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Classical & Opera in New York - May 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Classical & Opera in New York for the month of May 2017


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: Closes 13th May 2017

Disguises, duels and duets are the order of the day in Richard Strauss' magnificently extravagant Der Rosenkavalier, or the Rose-bearer, being the name of an engagement tradition in mid-eighteenth century Vienna. The task is simple, elect someone to deliver to your beloved a silver rose as proof of your love and reap the reward in matrimony. But woe-betide you if you chose the wrong man, especially if he is younger, more handsome and altogether a lot more desirable than you... More info

: 7th May

The Metropolitan Opera invites you to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary in their Lincoln Center home with a magical gala featuring some of the biggest stars in opera, performing pieces from Porgy and Bess, Samson et Dalila and more, including their inaugural production, Samuel Barber's Antony & Cleopatra. More info

: Closes 13th May 2017

Robert Alagna leads the charge as the charismatic swordsman and poet, for whom life is not complete without bashing a few heads together. But his bullying ways are tempered by his unrequited love for his cousin Roxanne... More info

: Closes 11th May 2017

The ever enduring Don Giovanni returns to the Metropolitan Opera. Mozart's libertine philanderer is cast in a decidedly darker light in this staging, whose story of unavenged justice incorporates tragedy and black comedy, as well as the supernatural elements which ultimately downfall. Giovanni is no misunderstood hero in this production, which was created by acclaimed British director and producer Michael Grandage. More info

: Closes 12th May 2017

The spectre of the Flying Dutchman has long been a terrifying sight for sailors. At its heart is a wretch of a captain, damned by Satan to roam the oceans forever, with the chance of salvation presented once only every seven years, when they may go ashore and attempt to find true love. Wagner's nautical adventure is a thrilling and haunting opera and marked a turning point in his career. More info

: 5th May

Based on the blistering gonzo journalism piece by Hunter S. Thompson, this raucous musical play gets its revival on the eve of the actual race! A celebration of the long-term partnership between Thompson and iconic illustrator Ralph Steadman, Chloe Webb's production is a stage adaptation of the 2012 concept album that originally starred actor Tim Robbins as the intrepid writer. With a full band playing the Dixieland brass, shivering strings and shrill woodwinds of the Deep South, lose yourself in this remarkable staging of the famous essay, that lampoons everything about the race day, from the traditions and the ghastly rich crowding the trackside. More info

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