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Classical & Opera in New York - January 2018

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Classical & Opera in New York for the month of January 2018

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: Closes 5th April 2018

Sworn against love by the death of her mother, proud Princess Turandot prefers watching her suitors meet a grisly end and having their heads placed on spikes at the palace gates, yet they still vie to win her hand. When Calaf takes up the challenge, the unattainable beauty may have met her match in this lavish spectacle and final masterpiece from Puccini. More info

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: Closes 10th March 2018

Franco Zefferelli's spectacular production returns to the Met for the third time in 2017. Since its premiere in 1896, La Boheme has grown into one of the most beloved operas in the world, with only Puccini's other masterwork Madama Butterfly rivalling it for sheer popularity. This staging is split between two casts, and conducted by Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato. More info

: Closes 11th January 2018

Directed by Tony Award-winning Susan Stroman (The Producers), this production is a lavish take on Lehar's comic story of love blossoming amidst bureaucratic wrangling. Set against the background of fin de siecle Paris, scenes take place at Maxim's, with Susan Graham singing the role of the beguiling heiress that has all of Paris under her spell. Or is it her vast fortune that has men flocking to her in droves? More info

: Closes 1st February 2018

The Met Opera presents a double bill of operas - Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Sir David McVicar's incredible productions run back to back, with tenor Roberto Alagna performing the lead role in both works. Arguably the most tragic of operatic works, the two operas are both set in Sicily, with Cavalleria Rusticana set in a rustic village square in 1900, whilst Pagliacci is brought forward to a 1940s truck stop in the same area. Jealousy and betrayal are the common denominators, along with the Sicilian setting. More info

: Closes 19th January 2018

Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro returns to the Met, in a brilliant production by Richard Eyre. Set over the course of one madcap day, we re-join the characters of Figaro, Rosina and Count Almivira from The Barber of Seville, and the servants that have to outwit their increasingly outrageous behaviour. Among the performers are Sonya Yoncheva, Nadine Sierra, Isabel Leonard, Luca Pisaroni, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Ildar Abdrazakov​. More info

: Closes 12th May 2018

Undoubtedly the most highly regarded and beloved works in the canon, Puccini's tragic tale of revenge and murder is renewed by the Met this season with this brand new production from Sir David McVicar. Sharing the role of the sought after Prima donna will be Kristine Opolais and Anna Netrebko. Sit back and be transported back Rome on the edge of invasion in this marvelous melodrama. As perfect for first timers as it is for seasoned audiences. More info

: Closes 16th March 2018

Anthony Minghella's breathtakingly beautiful and powerfully dramatic production returns, with the lead roles of Cio-Cio San shared by Hui He and Ermonela Jaho, and the cruel Pinkerton sung by Roberto Aronica and Luis Chapa. This work is widely known as the opera that inspired the Broadway musical Miss Saigon; the tragic story sees a young Japanese bride abandoned by her American husband for a new wife back home. More info

: Closes 19th March 2018

From amazing child prodigy to breathtaking virtuoso, Joshua Bell has performed with every major orchestra worldwide. He came to national attention at the age of 14 in a highly acclaimed orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A Carnegie Hall debut, the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a recording contract further confirmed his presence in the music world. More info

: Closes 6th January 2018

A holiday treat for younger opera fans and a fabulous family outing! Helmed by Welsh National Opera's director Richard Jones, Donald Runnicles conducts the Metropolitan Opera's holiday production Hansel and Gretel. Experience their fear and trepidation as they journey their way through a labyrinthine forest, full of giant puppet chefs and suit-wearing trees, all the way to a huge industrial kitchen nestling inside an innocent gingerbread house to find the wicked witch. Full of surreal characters and settings, this opera is a feast for both the ears and eyes! More info

: 20th January

A celebrated tenor from Germany, the operatic superstar Jonas Kaufmann has been lauded by the global press as "the world's greatest tenor" (The Telegraph). Four years after his Carnegie Hall debut in 2014, Kaufmann returns once again with pianist Helmut Deutsch in his latest recital concert. He will be performing Die schone Müllerin cycle by Schubert, which was in turn based on the famed poems by Wilhelm Muller. More info

: Closes 15th February 2018

One of Verdi's most outlandish operas returns to the Met guided by the capable hands of Sir David McVicar. A tale of mistaken identity, obsessive love and horrifying tragedy plays against a backdrop of the Spanish Civil War. Gypsies, counts, troubadours and noblewomen all cross paths in a breakneck tale of revenge. What is the connection between the partisan Manrico and the devious Count di Luna? What dark secret does the mysterious gypsy guard with her life? And will the faithful, virginal Leonora ever be with her beloved Manrico? More info

: Closes 17th February 2018

Bartlett Sher's gorgeously romantic comedy opera returns to the Met, conducted by Domingo Hindoyan​. Pretty Yende​ and tenor Matthew Polenzani​ sing the two lead roles of Adina and Nemorino, with renowned bass Ildebrando D'Arcangelo​ singing the role of a certain mischievous salesman. More info

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