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The opera that announced the young Mozart's genius to the world returns to the Met stage, with acclaimed maestro Manfred Honeck making a notable company debut on the podium. A distinguished cast of leading Mozarteans comes together to bring the moving drama and dazzling arias to life, with tenor Michael Spyres in the title role of the ancient Cretan king, alongside mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as the noble prince Idamante and soprano Ying Fang as his conflicted beloved, Ilia. Soprano Federica Lombardi is the jealous Elettra, who loses her senses in a mad scene of virtuosic rage.World premiere: Court Theater (now the Cuvilliés Theater), Munich, 1781. Like many stories from Greek myth, Idomeneo explores the motivations and emotions of humans whose fates seem beyond their own control. The opera casts these issues within the framework of the opera seria genre, a stylized format popular in the 18th century that is characterized by a succession of arias and recitatives and a cast of noble characters. Long neglected along with other works of this era, Idomeneo now holds a firm place in the repertoire as the first of Mozart's operatic masterpieces.
When soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Brandon Jovanovich starred in Shostakovich's searing Soviet-era satire in 2014, they set the Met stage ablaze, with The New York Times hailing Westbroek's "vulnerable and wrenching performance" and proclaiming Jovanovich "ideal ... dramatically fearless." Now, the dynamic pair reunite in Graham Vick's vivid staging, with Maestro Keri-Lynn Wilson making her Met debut.World premiere: Maly Opera Theater, Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), 1934 One of the undisputed musical masterpieces of the last 100 years, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is a bleak, existential drama that is satirical and critical of society but also retains a sharply focused narrative, with Shostakovich's thrilling score accentuating each of its dramatic points. Based on an engrossing novella by Nikolai Leskov, the opera maintains its source material's frenetic pace with propulsive music and a plethora of activity, suggesting that any actions—even of the criminal variety—are preferable to the crushing ennui of conventional life.
Spend a few dreamy hours in the City of Love at Only Gold, a new dance musical from Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and Brit Award-winning singer/songwriter Kate Nash. Get Only Gold tickets on New York Theatre Guide.Only Gold is a musical set during a royal family's arrival in Paris. As if a city like Paris wasn't bustling enough, the event kicks everyone into high gear, from the wealthy nobles to the ordinary townspeople. And they're not just occupied with planning and activity — the arrival also brings about a reckoning that will change Paris and all its citizens. In the presence of the royals, people's loyalties and loves are put to the test, and they all must examine their choices.Blankenbuehler makes his theatrical writing debut with Only Gold off Broadway; he co-wrote the show's book alongside veteran playwright and TV writer Ted Malawer. Blankenbuehler is best known as a choreographer (which he also does for this production, in addition to directing), having won three Tony Awards for his choreography on Hamilton, In the Heights, and Bandstand. He's received two additional choreography nominations for 9 to 5 and Bring It On: The Musical, and his Hamilton work also earned him 2018 Kennedy Center Honors. For career achievement in choreographing and performing, he won awards from the Drama Desks and Dance Magazine.Only Gold is somewhat of a Hamilton reunion, as that show's orchestrator and conductor, Alex Lacaimore, provides musical arrangements for this show, and some cast members are Hamilton alumni.Blankenbuehler and Malawer have teamed up with Kate Nash, who plays the narrator in Only Gold in New York in addition to writing its music and lyrics. Nash has been on the British music scene since the early aughts; her single "Foundations" and her subsequent debut album launched her career in 2007, and in 2008 she won the Brit Award for Best British Female Artist. She has since released three additional albums and has amassed a worldwide fanbase. TV fans also know her as Rhonda "Britannica" Richardson in the Netflix series GLOW, and she is the subject of a 2018 documentary, Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl.Only Gold is one of New York's latest dance musicals, in which there is not only plenty of choreography, but it's as central a storytelling tool, if not more, as the dialogue and songs. Other musicals known for their dancing include Cats, Newsies, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, A Chorus Line, An American in Paris, and MJ The Musical; alumni of all these shows and more are part of the Only Gold cast. Learn about more dance musicals on Broadway.Tickets to Only Gold are available now.
Harrison David Rivers makes his New York debut with the award-winning play the bandaged place. Get the bandaged place tickets on New York Theatre Guide.the bandaged place is a play that follows Jonah, a man attempting to heal from abuse and trauma. In the aftermath of an assault, a former lover reenters his life and reopens a wound from the past. He discovers that in order to heal and move forward, he has to heal his relationships with his family members and find support in them — namely, his intelligent daughter and his caring but stern grandmother.Before even getting a full production, the bandaged place won the 2018 Relentless Award for excellent, daring playwriting. New York Stage and Film at Vassar College later premiered the play in its summer 2019 Powerhouse Season. Playwright Harrison David Rivers's other works include This Bitter Earth, Where Storms Are Born, When Last We Flew, and the musicals Five Points, We Shall Someday, and I Put a Spell on You, for which he wrote the books. His work has been produced nationwide. He is also a screenwriter whose credits include One of Us is Lying, The Nevers, Wytches, and The Plot.Director David Mendizábal's credits include Rivers's This Bitter Earth in Hartford, Connecticut; Notes on Killing Seven Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Board Members in New York; Sanctuary City in Baltimore, Maryland and Berkeley, California; and many more. They are in the leadership of two NYC theatre companies: as a producing artistic leader of the Obie Award-winning Movement Theatre Company and associate artistic director of The Sol Project.the bandaged place off Broadway is part of Roundabout Theatre Company's Underground program. The program supports new works by emerging playwrights, giving them full productions in Roundabout's Black Box Theatre. The program also supports long-term development for playwrights, as every playwright gets a commission from Roundabout to write another play after premiering one with the Underground program.Get tickets to the bandaged place in New York now.
