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Classical & Opera in New York - October 2016

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

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: Closes 14th January 2017

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

: 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

: Closes 27th October 2016

A tale as old as time, (or at least one thousand years) Tristan and Isolde has long been considered the ultimate tale of passionate, romantic love in forbidden circumstances. With its universal theme of all-consuming love and bitter-sweet tragedy - it fits perfectly into Wagner's repertoire of epics. This new staging from Mariusz Trelinski promises to capture the power and pain of this ancient love triangle, in a large scale production, that brings the action into modern times, beginning on a lavish passenger ship in the Irish sea. Starring Nina Steeme and Stuart Skelton, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. More info

: Closes 17th November 2016

The Metropolitan Opera present Leos Janacek's 1904 seminal opera for the first time in nearly a decade this season. Familial honor is at stake, as a well-meaning woman takes terrible action to ensure her step-daughter's future in this emotionally overwrought psychological drama that pushes the performers and the audience. Starring Oksana Dya and Karita Mattia and conducted by David Robertson. More info

: Closes 12th November 2016

Rossini's final masterpiece is this epic tale of oppression and power and how one man takes on the might of the 13th Century Austrian occupation at great cost, both physical and emotional as Gessel, the Austrian Governor places Tell's own son in the firing line. With a rousing score that evokes the rumbling of storms and joyous merriment, this triumphant opera is truly a thing to behold! More info

: Closes 29th October 2016

A bumbling playboy pasha bored with his harem decides his passions will be re-ignited with the love of an Italian girl. Lucky for him Isabella has just begun working in his palace and her nationality fits the bill! Rather less luckily, Isabella only has eyes for Lindoro, her captured lover and she's hatching a plan to rescue him... More info

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