Monday, January 16, 2012

The week in NY opera (January 16-22)

Metropolitan Opera:
Faust (M/Th), Enchanted Island (T*/SM), Tosca (W/SE)
Aleksandrs Antonenko brings his forceful tenor to Tosca.
* Tuesday's (starred) Enchanted Island is the one just before this Saturday's matinee moviecast, which means that the camera equipment and lights will be out in force. Do not sit in side orchestra, front orchestra, or side parterre -- the house is not interested in optimizing patron experience on these nights, but in making the eventual broadcast go well.

Carnegie Hall:
Megan Hart/Elliot Madore recital (Monday 5:30PM)
Mireille Asselin/José Rubio recital (Wednesday 5:30PM)
The Song Continues... Annual Recital (Th)
American Symphony concert (F)

Most of the interest this week is in the events of "The Song Continues...", which include the above duo recitals by young singers, masterclasses by Marilyn Horne, Renee Fleming, and Graham Johnson, and Friday's concluding mixed recital with, among others, guest star Joyce DiDonato. Friday's ASO concert is mostly non-operatic vocal material by Stravinsky, but it does include his short neo-classical opera Mavra.

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Thomas Hampson recital (Sunday 7PM)
A program of American songs to coincide with the opening of the (other) Met's New American Wing.

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