Monday, March 04, 2013

The week in NY opera (March 4-10)

Everyone enjoy the weekend trip to Monsalvat, I trust?

Metropolitan Opera
Francesca da Rimini (M/SE), Parsifal (T/F), Don Carlo (W/SM)
Met Council Finals (Sunday 3pm)

Maestro Gatti has left the building, but Parsifal runs two more nights with Asher Fisch in the pit. Meanwhile Francesca da Rimini (Zandonai's, not Rachmaninoff's or Tchaikovsky's) plays here for the first time in a generation.
The house is dark Thursday, but there is a Jonas Kaufmann signing event at 4pm in the store. Sunday is the annual Council Finals concert, this time hosted by 1995 winner Sondra Radvanovsky.

Carnegie Hall
Ensemble Matheus baroque concert (W)
Alek Shrader recital (F)

The French group includes Handel and Vivaldi arias in its baroque show at Zankel, while the 2007 Met Council winner presents a mixed recital at Weill.

Alice Tully Hall
CMS recital (F)
The local Chamber Music Society offers a program of romantic songs culminating with Brahms' (four-singer, two-pianist) Love-Song Waltzes.

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