Show goes on: DiDonato, Beczala sing opera from apartment

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Joyce DiDonato (Photo: Chris Singer)

NEW YORK (AP) — Joyce DiDonato and Piotr Beczala made sure the show went on, albeit in an unusual format and venue. The pair performed Sunday from the living room of DiDonato's New York City apartment. The American mezzo-soprano and Polish tenor had been scheduled to star in Massenet's "Werther" at the Metropolitan Opera starting Monday. The Met's shutdown because of the coronavirus outbreak caused the cancellation of the first five of six scheduled performances. Accompanied by Met assistant conductor Howard Watkins at the piano and principal harp Emmanuel Ceysson, the pair performed excerpts for nearly 90 minutes that were streamed live on DiDonato's Facebook and Instagram pages.

Editor's Note: We've embedded the live video from a portion of the performance below.