Opera in New York City is mostly at the Metropolitan Opera.
The New York City Opera still does a few shows, and we have some small Latin opera companies.
Opera is Latin since the Florentine Camerata (a group of intellectuals) decided to recreate Greek drama with music in 1597 Florence. There are many great European operas.
Latin Americans have been composing opera since 1701 in Peru, and then Mexico, and Brazil. Argentine tango vocals derive from Italian opera.
Jazz has recently been accepted as American Opera. Young Latins are stretching the form in new directions.
Thanks for sponsoring opera:
- Americas Society
- Metropolitan Opera
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Verdi’s “Nabucco” 🇮🇹
Puccini’s “La Bohème” 🇮🇹
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Davis’ “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X” 🇺🇸
Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” Holiday Presentation 🇺🇸
Bizet’s “Carmen” New Production 🇫🇷
Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” 🇮🇹
Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” 🇮🇹
Puccini’s “Turandot” 🇮🇹
Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” 🇫🇷
Laffont Grand Finals Concert
Puccini’s “La Rondine” 🇮🇹
Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” 🇺🇸
Adams’ “El Niño” 🇺🇸
Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” 🇮🇹
METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE, Lincoln Center
Opera in New York City
New York is an opera city.
The Metropolitan Opera season runs from September through June at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center.
New York City Opera produces a few shows annually, including in Bryant Park during summer.
The International Brazilian Opera Company occasionally produces opera. brazilianopera.com🇧🇷
Americas Society presents some opera.
The Argentine Consulate presents some opera. 🇦🇷
OPERA America’s National Opera Center has rehearsal studios and an opera theater in Chelsea, Manhattan. operaamerica.org
The Metropolitan Opera’s Free Summer HD Festival brings outdoor opera screenings to Lincoln Center.
New York OperaFest usually runs from April-June. newyorkoperafest.org
The Prototype Festival of opera and musical theatre is in January.
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.
Brazil and Mexico have strong opera traditions. In Argentina (with its 60% Italian heritage), opera evolved into tango. New York opera companies are starting to see jazz as the American opera.
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 (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.
Operas from this period were serious stories (opera seria). Claudio Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo” is the most famous Baroque Opera.
Classical Period Opera (1750 – 1800)
Opera changed in the Classical Period. Comedy (opera buffa) lightened its tone. Influenced by the Enlightenment, composers began to write 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). Verdi (Italian, 1813 – 1901) dominated the second half of the 19th century with Rigoletto (1851), Il Trovatore (1855), La Traviata (1855), “Otello” (1887), and “Falstaff” (1893).
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 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)
Opera’s popularity 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.
21st Century Opera (2000-Present)
Young people are embracing opera in its contemporary forms. American Latins are stretching opera into new forms.