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Opera in New York City This Week - October 8-October 15

October 8, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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Opera in New York City This Week
The Metropolitan Opera is world-class and world famous, and it's among the comprehensive opera listings you can find on City Guide's calendar. In addition to the famous season of the Met Opera, full of huge opera stars, famous classics, and world premieres, you'll also find listings for the New York City Opera and operatic performances at places like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

Turandot - Metropolitan Opera
Through October 12, 0201 - New York

Puccini's grand spectacle of legendary China stars Oksana Dyka and Martina Serafin in the role of the ice princess and Aleksandrs Antonenko as the unknown prince who must thaw her heart or die. Maria Agresta, Hei-Kyung Hong, and James Morris are among the other remarkable artists featured in this cherished Franco Zeffirelli production, led by Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato.

Crossing - BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Through October 08, 2017 - Brooklyn

Composed, written, and conducted by Matthew Aucoin American Repertory Theater Directed by Diane Paulus Part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival At the crux of Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" lies the question: "What is it, then, between us?" In Crossing, 27-year-old composer and conductor Matthew Aucoin explodes Whitman's "us" to operatic proportions, taking inspiration from the diary the poet kept while volunteering as a Civil War nurse. Stunningly rendered by pioneering, Boston-based orchestra collective A Far Cry and American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin), Aucoin's taut chamber opera imagines Whitman, played by baritone Rod Gilfry (the loser, 2016 Next Wave; Anna Nicole, 2013 Next Wave), drawn deep into a fraught, sensual relationship with wounded young soldier John Wormley (tenor Alexander Lewis). In the shadows of a DC sick ward, haunted by the dreams and nightmares of its inmates, the two men grapple with questions that threaten to tear each other—and their country—apart. Choreography by Jill Johnson Set design by Tom Pye Costume design by David Zinn Lighting design by Jennifer Tipton Projection design by Finn Ross ... (read more)

Crossing+Matthew Aucoin, American Repertory Theater, Diane Paulus - BAM
Through October 08, 2017 - New York

Composer Matthew Aucoin makes his BAM debut with this chamber opera taking inspiration from Walt Whitman's Civil War diary, directed by American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus.Whitman's song of America, operatic and intimate.

La Bohème - Metropolitan Opera
October 09, 2017 - New York

The world's most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva (left) share the role of the fragile Mimì, with Dmytro Popov, Russell Thomas, and Michael Fabiano alternating as the poet Rodolfo. Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato share conducting duties.

Die Zauberflöte - Metropolitan Opera
October 10, 2017 - New York

Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length German version of Mozart's magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor's spectacular production, which captures both the opera's earthy comedy and its noble mysticism. Production a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis

Die Zauberflöte - The Metropolitan Opera
October 10, 2017 - New York

Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length German version of Mozart's magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor's spectacular production, which captures both the opera's earthy comedy and its noble mysticism. Production a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis Additional funding from John Van Meter, The Annenberg Foundation, Karen and Kevin Kennedy, Bill Rollnick and Nancy Ellison Rollnick, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller, Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman, and Mr. and Mrs. Ezra K. Zilkha

The Screams of Kitty Genovese in Concert - 54 Below
October 11, 2017 - New York

"In addition to being one of the most powerful operas of the last decade, The Screams of Kitty Genovese gave me hope for the renewal of musical theater." –The New Republic On a chilly, March evening in 1964, a young woman was brutally murdered outside her Queens apartment building while nearly 40 witnesses drew their curtains and locked their doors, instead of offering to help. That woman was Kitty Genovese. Her story has fascinated the public for decades, resulting in books, documentaries and even a musical. The Screams of Kitty Genovese, with a score by English composer Will Todd and lyrics by David Simpatico, was last seen in New York at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2008. Now, members of the original company will reunite to sing this score and honor the memory of Kitty Genovese. Frightening, moving and gloriously sung, The Screams of Kitty Genovese will stay with audiences for many years to come. The concert is presented as part of the Second Act Series, produced by Steven Carl McCasland and James Horan. McCasland directs, with Musical Direction by James Horan. Each evening revisits a short-lived musical, highlighting its neglected score and inviting a... (read more)

Superjoint with Devildriver & Guests - Gramercy Theater
October 11, 2017 - New York

Accessible accommodations should purchase a General Admission ticket and will be taken care of at the venue day of event.

Norma - Metropolitan Opera
October 11, 2017 - New York

Ponselle, Milanov, Sutherland, Callas … after last night, Radvanovsky can add her name to the list," declared the Huffington Post when Sondra Radvanovsky made her Met role debut as Norma in 2013. The 2017–18 season opens with a new production of Bellini's masterpiece, starring Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma's unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar's evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule.

Happy Hour Karaoke with Matt Hartman - Sid Gold's Request Room
October 12, 2017 - New York

Matt grew up listening to Ben Folds, Elton John, and Billy Joel. When he's not playing at Sid Gold's, you can find him playing on the Internet.

Turandot - The Metropolitan Opera
October 12, 2017 - New York

Puccini's grand spectacle of legendary China stars Oksana Dyka and Martina Serafin in the role of the ice princess and Aleksandrs Antonenko as the unknown prince who must thaw her heart or die. Maria Agresta, Hei-Kyung Hong, and James Morris are among the other remarkable artists featured in this cherished Franco Zeffirelli production, led by Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato. Production a gift of Mrs. Donald D. Harrington Revival a gift of the NPD Group, Inc.

