There is Opera in New York City at the Metropolitan Opera House and David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, BAM and in summer, in city parks.
Opera NYC Festivals
- New York OperaFest
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Latin Opera in NYC
Friday, September 2, 2022
Garment District, Manhattan
Tue-Thu, June 7-9, 2022
EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO
“El Barrio” East Harlem
Saturday, April 23, 2022
METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE
September 27, 2021 – June 11, 2022
NEW PRODUCTION PREMIERE
The Metropolitan Opera opens Ivo van Hove’s new production of Mozart’s Italian opera “Don Giovanni,” at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center on Friday, May 5, 2023 at 7pm. From $39.50. 🇮🇹
HISTORIC MET OPERA PREMIERE
The Metropolitan Opera opens a new Met production of Terence Blanchard’s groundbreaking Jazz Opera “Champion,” the story of African American boxer Emile Griffith, at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center on Monday, April 10, 2023 at 8pm. From $49.50. 🇺🇸
New York City Opera presents Joel Grey’s “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis,” about how no one is immune from social violence, at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in the Museum of Jewish Heritage at Robert F. Wagner Park in Manhattan’s Financial District, January 27 – February 6, 2023. 🇮🇹✡️
Andrea Bocelli “A Family Christmas” brings Matteo and Virginia of the Bocelli family for a night of Pop Opera at Madison Square Garden in Chelsea, Manhattan on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 8:30pm. From $110. 🇮🇹
NEW PRODUCTION PREMIERE (NEW YEAR’S EVE)
The Metropolitan Opera opens David McVicar’s new production of Giordano’s Italian opera “Fedora,” the tale of a Russian princess who falls in love with her fiancé’s murderer, at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 6:30pm. Soprano Sonya Yoncheva stars. From $39.50. 🇮🇹
SEASON OPENER AND NEW PRODUCTION PREMIERE
The Metropolitan Opera opens its 137th Season (2022-23) with a new David McVicar production of Cherubini’s Italian opera “Medea,” at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, on Tuesday, September 27 at 6pm. Sondra Radvanovsky stars. American soprano Janai Brugger sings Glauce. From $32.50. 🇮🇹
The Metropolitan Opera premieres a new “Lucia di Lammermoor” starring Puerto Rican soprano Nadine Sierra and Mexican tenor Javier Camarena on Sat, Apr 23, 2022 at 8pm. From $30. 🇮🇹🇲🇽🇵🇷
The History of Opera
Opera is originally an Italian form of music theatre from Florence that sought to revive Greek drama traditions in the 1600s. It soon spread around Europe and then to the Americas.
One of the most unusual opera houses in the Americas is the Amazon Theatre (Teatro Amazonas) in the jungle city of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. The first opera there was in 1897.
The development of Opera roughly follows the periods of Classical music, which in turn reflect the social changes stirring the world.
16th Century Beginnings (1600 – 1750)
Opera began as an attempt by the Florentine Camerata, a group of intellectuals in Florence Italy, to revive the original form of Greek drama. They believed that Greek drama was sung throughout. Jacopo Peri composed Dafne, considered the first opera, in 1597. It was popular.
Baroque Period (1750 – 1800)
Italian courts began performing operas for the entertainment of distinguished guests. Opera spread across Italy. The first opera house opened in Venice in 1637. This brought courtly entertainment to the masses, and encouraged other cities to open their own opera houses.
Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo is the most famous Baroque Opera.
Operas from this period were serious stories (opera seria).
Classical Period Opera (1750 – 1800)
Opera changed in the Classical Period.
Comedy (opera buffa) lightened the tone of opera.
Composers began to be influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment. They made operas that were simpler and more natural.
Romantic Period Opera (1800 – 1890)
The French Revolution (1789 – 1799) changed everything. It expanded the possibilities of operatic stories.
Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini composed lyrical scores in what became known as the Bel Canto style (beautiful singing).
Wagner revolutionized the form with his large-scale mythological operas including Der Ring des Nibelungen (1876) and Parsifal (1882).
Verismo Opera (1890 – 1920)
Verismo Opera was a period of renewal of the form in which composers took a realistic approach to their stories. Puccini (1858 – 1924) dominated this tradition with La Bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), and Madama Butterfly (1904).
20th Century Opera (1900 – 2000)
The popularity of Opera began to fail as the world blew itself up in World War I (1914 – 1918) and World War II (1939 – 1945).
The Post-War years opened up so many possibilities that contemporary Opera may no longer be recognizable as Opera.