Met Opera to return indoors Sept. 11 for tribute concert airing on PBS

Met Opera to return indoors Sept. 11 for tribute concert airing on PBS
Inside of the Metropolitan Opera. Photo: Jonathan Tichler.

The Metropolitan Opera is slated to return to the stage for a 9/11 tribute concert that is set to air on PBS’s “Great Performances”

On Sept. 11, the Metropolitan Opera will present its first in-person performance on its stage since the institution shuttered in March of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The program commemorates the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with Verdi’s Requiem, conducted by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The evening’s performance — titled “Verdi’s Requiem: The Met Remembers 9/11” — will feature the Met orchestra, chorus and four soloists, including soprano Ailyn Pérez, mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, tenor Matthew Polenzani and bass-baritone Eric Owens.

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A live feed of the performance will air at 8 p.m. Eastern on “Great Performances,” where it will be hosted by American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland. Audiences can also catch live audio from the concert at the Lincoln Center Plaza outside of the Met.

For the indoor performance, an allotment of 500 free tickets will be available to families of 9/11 victims, with remaining tickets going on sale to the public for $25 on Aug. 27. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masks are required for attendance at the theater.

Following the performance, the Met’s 2021-22 season will open Sept. 27 with Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” which will be the first opera by a Black composer to be performed at the institution. Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin with a libretto by Kasi Lemmons, the production will be co-directed by James Robinson and Camille A. Brown.

Additionally, “Great Performances” will debut the documentary “Yannick: An Artist’s Journey,” which chronicles the Met’s music director’s career, on Sept. 3 at 9 p.m. Eastern (check local listings). The film is directed Susan Froemke and features interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

Top Image: Inside of the Metropolitan Opera. Photo: Jonathan Tichler.