Rain Causes Cancellation, Rescheduling of Met-in-the-Parks Performances

Classic Arts News   Rain Causes Cancellation, Rescheduling of Met-in-the-Parks Performances
The Metropolitan Opera has cancelled tonight's "Met in the Parks" concert performance of Verdi's La traviata at the Richmond County Bank Ball Park on Staten Island. According to an announcement from the company, due to the rain of the last several days, the saturated ground in the park will not allow the set-up of the portable stage. There is no rain date; the performance will not be rescheduled.

For the same reason (saturated ground), at the request of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, tomorrow's "Met in the Parks" concert of Verdi's Rigoletto at Cunningham Park in Queens has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 31 at 8 pm (same location). The performance will feature Mark Rucker in the title role, with Olga Makarina as Gilda and Bruce Sledge as the Duke of Mantua.

Saturday's performance (August 26) of Rigoletto at Orchard Beach in the Bronx was cancelled because of rain as well.

The Met expects the two other remaining parks performances — La traviata on Friday, September 1 at Brookdale Park in Montclair, New Jersey and Rigoletto on Saturday, September 2 at Buccleuch Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey (8 pm both nights) — to proceed as planned.

More information about the "Met in the Parks" concerts can be found by calling 1-212-362-6000 or visiting www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/news/detail.aspx?id=198.

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