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Classical & Opera in New York - November 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Classical & Opera in New York for the month of November 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 9th December 2017

Julie Taymor's fantasy production of The Magic Flute returns for the holidays! Complete with dancing bears and giant flamingos. It is sung in English and runs a brisk 100 minutes making this abridged holiday version a great night out for families. 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 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 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 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 2nd December 2017

Jules Massenet's tale of sensuality and spirituality bears a remarkable resemblance to Marius Petipa's ballet La Bayadere in that it also centers around a seductive priestess and a holy man. Created in 1894 for the Paris Opera, it is one of the most seductive and introspective operas ever to grace the stage. The titular Thais will be sung by Ailyn Perez in the role of an Egyptian courtesan and priestess of Venus whom the Christian monk Athanael tries to convert to the new faith. But as she finds her salvation in Christ, he becomes obsessed with her sexually and falls to lust. More info

: Closes 2nd December 2017

Four performances of Verdi's enchanting Requiem arrives this November, after a nine-year absence from Met Opera. Conducted by James Levine, Verdi's great mass will be led by talented soloists Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto. Originally written in memory of Italian poet and Verdi's peer, Alessandro Manzoni in 1874, it was a great hit, with comparisons being made to Mozart's Requiem! More info

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