PBS is hosting a live broadcast tonight of a performance of Verdi’s Requiem from the Metropolitan Opera to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
The performance will be broadcast with subtitles at 8 p.m. ET at Great Performances, with ballet star Misty Copeland hosting the program from the nearby site of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in Lower Manhattan. September 2011, is lending film material from his archives to the PBS broadcast of Verdi’s Requiem this evening.
The music director of the Met Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conducts the orchestra and choir as well as a quartet of star soloists, the soprano Ailyn Pérez, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Matthew Polenzani and bass-baritone Eric Owens.
The broadcast, produced in collaboration with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, will include footage from its archives as well as outdoor footage of the Two Rays of Tribute in Light, an annual public art installation commemorating from dusk through to Dawn the night of 9/11.
Live audio from the performance will also be broadcast right outside the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center Plaza.
As part of a city-wide memory, the Met will take part in the 9/11 Tribute in Lights and bathe its facade in sky-blue light. The English-language text of the requiem will also be projected onto the facade of the opera house during the performance.
The concert is the first performance in the Opera House since it was closed in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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