This summer, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra will visit Paris, London, and Baden-Baden, on its first international tour in over 20 years. Led by Met music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the orchestra will present two programs on tour. The first program will feature Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, Matthew Aucoin’s Heath (King Lear Sketches), Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, and the fourth act of Verdi’s Otello, featuring soprano Angel Blue as Desdemona and tenor Russell Thomas as Otello. The second program will feature works by Berlioz, including excerpts from Les Troyens, featuring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.
The tour will kick off June 27 at the Philharmonie de Paris. The first program will be performed June 27, and the second the following day. The orchestra will next venture to London, where a combined program will be performed June 29 at the Barbican Centre. Finally, the tour will conclude at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, with concerts July 1 and 2.
Before the orchestra leaves New York, they will perform the second program at Carnegie Hall June 22.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin said in a statement, “It has been more than 20 years since the Met Orchestra was last on tour in Europe, and I am so delighted to lead these wonderful musicians in programs that reflect the new vision of the Met. We spend many hours together in the pit, and it is a joy to stand before them as they bring their unique artistry to the greatest stages of the world.”