Monday, March 21, 2011

The week in NY opera (March 21-27)

Metropolitan Opera:
Queen of Spades (M/SM), Romeo (T/SE), Comte Ory (Th), Tosca (F)
The big event is, of course, the Comte Ory premiere with Florez, DiDonato, and Damrau. Tosca also returns with a new, old-style cast: Urmana, Licitra, and Morris. Meanwhile both Queen of Spades and Romeo finish their runs on Saturday -- and if you haven't yet seen the Tchaikovsky, you should do so. Tuesday night's Romeo is conducted by Paul Nadler, not Domingo, so if you're interested in the show that's the one to see.

New York City Opera:
Elisir (T/Th/SM), Monodramas (F/SuM)
NYCO's spring season begins at last, with a revival of Jonathan Miller's Elisir production alternating with its triple-bill of one-soprano short operas (by Zorn, Schoenberg, and Feldman) from the last century. (If no one goes, at least they only have to pay three singers...)

Avery Fisher Hall:
New York Philharmonic Bluebeard's Castle (T)
Third of three concert performances of Bartok's masterpiece.

Alice Tully Hall:
Little Orchestra Society Joan of Arc at the Stake (M)
Instead of its usual childrens' fare, the the company is offering what seems to be a fairly elaborate version of Honegger's oratorio "Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher".

Maurizio Pollini plays Book I of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier at Carnegie Hall 3pm on Sunday.

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