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Metropolitan Opera Returns to Long Island City Waterfront

Queens — Aria aficionados rejoice: the Metropolitan Opera is coming to the Long Island City waterfront this summer. 

On Thursday, Aug. 9th, as part of The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series, three rising opera stars Deanna Breiwick (soprano), Alexander Lewis (tenor) and Edward Parks (baritone) will perform arias and duets from a variety of operas — including La Bohème, La Traviata, Faust, and Don Pasquale, along with selections from the American Songbook — during a free performance in Socrates Sculpture Park.

The artists will sing on a makeshift stage made from a specially fitted truck for the performance, the second time the Metropolitan Opera has come to Socrates Sculpture Park.

“It was a huge success last year,” said Shaun Leonardo, director of public programs and community relations at Socrates Sculpture Park. “People brought their own chairs and blankets. We had about 1,700 guests.”

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series, a set of performances in parks around the city, started in 2009.

This year it returns with six performances around the city, kicking off with a concert at Central Park SummerStage on July 25.

The Met singers will also perform in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Crotona Park in The Bronx and Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island.

The performance in Socrates Sculpture Park starts at 7 p.m.