Met Stars Live in Concert presents

Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak in Èze, France

With the Vienna Morphing Quintet

Live: Saturday, August 16 at 1:30pm ET

The dynamic husband-and-wife duo of tenor Roberto Alagna and soprano Aleksandra Kurzak give a concert of arias and duets, accompanied by string quintet, from an outdoor terrace in Èze, France, with a spectacular view of the Mediterranean. From the rhapsodic love duet from Madama Butterfly to the hilarious hijinks of “Caro elisir” from L’Elisir d’Amore to surprising selections such as the Mexican favorite “Cielito lindo,” the program promises to be a joyful encapsulation of these two inimitable artists.

The Program

“Vogliatemi bene”
From Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

“Ah! lève-toi, soleil!”
From Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette

“Una voce poco fa”
From Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia

“Caro elisir”
From Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore

“Ch’ella mi creda libero e lontano”
From Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West

“Tu qui, Santuzza?”
From Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana

“Ave Maria”
From Verdi’s Otello

“Già nella notte densa”
From Verdi’s Otello

“Lippen schweigen”
From Lehár’s The Merry Widow

“Cielito lindo”
By Quirino Mendoza y Cortés

“Funiculì, Funiculà”
By Luigi Denza

French-Italian tenor Roberto Alagna has been an audience favorite at the Metropolitan Opera for nearly 25 years. He made his debut with the company in 1996 as Rodolfo in La Bohème and has since given more than 150 performance of 17 roles—including in six new-production premieres.

Originally from Brzeg Dolny, Poland, soprano Aleksandra Kurzak made her professional debut at the age of 21 at the Wroclaw State Opera as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. She made her Met debut in 2004 as Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and has returned in productions of La Traviata, Carmen, Pagliacci, L’Elisir d’Amore, Hansel and Gretel, Rigoletto, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail. In recent seasons, she has also performed at Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Paris Opera, the Vienna State Opera, StaatsoperBerlin, the Bavarian State Opera, and in Barcelona, Hannover, Verona, Naples, Monte Carlo, and Hamburg.

The Vienna Morphing Quintet is part of the larger Morphing Chamber Orchestra (MCO), which was founded in 2006 by its artistic director, Tomasz Wabnic.MCO’s philosophy is based on constant evolution—metamorphoses and modifications that lead to the search for new musical interpretations and the pursuit of performance perfection. The ensemble challenges itself with diverse projects and a wide range of repertoire, from classical music to film music, jazz, and contemporary music.

Met Stars Live in Concert
Opera’s greatest stars perform in a groundbreaking new series of pay-per-view recitals in striking locations around the globe, each live via satellite and shot with multiple cameras. While the Metropolitan Opera House remains dark because of the ongoing health crisis, Met Stars Live in Concert will allow audiences to experience extraordinary solo and duo performances by top singers—streamed live online—from such locations as a former abbey in Bavaria, a Norwegian castle, an outdoor terrace on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, a church in Wales, and a historic mansion in Washington, D.C. The series marries the intimacy of the Met’s virtual At-Home Gala with the high production value of the company’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions.

Tickets for each recital are $20, and the performances will remain available on demand for 12 days.

Learn more about Èze and the surrounding area, read: Wouldn’t It Be Nice

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