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Posted by on Jun 3, 2011 in News | 0 comments

Tony Bennett to Perform at the Metropolitan Opera

(New York- PRNewswire) – The Metropolitan Opera will present Tony Bennett in a special concert, the legendary singer’s first appearance on the Met stage, on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 7 p.m. The concert will be the first in a series of events celebrating Bennett’s 85th birthday and leading up to the release of the 15-time Grammy winner’s upcoming album, Duets II (RPM/Columbia Records), which is scheduled for a September 20th release. Tickets to the concert, which range from $50 to $350, will go on sale at metopera.org or (212) 362-6000 at 12 p.m. on Sunday, June 5th.

The concert will feature pop standards from the Great American Songbook, many of which Bennett has introduced and recorded to critical and popular acclaim that led to a string of greatest hits over his 60-year career. The quartet performing with Bennett is composed of pianist Lee Musiker, guitarist Gray Sargent, drummer Harold Jones, and bassist Marshall Wood.

“I’ve been practicing my whole life to perform on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House,” Bennett said. “It’s a dream come true.”

The Met has previously presented a variety of popular artists in concert, including Barbara Cook (2006), Kristin Chenoweth (2007), Sting (2010), and Andrea Bocelli (2011).

Bennett’s Duets II CD, one of the most highly anticipated releases of this year, will be available on September 20th. It is a follow up to his multi-Grammy Award winning Duets: An American Classic and will be available at a variety of retailers, including the Met Opera Shop. Please visit www.tonybennett.com for more information.

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