The Metropolitan Opera Announces the Return of Summer Recital Series and Summer HD Festival

The Metropolitan Opera Announces the Return of Summer Recital Series and Summer HD Festival

The Metropolitan Opera announced the return of its two popular series of free summer events, the Summer Recital Series and the Summer HD Festival. For the fifth consecutive year, the Met will present operatic recitals in parks in all five boroughs, as well as a ten-day outdoor festival of encore screenings from the Met's popular HD transmissions.

The Met's 2013 Summer Recital Series, presented in collaboration with City Parks Foundation, will feature six free concerts beginning July 16 and concluding August 1. The series begins on Tuesday, July 16 at Central Park SummerStage with an 8:00 pm recital featuring three Met stars: soprano Erin Morley, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and tenor Stephen Costello, joined by pianist Bradley Moore. The same four artists will perform on Friday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 (Brooklyn).

Four additional recitals, starring soprano Ying Fang, tenor Mario Chang, and bass-baritone Brandon Cedel, again joined by Moore, will take place according to this schedule: Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. in Crotona Park (The Bronx); Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. in Clove Lakes Park (Staten Island); Tuesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. in Jackie Robinson Park (Manhattan); and Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m. in Socrates Sculpture Park (Queens). No tickets are required for any of the performances; a complete schedule is below.

The popular Summer HD Festival, which projects encore screenings from the Met's Grammy, Peabody, and Emmy Award-winning Live in HD series on a large screen in Lincoln Center Plaza, returns August 24. The festival, which will once again offer ten consecutive nights of free screenings, runs through September 2. Titles and starting times for the screenings will be announced at a later date. More than 3,100 seats will be available each night, plus space for overflow crowds on the plaza.

"Our free summer events have become a popular fixture for New Yorkers and tourists alike," said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. "Where else on a summer evening, but on the façade of the Met, can you see and hear larger-than-life versions of our greatest stars for free?"