Met Opera streams ‘Wagnerians Live in Concert’

‘Wagnerians Live in Concert’ – image courtesy Metropolitan Opera

Continuing its Met Stars Live in Concert series, the Metropolitan Opera features four luminaries of Wagnerian opera, streaming live from the grand Hessisches Staatsheater in Wiesbaden on Saturday, May 8th.

Starring in this performance are sopranos Christine Goerke and Elza van den Heever, tenor Andreas Schager and baritone Michael Volle, accompanied by pianist Craig Terry.

These powerful artists will present a program of arias and duets from Wagner operas such as Der Fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Das Rheingold, Tannhäuser and Die Walküre, as well as his Wesendonck Lieder. They will also perform a selection of songs by Richard Strauss, including Allerseelen and Cäcilie, and the final scene from Die Frau ohne Schatten.

The concert will be filmed with multiple cameras, linked by satellite to a control room in New York City, where the host will be American countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. Gary Halvorson, the award-winning director of the Met’s Live in HD cinema transmissions, directs. 

This Met Opera performance will take place in the grand foyer of The Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, capital of the state of Hesse in Germany. Also known as the Staatstheater Wiesbaden or Theater Wiesbaden, it was designed by Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Hellmer in the Baroque revival style, and was inaugurated in 1894. The resident orchestra is the Hessisches Staatsorchester, and the theatre, with its four stages, is host to operas, plays, ballets, musicals and concerts, and also the annual festival Internationale Maifestspiele Wiesbaden, established in 1896 after the Bayreuth Festival.

Großes Haus © Sven-Helge Czichy Am Warmen Damm Foto: Sven-Helge Czichy

The recital takes place on Saturday, May 8th at 1.00 pm (EST), 6.00 pm (BST) and 7.00 pm (CEST). Tickets at $20 can be purchased on the Metropolitan Opera website. The performance will be available for on demand viewing for 14 days following the live event, and can be viewed on computer, mobile device, or home entertainment system (via Chromecast or AirPlay). 

Information sourced from

Metropolitan Opera program notes

The Hessisches Staatstheater

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