Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Though the "season" is still a ways off, this week brings a fully staged show to the city: Janacek's great Jenufa, last seen here five years ago. That was a starry Met cast featuring the greatest operatic performer, Karita Mattila; this is a more modest offering by William Hobbs' Opera Slavica. Two separate casts will perform this Thursday and Friday night at Czech Center New York's Bohemian National Hall.

Real opera before Labor Day at a conveniently located UES venue? Seems like a good deal for $20 (advance) / $25 (door).

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Meanwhile, Carnegie Hall has opened its box office to non-subscribers as of Monday. Your choices may vary -- there are plenty of non-vocal offerings of interest -- but highlights are likely to include Joyce DiDonato's Handel concert (November 18 in the big hall), Dorothea Röschmann's lieder recital (January 23 at Zankel), and -- if Rolando Villazon (or somebody...) can actually sing the tenor part -- Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Verdi's Requiem (October 23).

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