Soprano Angel Blue will now appear as soloist for this performance alongside mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and tenor Russell Thomas. Angel Blue steps in for soprano Renée Fleming who has withdrawn from this performance. Full updated details about the performance and programme are below. All bookers have been notified of the artist change.

The Met Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Thurs 29 June 2023, Barbican Hall, 7:30pm

Tickets from £15 plus booking fee

Yannick Nézet-Séguin directs New York’s The Met Orchestra in its first UK appearance in over 20 years, with a stellar trio of soloists – Joyce DiDonato, Angel Blue and Russell Thomas – in evocative music with a Shakespearean flavour.

The Met Orchestra opens with Tchaikovsky’s swoon-inducing depiction of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Fresh from its world premiere in New York, soprano Angel Blue is the soloist in Matthew Aucoin’s Lear Sketches which fuses classical and jazz harmonies. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato takes centre stage as The Met Orchestra play selections from Berlioz’s grand opera, Les TroyensChers Tyrien, the Royal Hunt and Storm, and ‘Adieu, fière cité’, the heartbreaking farewell aria of Dido, Queen of Carthage. Tenor Russell Thomas sings the title role in the dramatic fourth act of Verdi’s opera Otello.

Canadian-born conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin became the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director at the beginning of the 2018–19 season.

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