Friday, March 04, 2011

The week in NY opera (Feb 28-Mar 6) (updated)

UPDATE 3/4: Forgot Lepage's version of the Nightingale at BAM (see below)

(An experiment in schedule-watching begins today. Production review posts are linked when possible, company sites when not. Feedback/suggestions on the format welcome.)

Metropolitan Opera:
Lucia (M/F), Armida (T/SM), Iphigenie (W/SE), Romeo & Juliette (Th)
In, I think, descending order of interest. Romeo has an excellent cast that begs for an equally excellent conductor, but Domingo's name recognition trumps musical considerations. Actually, all the casts are pretty impressive.

Avery Fischer Hall:
OONY L'Africaine (Wednesday 7:30pm)
Russian opera concert (Sunday 5pm)

After Huguenots I don't expect the Meyerbeer to be actually good, but it should be interesting. I really have no idea what to expect from Sunday's event beyond the presence of a lot of Russians, but it does have a nice lineup of performers including (non-Russian, but in town for Boris) Rene Pape.

Carnegie Hall:
Joyce DiDonato recital (Sunday 2pm)
Sign of the times -- DiDonato's name has reached the point where she's now headlining Carnegie's big hall solo. But it'll be hard to top her 2009 show at Zankel.

Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House:
The Nightingale and Other Short Fables (Fr/Su)
Opera by Stravinsky, production by Robert Lepage (the current Met Ring guy), show by the Canadian Opera Company. Two performances left, including one tonight.

Dicapo Opera:
The Saint of Bleeker Street (F/Su)
Never seen this one, actually.

Janine Jansen is playing French violin music at the somewhat overdone downtown hipster venue Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday.

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