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Classical & Opera in New York - February 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Classical & Opera in New York for the month of February 2016


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: Closes 5th May 2016

Franco Zefferelli presents a magnificent cast starring Angela Gheorghiu as the frail Mimi, with Ramon Vargas taking on the role of her passionate lover, Rodolfo in his iconic production of this Puccini favorite. Innovative young conductor Nicola Luisotti oversees a glorious vocal ensemble that proves once again why this opera is the most performed at the Met. More info

: 17th February

In May 2009, three fresh-faced teenagers appeared on the popular Italian talent show Ti Lascio Una Canzone and dazzled television viewers with their flawless rendition of the Neapolitan standard O Sole Mio. Having successfully survived the rocky road from talent show sensations to respected artists, this trio of Italian pop-opera teenage singers return to the US! More info

: Closes 12th April 2016

Anthony Minghella's breathtakingly beautiful and powerfully dramatic production returns, with the lead roles of Cio-Cio San shared by Patricia Racette and Kristine Opolais, and the cruel Pinkerton sung by Massimo Giordano, Roberto Alagna, and Roberto De Biasio. Conducted by Karel Mark Chichon in his Met Opera debut, 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 20th February 2016

If anybody was ever in doubt as to where nineteenth century Catholic Italian loyalties lay, this tragic opera commemorating the suffering of the doomed queen Mary, Queen of Scots at the hands of her cousin Elizabeth I, shows the lie of the land perfectly. The dark intrigue of the Tudor court is thrillingly brought to life by Sir David McVicar with a fiery confrontation between the two Queens culminating in Mary's heartbreaking, bravura death scene at the executioner's block. Sondra Radvanovksy sings Mary's part, while Elizabeth is sung by South African soprano Elza van den Heever. 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

: Closes 11th March 2016

Sir Richard Eyre's production sees Puccini's opera move from 18th century France to World War II occupied Paris, with Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann singing the lead roles in a tale of obsessive love between a country girl-turned temptress, and a poor student. But when the Germans arrest her under suspicion of spying, can Des Grieux save her from certain death? More info

: Closes 26th February 2016

The Met Opera presents a double bill of operas - Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo. This pair of exciting new productions created by Sir David McVicar will see esteemed tenor Marcelo Alvarez perform the lead role in both works. Arguably the most tragic of operatic works, the two operas are both set in Sicily, with Cavalleria Rusticana set in a rustic village square in 1900, whilst Pagliacci is brought forward to a 1940s truck stop in the same area. Jealousy and betrayal are the common denominators, along with the Sicilian setting. More info

: Closes 26th March 2016

The Metropolitan Opera are kicking off this season with Le Nozze di Figaro, brilliantly updated to the gilded 1930s of Seville. Set over the course of one mad cap 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. This is a new production and is directed by Sir Richard Eyre, conducted by Edo de Waart and stars Erwin Schrott in the title role. More info

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