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.
The Metropolitan Opera is New York City’s big opera company. New York City Opera continues to produce several operas a year. We also get a few visiting companies.
Monday, April 20, 2020 METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE Lincoln Center
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 Dixon Place Lower East Side, Manhattan Tuesday – Wednesday June 5 – 6, 2018
May 14 – Sep 17, 2018 MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Opera in Bryant Park. FREE
New York City Opera Jazz at Lincoln Center Rose Theater Time Warner Center Broadway at 60th St Thursday – Sunday January 25 – 28, 2018
Film Society of Lincoln Center Francesca Beale Theater Thursday, October 19, 2017 EXTENDED AGAIN Thursday, November 16, 2017
Lincoln Center and venues across Manhattan October 18 – November 15, 2017
March 6, 2013 ARGENTINE CONSULATE NY Midtown, Manhattan – The opera festival opened with a special performance for diplomats.
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.