The New York Metropolitan Opera’s ‘At-Home’ Gala on Monday brought together some of the opera world’s most acclaimed stars for night of high-class live streaming. Amid the glitz and glamour, however, came a poignant reminder of why the audience was watching from home in the first place. Alongside US mezzo-soprano Joyce Di Donato, the orchestra’s viola section performed an arrangement of ‘Ombra mai fu’, an aria from Handel’s opera ‘Serse’, in rememberence of their colleague Vincent Lionti.
Lionti, a memeber of the orchestra since 1987, died earlier this month from complicataions of the Covid-19 virus. He was 60 years old.