Before Clara sings about "Summertime" easy livin' in the Metropolitan Opera's Porgy and Bess, six singers will take to outdoor stages around New York City to bring opera to all five boroughs. The opera house has set dates and artists for the 11th annual Summer Recital Series.
The lineup kicks off June 10 at Manhattan's Central Park SummerStage with Met alums Nathan Gunn (The Magic Flute, The Merry Widow), Ying Fang (La Clemenza di Tito), and Ben Bliss (The Magic Flute), accompanied by Dan Saunders. The quartet will also perform at Brooklyn Bridge Park June 12; both concerts are presented in collaboration with City Parks Foundation's SummerStage Festival.
A trio of rising stars are also among the roster, as the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program's Leah Hawkins and Mario Bahg—as well as National Council Audition winner Joseph Lim—will sing June 13 at Manhattan's Jackie Robinson Park, June 15 at Williamsbridge Oval in the Bronx, June 17 at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, and June 19 in Staten Island's Clove Lakes Park. The four recitals will feature Dimitri Dover on piano.
The concerts, featuring a mix of arias, duets, and Broadway standards, are free and open to the public.