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The Metropolitan Opera Presents and Evening with Sting

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA

Presents
An Evening With

STING

Performing His Most Celebrated Songs

Featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

Conducted by Steven Mercurio

World Tour Sponsored by Xerox


(New York, NY – Wednesday, April 7, 2010) – The Metropolitan Opera in association with Live Nation announced today that Sting, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, will make his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on July 13 & 14, 2010, at 8pm. Sting’s engagement at this legendary opera house is part of his world tour, during which he will perform his most celebrated songs re-imagined for symphonic arrangement. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be conducted by Maestro Steven Mercurio (Pavarotti, Bocelli).

“The Metropolitan Opera has such a rich cultural history in supporting and celebrating a truly diverse range of artists. It is both an honor and a thrill to have the opportunity to perform at this renowned landmark,” commented Sting.

Sting’s diverse and illustrious career has produced numerous multi-platinum albums, a staggering list of number one songs, countless accolades, and worldwide record sales of nearly 100 million. On the upcoming world tour, Sting’s greatest hits will be re-interpreted with brand new orchestrations created especially for this tour. Selections will include fan-favorites such as “Roxanne,” “Next To You,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” and “Every Breath You Take,” to notable songs from Sting’s enduring solo career – “Englishman in New York,” “Fragile,” “Russians,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” “Fields of Gold,” and “Desert Rose.”

Performed in a variety of settings, the tour begins on June 2 with a sold out show in Vancouver at the Centre for Performing Arts, followed by already sold-out shows at such notable venues as Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, and Chastain Park in Atlanta. Sting will also make a two-night stop at the renowned Ravinia Festival in Chicago before the tour concludes on July 31 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Centre. Following the North American dates, An Evening with Sting featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will perform throughout Europe and the UK, with dates, cities and venues to be announced soon.

Sting’s interest in collaborating with an orchestra began in 2008, when he was invited to perform with the legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra. After reworking selections from his expansive catalog, Sting and several members of his longtime band joined the orchestra in a performance that left an indelible mark on him. Eager to explore the possibilities of further symphonic collaboration, Sting was excited when the Philadelphia Orchestra asked him to join them in commemoration of the 153rd anniversary of the Academy of Music.

“Performing with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra was truly a highlight of my career. I’m delighted by this new opportunity to tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and reinterpret the songs I’ve been playing for many years,” added Sting.

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra has previously performed with internationally renowned artists ranging from opera luminaries Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa, and the late Luciano Pavarotti to such popular cultural icons as Burt Bacharach, George Benson, Michel Legrand, Diana Krall, Tina Turner, and Randy Newman. The 45-piece orchestra will be featured on all North American concert dates of the tour.

Sting will also be joined by a quartet comprised of Dominic Miller (Sting’s longtime guitarist), David Cossin (a multi-percussion specialist in new and experimental music and featured member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars), Jo Lawry (vocalist), and Ira Coleman (bassist).

The tour is promoted by Live Nation and produced by RZO Entertainment, Inc. in association with Universal Music Classical Management & Productions.

“We are thrilled to be a part of bringing this exciting and unique tour with Sting to the world,” said Arthur Fogel (CEO/Chairman Live Nation Global Touring). “The arrangements, combined with Sting’s brilliant songwriting and musicianship, will no doubt result in a magical evening of music.”

Xerox is the tour sponsor.

Our global sponsorship of Sting's 2010 world tour offers an opportunity for Xerox to showcase not only Sting's legendary talents but also the real business of entertainment,” said Christa Carone, vice president, Marketing and Communications, Xerox. “Every great performance depends on a smoothly run backstage and that's the role Xerox plays behind the scenes with our customers today. Our technology and services will support the needs of the tour so that they can focus on what they do best: giving Sting's fans around the world a magical evening of music.”

Starwood Hotels and Resorts is the official hotel partner.

“As one of the most celebrated artists of our time, we're thrilled to be the Official Hotel sponsor of the 2010 Sting tour. This sponsorship provides a distinctive opportunity for us to reward our loyal members by connecting with them through their passion for music,” said Phil McAveety, Chief Brand Officer for Starwood.

For complete Tour and Ticket information, Fan Club Memberships, Merchandise and more, visit:

www.sting.com & www.livenation.com

For official press materials, high resolution photos & more, visit:

www.sting.com/PR

An Evening With

Sting

Featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

Conducted by Steven Mercurio

The Metropolitan Opera House

July 13 & 14

American Express® Cardmembers have the exclusive opportunity to purchase advance tickets for the two STING performances at The Metropolitan Opera from Monday, April 12 at 10am through Wednesday, April 14 at 10pm. Preferred Seating available to Gold Card, Platinum Card and Centurion members. For tickets, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.

The public on sale for these concerts will take place on Friday, April 16th at 10:00 am. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com and charge by phone 800-745-3000.

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