Monday, March 12, 2012

The week in NY opera (March 12-18)

A less drab week than has been recently on offer.

Metropolitan Opera:
Elisir (M/F), Khovanshchina (T/SM), Don Giovanni (W/SE), Macbeth (Th)
National Council Finals (Sunday 3pm)

Damrau, Florez, Kwiecien, and Corbelli continue their month of Elisir, while Finley and Terfel's Don Giovanni and Mussorgsky's apology for old Russian death-cult fundamentalism both wrap up this week. The nominal novelty is German soprano Nadja Michael's debut in Macbeth (with Thomas Hampson), but most longtime Met-watchers will perhaps more savor Sunday's Council Finals and its chance to see future stars (or lesser lights) in a rather earlier stage of development.

New York City Opera:
Cosi Fan Tutte (Sunday 1:30pm)
No longer at Lincoln Center, NYCO appears somewhat nearby at the Gerald Lynch Theater (59th between 10th and 11th). This Cosi runs for a week in a Christopher Alden production.

Carnegie Hall:
American Symphony Orchestra Notre Dame (Sunday 2pm)
Perhaps having run out of rarities people have actually heard of, Botstein presents a concert version here of Franz Schmidt's late-late-late-Romantic opera on Victor Hugo's novel.

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