Metropolitan Opera Korea Concert

Lotte Concert Hall

Seoul, KR




Soprano  Lisette Oropesa


Yannick Nézet-Séguin


Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


In June 2022, domestic fans were eagerly awaiting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra's first visit to Korea with great anticipation. However, the pandemic led to the cancellation of their Asian tour schedule, sadly preventing the much-anticipated first meeting. Two years later, in 2024, they are finally coming to Korea! On June 19th and 20th, over two days, their performances will offer a rich feast of music, ranging from Mozart to Bartók, and from opera to symphony, truly embodying the 'reward of a long wait.'

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, responsible for the stage of the world's premier opera house, the New York Metropolitan Opera, began its storied history in earnest two years after the theater's founding in 1885. With its deep and rich timbre and performance prowess, it has written a history of venerable tradition. It has been led by the hands of greatest masters such as Mahler and Toscanini, and currently, Yannick Nézet-Séguin serves as its music director.

On the historic first day of meeting with the Korean audience, June 19th, the program will feature the overture to Wagner's opera "The Flying Dutchman," the suite from Debussy's "Pelléas et Mélisande," and Bartók's opera "Bluebeard's Castle." On the second day, June 20th, the program will include Montgomery's "Hymn for Everyone," Mozart's concert arias, and Mahler's "Symphony No. 5." Esteemed mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn, winner of the prestigious Richard Tucker Award in the USA, and soprano Lisette Oropesa, a leading singer at the Metropolitan Opera with an exceptional voice, will perform as soloists, adding to the emotional impact.

Lisette Oropesa and the Metropolitan Opera perform in Seoul, Korea at the Lotte Concert Hall


Lisette Oropesa: On the Run


A singing orchestra that presents a feast of sound

The second songs were two Mozart concert arias by American soprano Lisette Oropesa. It was a superb performance combining Oropesa's flawless technique, rich tone, and wonderful accompaniment worthy of an opera orchestra. I thought it would have been great if yesterday's program consisted of only Mozart opera overtures and arias.

—  Gwangyeol Jeon  •  MBN (