Opera Favorites: Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón - Americas Society
October 13, 2017 - New York

The Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón is the training division of Teatro Colón, one of the leading opera houses in the Americas. It has been training artists for the world's opera and ballet stages for decades. For the tenth year, a group of talented young singers—winners of the Concurso Alejandro Cordero—will join Music of the Americas for an evening of opera favorites, led by pianist Eduviges Picone. From the tragic to the comedic, the lyrical to the light, these rising stars bring a dynamism and intimate passion all their own to the New York stage.

Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt: A Site-Specific Opera for Families - American Museum of Natural History
October 13, 2017 - New York

Join Rhoda as she hunts for missing fossils throughout the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs! This opera by composer John Musto is based on the real-life experiences of Rhoda Knight Kalt and her grandfather Charles R. Knight, the famous naturalist illustrator whose paintings and sculptures are still on display at the Museum today. About the Opera Co-commissioned and co-produced with Lyric Opera of Chicago's Lyric Unlimited and Pittsburgh Opera, Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt is based on the real-life experiences of 8-year-old Rhoda Knight Kalt and her trips to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) with her grandfather Charles R. Knight, the famous naturalist artist who was commissioned to create paintings and sculptures of prehistoric creatures – many still on display at the AMNH today. The opera premieres in the AMNH's Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs in the fall 2017 before traveling to Chicago (Lyric Unlimited) and Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Opera).

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) - Metropolitan Opera
October 13, 2017 - New York

Vittorio Grigolo sings the title role of the tortured poet in Offenbach's glittering treatment of the stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann. Bartlett Sher's production provides a vibrant backdrop for this operatic journey through the hero's many love affairs. Johannes Debus conducts. Production a gift of the Hermione Foundation, Laura Sloate, Trustee; and the Gramma Fisher Foundation, Marshalltown, Iowa Additional funding from the Estate of Helen F. Kelbert, and Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) - The Metropolitan Opera
October 13, 2017 - New York

Vittorio Grigolo sings the title role of the tortured poet in Offenbach's glittering treatment of the stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann. Bartlett Sher's production provides a vibrant backdrop for this operatic journey through the hero's many love affairs. Johannes Debus conducts. Production a gift of the Hermione Foundation, Laura Sloate, Trustee; and the Gramma Fisher Foundation, Marshalltown, Iowa Additional funding from the Estate of Helen F. Kelbert, and Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller

La Bohème - Metropolitan Opera
October 14, 2017 - New York

The world's most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva (left) share the role of the fragile Mimì, with Dmytro Popov, Russell Thomas, and Michael Fabiano alternating as the poet Rodolfo. Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato share conducting duties.

Die Zauberflöte - Metropolitan Opera
October 14, 2017 - New York

Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length German version of Mozart's magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor's spectacular production, which captures both the opera's earthy comedy and its noble mysticism. Production a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis

Die Zauberflöte - The Metropolitan Opera
October 14, 2017 - New York

Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length German version of Mozart's magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor's spectacular production, which captures both the opera's earthy comedy and its noble mysticism. Production a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis Additional funding from John Van Meter, The Annenberg Foundation, Karen and Kevin Kennedy, Bill Rollnick and Nancy Ellison Rollnick, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller, Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman, and Mr. and Mrs. Ezra K. Zilkha

Martin Halpern Chamber Opera "Last Wishes" - Shetler Studios
Through October 14, 2017 - NY

Composer/librettist Martin Halpern presents his comic chamber opera "Last Wishes," in which aging Irving Rifkin must decide upon his final resting place - is it to be next to his first wife or his current wife?? Cast is sopranos Emily Stokes and Judith Barnes, tenor Aram Tchobanian, and baritone Jim Trainor, accompanied by pianist Earl Buys.

Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt: A Site-Specific Opera for Families - American Museum of Natural History
October 15, 2017 - New York

Join Rhoda as she hunts for missing fossils throughout the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs! This opera by composer John Musto is based on the real-life experiences of Rhoda Knight Kalt and her grandfather Charles R. Knight, the famous naturalist illustrator whose paintings and sculptures are still on display at the Museum today. About the Opera Co-commissioned and co-produced with Lyric Opera of Chicago's Lyric Unlimited and Pittsburgh Opera, Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt is based on the real-life experiences of 8-year-old Rhoda Knight Kalt and her trips to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) with her grandfather Charles R. Knight, the famous naturalist artist who was commissioned to create paintings and sculptures of prehistoric creatures – many still on display at the AMNH today. The opera premieres in the AMNH's Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs in the fall 2017 before traveling to Chicago (Lyric Unlimited) and Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Opera).

The Metropolitan Opera Guild Debuts DaCapo Arts Administration Program - The Metropolitan Opera Learning Center
Through October 15, 2017 - New York

Enhancing its mission to provide opera-based education for the wider community, the Metropolitan Opera Guild unveils DaCapo (Developing Artistic and Creative Administrative Professionals) to educate the arts administration students, who will be the next generation of performing arts directors, managers, and stewards. Registration will open Tuesday, August 29 for the new two-day intensive arts education program, which will take place October 14th and 15th at the Opera Learning Center. Session topics include: Advanced Planning & Production; Crisis Management; Artist & Personnel Management; Community Outreach & Education; Development in Action; and Building a Career in the Arts.

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