Audrey Luna via The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR's -
CAIRO – 8 November 2017: Grammy award-winning soprano Audrey Luna has broken records at the Metropolitan Opera by singing the highest note ever in the history of the institution, according to the New York Times.
The record was achieved during Luna’s performance in Thomas Adès’s newest opera, “The Exterminating Angel,” which runs from October 21 until November 21 and is based off the 1962 surrealist fantasy film of the same name.
Luna had previously achieved fame for her role as Ariel in Metropolitan Opera’s "The Tempest", also by Adès, for which she won the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Her performance in “The Exterminating Angel” was incredibly demanding vocally, but it was a feat she was fully capable of taking on.
She reaches a high note for a brief moment during the opera, yet the brief moment still marks the first time this note had been hit in the 137 years the Metropolitan Opera has been running.
The previous highest notes sung at the Met include a high G by Ellen Beach Yaw in 1908 and French soprano Lily Pons with a high F in 1931.