Opera in New York City

New York is a city of opera, the Italian art music that began in Florence, Italy at the end of the 16th century.

Met Opera’s new “La Traviata” stars Diana Damrau and Peruvian Tenor Juan Diego Flórez

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE, LINCOLN CENTER, December 15 (Sat), 18 (Tue), 22 (Sat) 2018 ~ Michael Mayer’s new production of Verdi’s beloved Italian opera. “Sempre libera degg’io” and “Addio, del passato.”
#ITALIAN #OPERA

Met Opera’s “Aida” stars Anna Netrebko and Anita Rachvelishvili

January 7, 2019, Monday
January 11, 2019, Friday
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2018 – 2019 Season
September 26, 2018 – March 7, 2019
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Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
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Grand Verdi Italian opera set in ancient Egypt

Met Opera’s new “Samson et Dalila” stars Rachvelishvili & Antonenko

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE, LINCOLN CENTER, Wed & Sun, March 13 & 16, 2019 ~ New cast for Saint-Saëns’ grand French opera

Met’s “Tosca” stars Jennifer Rowley and Wolfgang Koch

March 18 & 23, 2019
Monday & Saturday
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Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
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“Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore” (I lived for art, I lived for love)

Metropolitan Opera House

LINCOLN CENTER ~ Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theatre

Met’s Winter “La Bohème” stars Ailyn Pérez & Michael Fabiano

METROPOLITAN OPERA, LINCOLN CENTER, Thu, December 13, 2018 ~ Mexican-American soprano Ailyn Pérez and Italian-American tenor Michael Fabiano are Mimi and Rodolfo in Puccini’s classic
#ITALIAN #OPERA #LIVEMUSIC

Mile-Long Opera, a biography of 7 o’clock, 1,000 singers, 100 stories

October 3 – 8, 2018
Wednesday – Monday
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High Line
Meatpacking District & Chelsea, Manhattan

Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Hélène Grimaud to play Ravel with Heras-Casado

Spaniard Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the French pianist.
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Tickets on sale July 20, 2018

Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 2018 FREE

June 11 – 29, 2018

‘Kamchatka’ is a new opera about a boy’s view of Argentina’s Dirty War

Produced by Americas Society
Dixon Place
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Tuesday – Wednesday
June 5 – 6, 2018

SummerStage 2018 FREE concerts in NYC parks

JUNE – SEPTEMBER
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Central Park SummerStage
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Parks across NYC

New York City Opera in the Park in Bryant Park

Bryant Park
Midtown, Manhattan
Occasional Dates
May 14 – September 17, 2018
FREE

Met Opera’s ‘Roméo et Juliette’ stars Ailyn Pérez and Charles Castronovo

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
April 23 – May 12, 2018

Plácido Domingo Spanish-Mexican opera star conducts ‘Roméo et Juliette’

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
April 23 – May 12, 2018

‘Cendrillon’ is a new Met Opera production of Massenet’s Cinderella opera

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
April 12 – May 11, 2018

Verdi’s ‘Luisa Miller’ stars Spanish-Mexican opera legend Plácido Domingo

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
March 29 – April 21, 2018

Opera fans go mad for Donizetti’s Italian opera ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
March 22 – May 10, 2018

Met Opera’s 2018 ‘Semiramide’ stars Angela Meade & Javier Camarena

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
February – March
FINAL PERFORMANCE
Saturday, March 17, 2018

New Met Opera production of Mozart’s ‘Così fan tutte’ set in Coney Island

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
March 15 – April 19, 2018

Metropolitan Opera presents Strauss’ German opera ‘Elektra’

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
March 2018
Friday, March 23, 2018

Audiences can’t get enough of Mexican tenor Javier Camarena

‘Semiramide’
Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
February 19 – March 17, 2018

Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’ is an epic Arthurian Tale of the Holy Grail

Those who sit through this five-hour opera say they would immediately sit through it again. The music is that good.
Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
February 5 – 27, 2018

Grammys 2018 were a huge fail. ‘Despacito’ is Song of the Decade!

January 28, 2018 ~ ‘Despacito’ entered global popular culture. The entire world is singing in Spanish!
~ 2017’s most-streamed song
~ 2017’s most-purchased song
~ 16 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, tying the all-time record
~ “One of the biggest global hits ever”
I never even heard the winning song.The Recording Academy ignored the Latin community and the entire world. Why RA President Mr. Neil Portnow?

‘Cruzar la Cara de la Luna’ is the world’s first Mariachi opera

New York City Opera
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Rose Theater
Time Warner Center
Broadway at 60th St
Thursday – Sunday
January 25 – 28, 2018

‘Il Trovatore’ is Verdi’s twisted tale of love and vengeance in politics

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
January 22 – February 15, 2018

Isabel Leonard sings Cherubino in Met Opera’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’

Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center
Friday, January 19, 2018

‘L’Elisir d’Amore’ is Donizetti’s comic opera about a love potion

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
January – February
Saturday, February 17, 2018

‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ & ‘Pagliacci’ is opera’s most popular double bill

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
January – February
CLOSING Thursday, February 1, 2018

Nadine Sierra is the Face of Opera’s New Generation

Susana in ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’
Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
December 29 – January 19
Friday, January 19, 2018

Hansel and Gretel

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
December – January
CLOSES
Saturday, January 6, 2018

‘The Merry Widow’ is Lehár’s Rom-Com Opera

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
December – January
Thursday, January 11, 2018

‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ (Marriage of Figaro) is a day in a Spanish house

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
December – January
Friday, January 19, 2018

‘The Magic Flute’

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
November – December
FINAL PERFORMANCE
Saturday, December 9, 2017

‘Thaïs’ stars Ailyn Pérez in Massenet’s tale of sensual ancient Egypt

Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center
November – December
CLOSES
Saturday, December 2, 2017

‘Madama Butterfly’ stars Mexican tenor Luis Chapa as Pinkerton

Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center
February – March
Friday, March 16, 2018

‘The Exterminating Angel’ is surrealist Luis Buñuel’s Hotel California

Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center
October – November
CLOSING NIGHT
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

‘The Paris Opera (L’Opéra)’ backstage with the world’s best opera ballet

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Francesca Beale Theater
Thursday, October 19, 2017
EXTENDED AGAIN
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Lincoln Center White Light Festival 2017 explores the art of spirituality

Lincoln Center and venues across Manhattan
October 18 – November 15, 2017

‘Turandot’ is Puccini’s Italian opera in which love conquers ancient China

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
October 12 – April 5, 2018

Les Contes d’Hoffmann is French comic opera at the Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera House Lincoln Center
September – October 2017
LAST SHOW THIS SEASON
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Metropolitan Opera

Monday – Saturday
Late-September to mid-May
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Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
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Opera is Italian. The Metropolitan Opera is one of the world’s great opera companies. It is America’s busiest classical music organization.

‘Norma’ is Bellini’s bel canto Italian opera masterpiece

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
September – December, 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017

‘Die Zauberflöte’ is Mozart’s Magic Flute

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
September 27 – October 14
FINAL PERFORMANCE
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Carmen

Argentine tenor Marcelo Álvarez is Don José in Bizet’s French opera at the Metropolitan Opera Jan 19 – Feb 18, 2017

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Opera Periods

The development of Opera roughly follows the periods of Classical music, which in turn reflect the social changes stirring the world.


16 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.

Mozart (1756 – 1791) put the trends together in his trio of classic operatic comedies: Nozze di Figaro (1786), Don Giovanni (1787), and Così fan Tutte (1790).


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 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.


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