The New York premiere of Jeff Augustin's Where the Mountain Meets the Sea will go up off Broadway in fall 2022. Get Where the Mountain Meets the Sea tickets on New York Theatre Guide. Where the Mountain Meets the Sea is a play about a father and a son who go on a journey — rather, two separate, but similar, journeys. The father, Jean, a Haitian immigrant, makes a once-in-a-lifetime trip to California from Miami, and his son, Jonah, makes that trip in reverse many years later. Along the way, Jonah discovers he inherited his father's interest in Appalachian folk music, giving the two men some common ground. This play collapses time and follows their two journeys at once, showing how the shared trip allow father and son to finally connect with each other after being unable to for so long. Playwright Jeff Augustin has premiered multiple works in New York, including The New Englanders, also with Manhattan Theatre Club, and Little Children Dream of God at Roundabout Theatre Company. He is also a screenwriter on shows like The Morning Show and Saint X. Composing and performing duo The Bengsons provide original music and live accompaniment to Where the Mountain Meets the Sea off Broadway. The Bengsons are known for previous Off-Broadway shows including Hundred Days at New York Theatre Workshop and The Lucky Ones at Ars Nova. The folk musicians have also released multiple albums and EPs, including a Hundred Days cast recording. Directing Where the Mountain Meets the Sea in New York is Joshua Kahan Brody, a Princess Grace Award winner. He has previously directed shows including Fourteen Flights at the NY Fringe, winning an Excellence in Directing Award; and The Last Tiger in Haiti, another of Augustin's plays, at La Jolla Playhouse and Berkeley Rep in California. The Bengsons and Brody both participated in the world premiere of Where the Mountain Meets the Sea at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, which commissioned the play. The show went up as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, but its run was canceled after one performance amid Covid-19. Get Where the Mountain Meets the Sea tickets now.
You Will Get Sick is a world-premiere play by Noah Diaz. Get You Will Get Sick tickets on New York Theatre Guide.In the You Will Get Sick play, a man receives a medical diagnosis that changes his life. Scared, physically breaking down, and barely coping with the news himself, he decides to hire an older woman to tell his loved ones on his behalf. The aftermath of his decision, and the revelation of the diagnosis, changes his and her life in deep and powerful ways. This play highlights what it means to have a body, with all its difficulties and miracles alike.Playwright Noah Diaz wrote You Will Get Sick in 2018, when he was in graduate school at the Yale School of Drama. The show went on to win the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center, and the Roundabout production marks Diaz's Roundabout debut and New York professional debut. Two of his other plays, Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally and The Swindlers, previously went up at Baltimore Center Stage.Director Sam Pinkleton is best known as a Broadway choreographer, having received a Tony nomination for choreographing Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and also working on Amélie and the Daniel Craig-led revival of Macbeth, among other shows. On the directing front, his first Broadway gig was assistant director on 2012's The Lyons (the cast of which included You Will Get Sick star Linda Lavin), and he's also directed Runaways at New York City Center Encores! and Shakespeare In The Park, and Head Over Heels in Pasadena. You Will Get Sick off Broadway marks his Roundabout directorial debut.Leading the cast of You Will Get Sick in New York is Linda Lavin, a Tony Award winner for Broadway Bound, and two-time Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy nominee for the sitcom Alice. She's earned an additional five Tony nominations for shows including The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Lyons. Lavin was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2011.Get You Will Get Sick tickets now.
A work of subtle beauty, Benjamin Britten's masterpiece delivers a tragically realistic rendering of the mistrust, misunderstandings, and dark secrets that lurk within even the closest communities. Tenor Allan Clayton, following his 2022 Met debut in the title role of Brett Dean's Hamlet, takes on another complex protagonist as Peter Grimes, the enigmatic fisherman accused of the death of two apprentices. Nicholas Carter conducts John Doyle's chilling production, which also features soprano Nicole Car as the empathetic Ellen Orford and baritone Adam Plachetka as the retired captain Balstrode, whose condemnation seals Grimes's fate.
Three captivating sopranos with many previous triumphs to their names—Nadine Sierra, Ermonela Jaho, and Angel Blue— star as the self-sacrificing courtesan Violetta, one of opera's ultimate heroines. Tenors Stephen Costello, Ismael Jordi (in his Met debut), and Dmytro Popov share the role of her self-centered lover Alfredo, alongside baritones Luca Salsi, Amartuvshin Enkhbat (another debut), and Artur Ruciński as his disapproving father. Michael Mayer's vibrant production also features three maestros: Daniele Callegari, Marco Armiliato, and Nicola Luisotti.World premiere: Teatro la Fenice, Venice, 1853. Verdi's La Traviata survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Following the larger-scale dramas of Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, its intimate scope and subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound and heartfelt music. The title role of the "fallen woman" has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges. Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire.