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Classical & Opera in New York - October 2017

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

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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 16th December 2017

After finding herself raised up to the level of some of the genre's most celebrated singers on her 2013 debut in the role, Sondra Radvanovsky returns to the Met as Bellini's iconic high-priestess, one of the most ambitious parts in the soprano repertoire. This explosive new production by Sir David McVicar opens the Met's 2017/18 season. More info

: Closes 21st November 2017

Much anticipated on these shores since its storming debut at the 2016 Salzburg Festival, the Met present the American premiere of Thomas Ades' dizzying new work. Adapted from the surreal Luis Bunel film of the same name, The Exterminating Angel concerns a fantastical dinner party in a mansion from which the guests cannot escape. Ades' conducts his kaleidoscopic score as chaos descends on the ensemble cast as their strange incarceration leads to madness. More info

: Closes 14th October 2017

Die Zauberflote or The Magic Flute comes back to the Metropolitan Opera starring Pretty Yuende and Toby Spence as the star-crossed lovers Parmina and Tamino. Staged in full German, this stirring tale of supernatural trials and adventure was one of of Mozart's most popular and continues to mesmerize audiences to this day. More info

: Closes 28th October 2017

The Metropolitan Opera present their take on the tales of the enigmatic Hoffman and his life and loves. From the delicate automaton Olympia to the beguiling courtesan Giulietta, we're drawn in to a fantastical world, learning how one man deals with the power of love and its many faces. More info

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