Hosted by General Manager Peter Gelb in New York City and Music Director
Yannick NÈzet-SÈguin in Montreal, the program will be streamed for free on
the Met’s website. “While the Met is famous for its high-definition
transmissions into cinemas, this will be a great artistic but low-tech
operation,” said Mr. Gelb, noting that the performances will be relayed in
real time from the singers’ laptops and transmitted via Skype in what will
nonetheless be a complicated exercise in logistics and time zones. “We will
be providing operatic uplift to our audiences, as well as for our singers,
who are eager to connect with their fans.” While Mr. Gelb will be producing
the event from his apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Mr.
NÈzet-SÈguin will be co-hosting from his apartment in Montreal. Mr.
NÈzet-SÈguin will also be participating in the gala as a pianist.
“I can’t tell you how happy it makes me for all these tremendous artists to
be able to come together and perform in this way during this time of
crisis,” said Mr. NÈzet-SÈguin, the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music
Director. “While we cannot wait to get back to the Met stage, for the
moment, this is the next best thing.”
The gala will start at 1pm EDT/6pm BST, the regularly scheduled time for
the Met’s Saturday matinee performances, and will be available via the
Met’s website at metopera.org. After the live showing, the program will
continue to be available on demand on the Met website until 6:30pm
EDT/11:30pm BST the following day. The complete program will be announced
The At-Home Gala builds on the success of the company’s Nightly Met Opera
Streams, a series of encore presentations of Live in HD
performances, made available each day on the Met website for free. Since
the nightly streams launched on March 16, they have attracted more than 4
million viewers around the world, representing more than 200 million
minutes of viewing time.
The At-Home Gala is part of the Met’s urgent “The Voice Must Be
Heard” fundraising campaign to support the company and protect its future.
This gala is generously sponsored by Mercedes T. Bass and Rolex.