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Texaco Press Release - Metropolitan Opera World Trade Center Relief Benefit to be Screened

Met relief effort exceeds $2 million goal

The following press release was issued by the Metropolitan Opera.


NEW YORK, Sept. 20 - Metropolitan Opera general manager Joseph Volpe announced today that the company's benefit for the World Trade Center disaster relief is now sold-out, and will be shown live on a giant screen in front of the opera house on Lincoln Center Plaza this Saturday evening at 8 p.m. This will be the first time the Met has relayed a live performance to a screen on the plaza.

Mr. Volpe said, "In order for our community to move forward, it is important for the people of New York to have opportunities to gather, to express their feelings and show support of their fellow citizens. We hope this performance and the live relay to the plaza will afford such an opportunity and help continue the process of healing and regeneration that is underway in our great city."

The Met announced the benefit performance two days after the World Trade Center tragedy last week. The program for the benefit is the same that will be given at the Met's official season opening on Monday, September 24. It includes three fully-staged acts from Verdi operas featuring artists such as Plácido Domingo, Deborah Voigt, Roberto Aronica, Neil Shicoff, Veronica Villarroel, and Hei-Kyung Hong, conducted by James Levine. The entire Metropolitan Opera company, including all union personnel, is donating its services.

The official opening night of the Met on September 24 will take place as scheduled, but there will be only an informal cast reception in place of the planned post-performance black tie gala dinner.

The Met has already raised over $2 million for the relief effort. Deutsche Bank has made a leadership gift, Texaco Inc. has made a major gift, and many individual donors have contributed as well.

Several companies have donated equipment for the live relay to the plaza: M.B. Productions is providing the screen, All Mobile Video, Inc. the television mobile unit, and Scharff-Weisberg the projection services. There will be no charge to view the live relay of the performance from Lincoln Center Plaza. Anyone wanting to contribute to the Met's effort should send a check made out to Metropolitan Opera World Trade Center Relief Benefit to: WTC Relief Fund, Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, New York, NY 10023.

Updated: September 2001