Monday, February 25, 2013

The week in NY opera (February 25-March 3)

Parsifal is on the air, rumors are in the air... we'll see about both.

Metropolitan Opera
Don Carlo (M/Th), Carmen (T/F), Parsifal (W*/SM)
No Saturday night performance as the Parsifal moviecast consumes the whole day's resources. Carmen wraps its run this Friday. Official season announcement is tomorrow.

* Wednesday's (starred) Parsifal 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.

Brooklyn Academy of Music
New York City Opera The Turn of the Screw (Th/SE)
Second and final week of the run.

Morgan Library
George London Foundation competition finals (Friday 4pm)
The event is currently sold out, but significant. The Met's competition finals is nine days later.

New York Philharmonic Carousel (W/Th/F/SM/SE)
I'm not much for musicals-as-opera, but opposite Broadway's Kelli O'Hara in this are Nathan Gunn and Stephanie Blythe (!!!).


  1. I would like to recommend an opera website.

  2. ...and so the season announcement. Lots of hype (incl NYT) about the drop in ticket prices, with Gelb admitting he's not filling the house, and blaming himself (HD b'casts) and God (Sandy) in the same sentence. But my subscription price went UP because they've added operas to many of the subscriptions.
    The subscriptions seem to be a mashup of productions and were I to renew, which at the point I doubt, I would be exchanging 5 of the 7 tickets.
    I suppose the schedule could be considered "eclectic" but to me it lacks excitement.

    I await your always informed and well-written opinion on the new season...


Absolutely no axe-grinding, please.