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Don thy codpieces, neck ruffs, and farthingales — Shakespeare cometh! Heartbeat Opera proudly presents its 4th annual Drag Extravaganza for two nights of divalicious coloraturas, eye-popping fashion, and Halloween revelries.
Join us in your best Elizabethan finery and watch Shakespeare himself discover the genius of Verdi, Purcell, Bernstein, and more. "Some are born fab, some achieve fabulous, and some have fabulous thrust upon them!"
The last opera by one of the longest-lived composers in history, Capriccio turns the tables on audience members, giving them a glimpse of life in the theater from the other side of the curtain. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly), what happens behind the scenes is filled with as much drama and comedy as what takes place onstage! The plot revolves around the Countess — a supporter of the arts, just like you — and her courtship by both a composer and a playwright (poet?). In choosing one over the other, she plans to answer this age-old question: Which is more important to opera, the music or the words?
Dido, a young queen in the midst of building the city of Carthage, is thrown into turmoil when the brave and handsome warrior Aeneas lands on her shores. Initially rejecting his advances, her ever-observing court coaxes her into a relationship with the visitor for their own enjoyment. After a very swift and public romance, the lovers are split by a jealous and conniving Sorceress, driving Dido and all of Carthage to a tragic end.
The impact of Stephen King's psychodrama is heightened in this intimate new adaptation of Tobias Picker's opera. New York City Opera principal conductor Pacien Mazzagatti leads the production.
This early satirical send-up helped Gilbert and Sullivan chart a new course for modern musical theater. The captain's daughter has caught the eye — and the heart — of two men at once: a lowly sailor and the pompous Sir Joseph Porter. Only a bumbling baby farmer named Little Buttercup can unravel this mess of mistaken identities and mismatched marriages. Filled with infectious tunes and featuring a rousing finale, it's no wonder this classic comedy still makes a modern-day splash!
National Chorale, New York's premier professional choral company, under the artistic direction of Everett McCorvey, kicks off its 2017-18 season with Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.
Carl Orff, Carmina Burana Orff's provocative settings of medieval traveling students and ex-monks who pursued a roaring life of gambling, drinking, and making live. With "wine, women and song," Carmina is sexy, passionate, and unforgettable.
Leonard Bernstein, Chichester Psalms A musical depiction of the composer's hope for brotherhood and peace and in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.
The performance features soloists Elizabeth Caballero, Matthew Truss, and Anthony Clark Evans.
Make plans now to join New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players' artistic director Albert Bergeret and his talented and fun-loving crew for their annual New Year's Eve champagne gala performance of favorite Gilbert & Sullivan scenes, songs, parodies, overtures, and the ever-popular-tour-de-force challenge — audience requests performed impromptu with full orchestra. Toast the new year at intermission and be off home or to another party before midnight!
"Ponselle, Milanov, Sutherland, Callas … after last night, Radvanovsky can add her name to the list," declared the Huffington Post when Sondra Radvanovsky made her Met role debut as Norma in 2013. The 2017–18 season opens with a new production of Bellini's masterpiece, starring Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma's unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar's evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule.
Thanks to an ancestor who loved torturing witches, the Baronet of Ruddigore is cursed — if he doesn't commit a crime every day, his life will end in agony, and the curse will be handed down to the next in line. No wonder he doesn't stick around to follow through with his destiny, leaving the title and the curse with his younger brother. But when the ghosts of the Baronet's past reveal themselves in the Ruddigore Castle picture gallery, he's forced out of hiding and back into the role of daily criminal. But destiny and curses aren't the most flexible of things, so the clever Baronet must figure out a way to make everyone happy in the end, especially himself.
In a land where the whiskey is always flowing, an ambitious young painter is faced with a life-altering choice: give up on her dreams and embrace a carefree life, or lose her father, the powerful Mayor of Williamsburg. Will she leave behind the only family she's ever known? Or will she discover that in Williamsburg, it's easier to drink than to think? From the New York Innovative Theater Award-nominated team behind Fatty Fatty No Friends comes a new musical about hope, family, whiskey, and reconciling the dreamer within.