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Classical & Opera in New York - October 2015

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Classical & Opera in New York for the month of October 2015


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: Closes 30th January 2016

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 9th January 2016

This emotionally powerful opera depicts the last days of Anne Boleyn, the doomed second wife of England's heir-mad King Henry VIII. As his attention in his wife wains, her last days at court are numbered as he prepares the altar for his mistress and Anne's friend and confidant Jane Seymour. Defiant, but increasingly delusional as a fatal plot is cooked up against her. More info

: Closes 17th December 2015

Director Michael Mayer's hit production of Verdi's powerful tragedy sees 1500s Mantua replaced by a seedy and gaudy Las Vegas in 1960; the ideal setting for this eternal conflict of depravity and innocence. As with many operas, the themes of revenge, mistaken identities and divine intervention feature heavily in this; something that was quite hidden in Victor Hugo's original novel until Verdi put it to music. More info

: Closes 1st December 2015

None other than the great Placido Domingo will take up the conductor's baton for Met Opera's new staging of Puccini's masterpiece. This tragic tale traces the fate the eponymous heroine, whose lover's political leanings find her in a web of misfortune and murder that ultimately leads to the downfall of all involved. More info

: Closes 31st October 2015

Damnation awaits those who have enjoyed the pleasures of Venus, none more so than Tannhauser, the court minstrel who lives in the Venusberg - the home of the legendary deity, and pledges his love to her. But when his desires are satiated and he begs to leave, his hostess turns sour and curses his name. Once freed and able to live the simple life, he realises that the mark of Venus does not easily wash away. More info

: Closes 6th May 2016

One of the Metropolitan Opera's season staples, Otello, returns this year with Aleksandrs Antonenko in the title role, opposite Hibla Gerzmava as Desdemona and Zeljko Lucic as Iago. When the Moorish commander of the guard returns from a successful campaign, his scheming aide Iago starts planting doubts in his head about his beloved wife Desdemona and turning him into a paranoid man. Can Otello break free of Iago's influence before it leads to tragedy? More info

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