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Metropolitan Opera Presents TOSCA, CARMEN, et al. in '10 Summer Series

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The Metropolitan Opera announced plans for a series of free outdoor events this summer: operatic recitals that will take place in parks throughout the city and encore screenings of the Met's popular HD shows in Lincoln Center Plaza.

The Met's Summer Recital Series, launched last year and again presented in collaboration with City Parks Foundation, features six free concerts in all five boroughs July 12-29. No tickets are required. The opening recital kicks off at Central Park SummerStage at 8:00 pm with acclaimed baritone Nathan Gunn joined by rising opera stars Susanna Phillips (soprano) and Michael Fabiano (tenor). They will be accompanied by pianists Julie Gunn and JoNathan Kelly. Following the SummerStage program on July 12, subsequent performances of the Met's Summer Recital Series will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m., through July 29. The series continues with recitals featuring Monica Yunus, Phillips, Fabiano, Matthew Plenk, and Donovan Singletary, with performances that will take place in Crotona Park (Bronx), Queens Bridge Park (Queens), Jackie Robinson Park (Manhattan), Brooklyn Bridge Park (Brooklyn), and Tappen Park (Staten Island). All recitals are approximately one hour, with the exception of the Brooklyn concert, which is 90 minutes.

"City Parks Foundation is thrilled to partner with the Metropolitan Opera again this year to bring the Met's Summer Recital Series to audiences throughout New York City," said David Rivel, Executive Director of City Parks Foundation. "City Parks Foundation has a long history of bringing free performances right into neighborhood parks, and this series will only further connect people with their park through the arts."

The Met's Summer Recital Series is presented in partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Kate D. Levin, and the Department of Parks and Recreation, Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

"The Metropolitan Opera's Summer Recital Series and the Summer HD Festival demonstrate the institution's extraordinary commitment to broadening access and building diverse cultural audiences," said Commissioner Levin. "This summer's program of concerts in all five boroughs, and screenings at Lincoln Center, will offer all New Yorkers a unique chance to hear some of the most dynamic performers working 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."

The popular Summer HD Festival returns for a second year, featuring screenings, on consecutive nights, of ten acclaimed productions from the Met's Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Live in HD series, including three new productions from the 2009-10 season: Puccini's Tosca, starring Karita Mattila and Marcelo Álvarez; Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, starring Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja; and Bizet's Carmen, starring Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna. Tosca opens the season on Saturday, August 28, and Carmen closes the season on Monday, September 6. Met Music Director James Levine conducts two of the HD productions. Last summer, more than 40,000 people attended the first Summer HD Festival.

"We are delighted to share our artists and our operas with the public throughout New York this summer," said Met General Manager Peter Gelb.

The Met's Summer HD Festival is made possible by the Neubauer Family Foundation and by Macy's and Bloomingdale's.

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

The Met's Summer Recital Series

Monday, July 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm: Central Park SummerStage

Nathan Gunn, baritone

Susanna Phillips, soprano

Michael Fabiano, tenor

JoNathan Kelly/Julie Gunn, pianists

Thursday, July 15, 2010, 7:00 pm: Crotona Park, Bronx

Monica Yunus, soprano

Matthew Plenk, tenor

Donovan Singletary, bass-baritone

JoNathan Kelly, pianist

Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 7:00 pm: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn

Susanna Phillips, soprano

Michael Fabiano, tenor

JoNathan Kelly, pianist

Thursday, July 22, 2010, 7:00 pm: Tappen Park, Staten Island

Monica Yunus, soprano

Matthew Plenk, tenor

Donovan Singletary, bass-baritone

JoNathan Kelly, pianist

Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 7:00 pm: Queens Bridge Park, Queens

Monica Yunus, soprano

Matthew Plenk, tenor

Donovan Singletary, bass-baritone

JoNathan Kelly, pianist

Thursday, July 29, 2010, 7:00 pm: Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan

Monica Yunus, soprano

Matthew Plenk, tenor

Donovan Singletary, bass-baritone

JoNathan Kelly, 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.

The Met's Summer HD Festival Schedule

Start times range from 7:15 pm to 8:00 pm.

Saturday, August 28, 8:00pm: TOSCA- Karita Mattila stars in Luc Bondy's new production of Puccini's Tosca, with Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and George Gagnidze as Scarpia. Joseph Colaneri conducts. Approximate running time: 120 minutes.

Sunday, August 29, 8:00pm: THE MAGIC FLUTE-James Levine conducts Mozart's The Magic Flute, in an abridged, English-language production by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor. Starring Ying Huang as Pamina, Erika Miklósa as the Queen of the Night, Matthew Polenzani as Tamino, Nathan Gunn as Papageno, and René Pape as Sarastro. Approximate running time: 113 minutes.

Monday, August 30, 7:15pm: DER ROSENKAVALIER-A stellar cast led by Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, and Christine Schäfer is conducted by Edo de Waart. Eric Cutler is the Italian Singer, and Kristinn Sigmundsson sings the role of Baron Ochs. Approximate running time: 195 minutes.

Tuesday, August 31, 7:45pm: DOCTOR ATOMIC-John Adams's powerful work stars Gerald Finley as J. Robert Oppenheimer. Alan Gilbert conducts this production by Penny Woolcock. Approximate running time: 120 minutes.

Wednesday, September 1, 7:45pm: LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN- James Levine conducts Bartlett Sher's new production of Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, with Anna Netrebko as Antonia, Joseph Calleja as Hoffmann, and Alan Held as the four villains. Kathleen Kim sings Olympia, Ekaterina Gubanova is Giulietta, and Kate Lindsey is Nicklausse. Approximate running time: 160 minutes.

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