Thomas Adès’s ‘The Exterminating Angel’
Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Met Opera website
“If you see one opera this year, make it ‘The Exterminating Angel,’” reads the New York Times headline for the review of this 2017 production. If you missed it then, now is your chance. Conducted by Thomas Adès and starring Audrey Luna, Amanda Echalaz, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, the show tackles topics that are as relevant now as they were then. “The opera has discomforting timeliness at a time when many Americans feel trapped in partisan battles over elites, economic justice and borders,” Anthony Tommasini wrote in his review. The event is part of The Met’s free series “Nightly Met Opera Streams.”
When: 7:30 p.m., and will remain available for 23 hours.
Where: The Met Opera website, and on all Met Opera on Demand apps.
‘Dear Class of 2020,’ With the Obamas, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé
Saturday at 3 p.m.
No one’s ever had a commencement ceremony like this. On Saturday, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Bill and Melinda Gates, Condoleezza Rice, Malala Yousafzai, Taylor Swift, BTS, Megan Thee Stallion and many others are set to take part in YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” virtual commencement, a six-hour event celebrating graduates whose in-person ceremonies were canceled because of the pandemic.
When: 3 p.m.
The ‘Super Bowl of High School Jazz Competitions’
Monday through June 12 on Jazz.org
Jazz at Lincoln Center is saluting the world’s top high school big bands with a weeklong festival (which will for the first time be held virtually), “Essentially Ellington,” nicknamed the Super Bowl of high school jazz competitions. Hundreds of students from about 25 high school big bands, the largest group in the festival’s 25-year history, will participate. Events include band performances; interviews; a Q. and A. with a finalist student and Wynton Marsalis, a renown trumpeter and the center’s artistic director; the beloved “cheer tunnel”; and an awards ceremony.
When: Monday at 9 p.m., through June 12 at 9 p.m.