Free Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series – July 22

The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series returns for a second season with six free concerts and the summer series continues on July 22 in Tappen Park, Staten Island, with an evening of favorite arias and duets performed by soprano Monica Yunus, tenor Matthew Plenk, and bass-baritone Donovan Singletary, accompanied by pianist Jonathan Kelly.

Monica Yunus made her Met debut in 2003 as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro and has since performed in six operas at the Met, most recently as Papagena in Julie Taymor’s celebrated production of Die Zauberflöte. Yunus’s other recent engagements include performances as Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore at Opera East Texas and, last September, as Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera at Washington National Opera.

Matthew Plenk, currently in his third year in the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, made his Met debut in 2008 as the sailor’s voice in Tristan und Isolde, conducted by James Levine, and has since performed the role of the Song Seller in Il Tabarro. Most recently at the Met, Plenk performed the role of Marcellus in Hamlet, seen around the world live in HD. Next season at the Met, he takes on the role of Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor and makes his debut at the Atlanta Opera as Ferrando in Così fan tutte.

Donovan Singletary, winner of the 2006 National Council Auditions and member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, made his Met debut in 2008 as a Nazarene in Salome. That same season, Singletary made his Carnegie Hall debut in Mark Hayes’s Te Deum. The American bass-baritone returned to the Met in 2009 as Pinellino in Gianni Schicchi. Singletary is the first prize winner in the 2009 Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, the Mount Dora Festival Competition, and the Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actors’ Competition.

Jonathan Kelly has served as an official accompanist for the San Francisco Opera Center, Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, and Chicago Opera Theatre. Kelly has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Kirk in the Hills, the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall, and for the Marilyn Horne Foundation at Zankel Hall.

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