New York's Met is ready to tour Japan this summer
25 April 2011, New York, US
Peter Gelb(Photo: Dario Acosta / Metropolitan Opera)
The Metropolitan Opera in New York has confirmed that they are ready to proceed with their planned tour of Japan this summer.
Several members of the company have expressed concern about safety following the 8.9-magnitude earthquake, which struck Japan 400km (250 miles) north-east of Tokyo on 11 March.
Radiation levels at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima that was damaged during the earthquake and ensuing tsunami remain very serious, and the removal of radioactive debris from the site is not expected to conclude until July.
The Met’s General Manager, Peter Gelb, has said that they “will continue to monitor the situation, and if it should worsen, we will reevaluate.”
Gelb added that “Our visit to Japan will raise the spirits of the Japanese people, who are in need of visible shows of support and solidarity.”