Monday, April 18, 2011

The week in NY opera (April 18-24)

Not sure how I forgot to list the CSO Otello last week, except that I was sick beginning last weekend. Didn't see any opera (or the recital I had tickets to). This week should be different.

Metropolitan Opera:
Comte Ory (M/Th), Capriccio (T/SM), Il Trovatore (W/SE), Die Walk├╝re (F)
Comte Ory and Capriccio close their runs, the latter with a matinee moviecast this Saturday, while Trovatore and Valkyrie begin their sold-out returns to the Met. Trovatore brings back much of its great original cast, while Valkyrie is of course installment #2 in the new Lepage Ring that began opening night.

New York City Opera:
Seance on a Wet Afternoon (T/W/F/SM/SuM)
This first opera by musical theater composer Stephen Schwartz premiered at its commissioning company, Opera Santa Barbara, in 2009, but gets its first New York performances now. It also brings Lauren Flanigan back to the house at which she used to be ubiquitous.

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