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.
NYC Opera News
The Metropolitan Opera’s “Cinderella” English holiday version of Massenet’s “Cendrillon” stars Argentine American mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center from Dec 17, 2021 – Jan 3, 2022. From $30. 🇫🇷🇦🇷
The Metropolitan Opera premieres a new staging of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center on New Year’s Eve, Fri, Dec 31 at 6pm. From $52. 🇮🇹
New Year’s Eve
Friday, December 31, 2021
METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE
September 27, 2021 – June 11, 2022
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Friday, July 2, 2021, 7pm
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November 9, 2021 – May 27, 2021
METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE
Thursday, June 25, 2020
CARNEGIE HALL LIVE
Wed, November 20, 2019
UPPER WEST SIDE, NYC ~ The French Swiss American Spanish pop opera group sing songs from The Christmas Collection at the Beacon Theatre
MEATPACKING & CHELSEA; Wed-Mon, Oct 3-8, 2018; Contemporary opera live music ~ An incredible participatory experience
Produced by Americas Society
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Tuesday – Wednesday
June 5 – 6, 2018
NEW YORK CITY OPERA
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Thursday – Sunday
January 25 – 28, 2018
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Francesca Beale Theater
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
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.