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Classical & Opera in New York - April 2017

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

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: Closes 13th May 2017

Disguises, duels and duets are the order of the day in Richard Strauss' magnificently extravagant Der Rosenkavalier, or the Rose-bearer, being the name of an engagement tradition in mid-eighteenth century Vienna. The task is simple, elect someone to deliver to your beloved a silver rose as proof of your love and reap the reward in matrimony. But woe-betide you if you chose the wrong man, especially if he is younger, more handsome and altogether a lot more desirable than you... More info

: Closes 27th April 2017

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 12th May 2017

The spectre of the Flying Dutchman has long been a terrifying sight for sailors. At its heart is a wretch of a captain, damned by Satan to roam the oceans forever, with the chance of salvation presented once only every seven years, when they may go ashore and attempt to find true love. Wagner's nautical adventure is a thrilling and haunting opera and marked a turning point in his career. More info

: Closes 11th May 2017

The ever enduring Don Giovanni returns to the Metropolitan Opera. Mozart's libertine philanderer is cast in a decidedly darker light in this staging, whose story of unavenged justice incorporates tragedy and black comedy, as well as the supernatural elements which ultimately downfall. Giovanni is no misunderstood hero in this production, which was created by acclaimed British director and producer Michael Grandage. More info

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