Flicka joins Met musicians to mourn Covid-year losses

Flicka joins Met musicians to mourn Covid-year losses


norman lebrecht

April 19, 2021

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Frederica “Flicka” von Stade joins MET Orchestra musicians in a streaming program of chamber music to remember five orchestra colleagues who have passed away since the pandemic began. Flicka will sing Poulenc’s “Les anges musiciens,” (“Angel Musicians”) from La courte paille as a tribute to their memories.

The program begins with works for viola ensemble to honor Vincent Lionti, MET Orchestra violist since 1987 and beloved conductor of the Greater Westchester Youth Symphony, who died at 60 years old on April 4, 2020 from complications of the coronavirus.

Joel Revzen, Met Opera Assistant Conductor and Music Staff since 1999, made his Met conducting debut in a 2017 production of Eugene Onegin. An avid pianist and Artistic Director of the Classical Tahoe festival, he succumbed to Covid-19 on May 25, 2020.

August 11, 2020 was a dark day for the MET Orchestra, when two of their veteran clarinetists passed on: Jim Ognibene, principal bass clarinetist since 1986, and Joseph Rabbai, principal clarinetist for 23 years, who retired in 2003.

To honor associate violinist Patmore Lewis, who was affiliated with the Met since 1977 and died of cancer on November 6, 2020, fellow MET associates Xiao-Dong Wang and David Cerutti will perform Dvořák’s complete Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74 alongside full orchestra member Catherine Sim.

Tickets here.



  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Yeppeee! Yet another opportunity to browbeat Peter Gelb, and display’s one knowledge of how to fix systemic problems that are vastly beyond their control, or anyone else’s control.