Joyce DiDonato and Piotr Beczala performed a livestream from a New York City apartment.
Joyce DiDonato and Piotr Beczala made sure the show went on, albeit in an unusual format and venue — from the living room of DiDonato’s New York City apartment. The American mezzo-soprano and Polish tenor had been scheduled to star in Massenet’s Werther at the Metropolitan Opera starting Monday (March 16).
The Met’s shutdown because of the coronavirus outbreak caused the cancellation of the first five of six scheduled performances through March 31. Accompanied by Met assistant conductor Howard Watkins at the piano and principal harp Emmanuel Ceysson, the pair performed excerpts for nearly 90 minutes Sunday that were streamed live on DiDonato’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
Given that many artists have lost at least two months of income because of force majeure provisions in their contracts, they used the livestream to ask for donations for the American Guild of Musical Artists relief fund and Artist Relief Tree. Beczala, singing the title role, was in a suit and open collar shirt, and DiDonato, as Charlotte, wore a black dress.