The Metropolitan Opera’s 2022 Summer Recital Series will include 6 free concerts
The Metropolitan Opera’s 2022 Summer Recital Series will once again bring free outdoor recitals, featuring established performers and young talent from across the opera world, to New Yorkers in all five boroughs. The series, now in its 13th grade characteristics six concerts and has become a summer opera tradition. Presented in collaboration with Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, the first two concerts will take place at Central Park SummerStage (Manhattan) on Monday, June 20 at 8 p.m. and at Brooklyn Bridge Park (Brooklyn) on Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. The concerts will feature Met singers soprano Brittany Renee, who sang Evelyn in Terence BlanchardFire Shut Up in My Bones and Annie in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess this season, tenor Ben Bliss, who will sing the role of Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress in May, and baritone justin austinwho recently starred in Ricky Ian Gordonchamber opera Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center Theater. They will be joined by the Met’s assistant chef Bryan Wagorn at the piano.
Four additional recitals feature current members of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, including soprano Brittany Olivia Logan, who was a finalist in the Met’s 2021 Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, mezzo-soprano Cierra Byrd, who making his Met debut as Bertha in Fire Shut Up in My Bones, and bass-baritone Vladyslav Buialskyi, who recently performed at the Met’s A Concert for Ukraine benefit concert, Verdi’s Don Carlos and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Met assistant conductor Dimitri Dover will join the singers on the piano. Their recitals will take place on Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Park (Manhattan); Saturday June 25 at 4 p.m. at the Williamsbridge Oval (Bronx); Monday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at Socrates Sculpture Park (Queens); and Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. at Clove Lakes Park (Staten Island).
The Met’s summer recital series will include arias and duets, plus Broadway standards and other classic favorites.
The Met’s Summer Recital Series is funded by the Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation, in honor of Mrs. McGraw. Additional support was also provided, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and in conjunction with the Department of Parks and Recreation.
No ticket is required for any of the performances. There are no rain dates for any of the recitals in the park. For more information, please visit metopera.org.