Can’t get to the opera? The opera will come to you!
The Met, which has been forced to cancel its performances in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, has given music lovers a gift: the chance to livestream its acclaimed “Live in HD” performances, starting Monday night with Bizet’s “Carmen.”
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who was supposed to perform in Massenet’s “Werther” at the Met this week with Piotr Beczała, took to Facebook with him to livestream a few excerpts, including a love duet. She urged her listeners to support freelance musicians during this difficult time. The excerpts already have about 250,000 views.
“Since we can’t sing on Monday night,” she wrote, “we thought let’s get together in a soiree . . . like they used to in the old days, which we might have to do in the new days, too, and get together and sing.”