Monday, October 22, 2012

The week in NY opera (October 22-28)

Nothing tonight, but tomorrow is one of those evenings in NYC where too many things happen at once.

Metropolitan Opera
Tempest (T/SE), Trovatore (Th), Figaro (F), Otello (SM)
Short week, perhaps because of two productions beginning: The Tempest, in its house premiere, and Figaro, featuring Ildar Abdrazakov and perhaps the only real lyric soprano cultivated during Gelb's tenure -- Maija Kovalevska. Meanwhile Trovatore wraps up its fall run (it returns in January with a wholly different lineup of singers), and the moviecast Otello gives Johan Botha one last shot at recovering from his illness...

Carnegie Hall
Philadelphia Orchestra concert (T)
Gabriel Kahane concert (Th)
Marlis Petersen recital (F)

Call me a reactionary, but Yannick Nézet-Séguin's first Carnegie show as Philly's music director -- Verdi's Requiem, no less -- seems more tempting than the first of many Met evenings of The Tempest. But is Villazon seriously going to sing it? Composer/songwriter/performer Gabe Kahane has a classical/hipster pop show at Zankel Thursday, while the very German soprano Marlis Petersen offers a recital themed on Goethe's Faust the following evening at Weill.

Le Poisson Rouge
Metropolis Ensemble concert (T)
An Evening with Thomas Ades and "The Tempest" (F 6:30pm and 9pm)

The former show features a mini-opera on Tesla, a rearrangement of Berlioz's Nuits d’Ete sung by Keira Duffy, and a new song-cycle by Mohammed Fairouz sung by Kate Lindsey. Lindsey returns Friday, joined by the composer/conductor of and singers from the Met's Tempest, for a remix on the opera and other Shakespeare-themed stuff.

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