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Classical & Opera in New York - May 2016

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


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: Closes 26th May 2016

The world renowned Met Orchestra is back! Under the guidance of Music Director James Levine, they'll be showcasing an incredibly diverse repertoire featuring Evgeny Kissin tickling the ivories (rather powerfully) in Rachmaninoff's thrilling Piano Concerto No.2, enchanting soprano Renee Fleming performing a programme of Strauss' works and soprano Christine Goerke and tenor Johan Botha in excerpts from Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. More info

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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

: Closes 7th May 2016

When King Agamemnon is murdered by his devious wife Klytamnestra and her lover, his daughter Elektra vows bloodthirsty revenge in this highly charged tale of brutal violence and vengeful madness from Richard Strauss in collaboration with Hugo von Hofmannsthal. More info

: Closes 7th May 2016

Mozart's charming, if not somewhat vocally challenging Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail transports us to the lush palatial landscape of 18th century Turkey, or specifically, to the harem of the Pasha Selim. His newest additions are the victims of pirates, being a Spanish Lady Konstanze, her maid Blonden and Blonden's lover Pedrillo. But help is at hand, unbeknownst to her, Konstanze's fiancee Belmonte is mounting a rescue attempt, if he can get past the demented overseer Osmin first... 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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