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Classical & Opera in New York - December 2017

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

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: Closes 14th December 2017

A disciple of Luciano Pavarotti and Zucchero Fornaciari, the blind, Tuscany-born vocalist has emerged as one of the most exciting voices in contemporary opera. 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

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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

: 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 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 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

: 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

: 22nd December

International superstar singing group, The Tenors have bolstered their popularity in recent years by performing in Las Vegas and during the Grey Cup broadcast. More info

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