Monday, February 11, 2013

The week in NY opera (February 11-17)

Good Friday comes early this year, or something. UPDATE (9pm): meanwhile, an opera company that hopes everyone else in NYC isn't as forgetful as I am kicks off its season.

Metropolitan Opera
Rigoletto (T/SM), Carmen (W/SE), Parsifal (F)
Elisir has left the building, but the season's most anticipated new show arrives with Francois Girard's Parsifal. On the one hand, the last Quebecois director in Wagner (Lepage) blew a huge sum of money for not much; on the other hand, the last film director to debut (Minghella) had a great success. So... the cast, of course, is remarkable.

Brooklyn Academy of Music
New York City Opera Power Her Face (F/SuM)
If you didn't get enough Thomas Ades this season with his Met premiere Tempest, City-Opera-in-exile revives his first operatic attempt.

Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Juilliard Opera Don Pasquale (W/F/SuM)
Stars soprano Deanna Breiwick, who was a Met Council Finalist in 2011 (when I couldn't go myself).

Endellion Quartet (F/SE/SuM)
The English group offers the first half of their full Beethoven cycle at the Met Museum. Second half is next week.

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