Maria Stuarda (M/F), Troyens (T/SM), Turandot (W), Barber (Th/SE)
The new year brings a new David McVicar production -- the second in what seems to be a full cycle of Donizetti's three "queens". Tonight's Maria Stuarda is not just this and the annual New Year's gala, however: it's also the first truly feature appearance by American mezzo superstar Joyce DiDonato. As excellent as she's been in recital and in comedy, it's tragic drama that's most fully shown her talents. (Internet live-stream of tonight's premiere -- 6:25ET.) Meanwhile Les Troyens has its final two performances with not-Giordani substitute tenor Bryan Hymel, and Turandot returns with Irene Theorin, Hibla Gerzmava, and Walter Fraccaro as Calaf.
Avery Fisher Hall
Opera Orchestra of New York Andrea Chenier (Sunday 4pm)
The year's first OONY show stars Roberto Alagna and a singer of whom I'd not previously heard, Arkansas-by-way-of-Vienna soprano Kristin Lewis.