Live in HD, produced in association with PBS and WNET is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation.

Bloomberg is the global corporate sponsor of The Met: Live in HD.    

 

About The Met’s Summer Recital Series
The Met’s Summer Recital Series will feature arias and duets from a variety of operas, along with selections from the American Songbook. The 8:00 pm Central Park SummerStage recital on July 25 is approximately two hours long, and the 7:00 pm Brooklyn Bridge Park recital on July 27 will run approximately ninety minutes. All subsequent recitals in the series—held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from July 31 through August 9—will begin at 7:00 pm and run approximately one hour.  

“The Met’s Summer Recital series is an integral part of the SummerStage season and provides our audiences the chance to see some of the world’s most celebrated voices, all in a beautiful outdoor setting,” said Alison Tocci, President of City Parks Foundation.

The Met’s Summer Recital Series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Kate D. Levin, in partnership with the City Council, and in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Recreation, Commissioner Adrian Benepe. Funding has also been provided by the Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. Charitable Trust’s Met Parks Concert Fund and The Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation, in honor of Mrs. McGraw.

“The Met Opera is recognized across the globe for its stellar productions,” said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin. “Thanks to an extraordinary commitment to reaching new audiences, the Met’s popular summer programs give New Yorkers in all five boroughs the chance to experience some of the most exciting work in opera today.”

“The Metropolitan Opera’s annual concert series in New York City’s parks is one of the most beloved summertime traditions in the city,” said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe.  “I would like to thank the Met and City Parks Foundation for continuing to bring world-class performances to free and unique outdoor settings in neighborhood parks. Once again, this year’s program is sure to inspire a whole new generation of opera lovers.”

 

Schedule: The Met’s Summer Recital Series

Wednesday, July 25 at 8:00 pm: Central Park SummerStage, Manhattan

Danielle de Niese, soprano
Dimitri Pittas, tenor
John Del Carlo, bass-baritone
Dan Saunders, pianist

Friday, July 27 at 7:00 pm: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, Brooklyn

Danielle de Niese, soprano
Dimitri Pittas, tenor
John Del Carlo, bass-baritone
Dan Saunders, pianist

Tuesday, July 31 at 7:00 pm: Crotona Park, Bronx

Deanna Breiwick, soprano
Alexander Lewis, tenor
Edward Parks, baritone
Vlad Iftinca, pianist

Thursday, August 2 at 7:00 pm: Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island

Deanna Breiwick, soprano
Alexander Lewis, tenor
Edward Parks, baritone
Vlad Iftinca, pianist

Tuesday, August 7 at 7:00 pm: Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan 

Deanna Breiwick, soprano
Alexander Lewis, tenor
Edward Parks, baritone
Vlad Iftinca, pianist

Thursday, August 9 at 7:00 pm: Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

Deanna Breiwick, soprano
Alexander Lewis, tenor
Edward Parks, baritone
Vlad Iftinca, pianist

 

All recitals are free and no tickets are required. For additional information, please call (212) 362-6000 or visit the Met website at www.metopera.org/parks.