Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend (1/5-7, 2018): Clay Hilley, Isabel Leonard, & Felix Jarrar Share Stage With Met Opera

The opera season has quieted down around much of the US and Canada, but the city that never sleeps, and other towns, still have a wide range of opera offerings. Not all of them are staged productions as there are two recital offerings worth your time!

Wagner Society of New York – Clay Hilley in Recital

Up-and-coming tenor Clay Hilley will showcase his talents as the winner of the Top Prize from the Wagner Society of New York. He will sing music of Mozart, Mahler, Wagner, and Janacek among others. The performance takes place on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2017 at the Good Shepard Church in New York City.

Isabel Leonard Park Avenue Armory’s 2018 Recital Series

The famed Argentine-American singer will appear in recital on Jan. 5 and 7 at the Park Avenue Armory. The program is slated to feature music of Leonard Bernstein as part of his centennial celebration. The mezzo is currently showcasing her talents at the Metropolitan Opera as Cherubino in “Le Nozze di Figaro.”

Tosca – Metropolitan Opera

The Met’s new David McVicar production gets its third performance on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Sonya Yoncheva stars as the tragic diva while Vittorio Grigolo appears as her doomed lover Cavaradossi and Zeljko Lucic interprets the role of the evil Baron Scarpia.

Hansel and Gretel – Metropolitan Opera

For the last time this season, the Met will showcase Lisette Oropesa and Tara Erraught in Humperdinck’s masterpiece. Regarding Oropesa’s performance, Operawire stated, “the soprano has an astonishingly wonderful technique that is unrivaled at this moment and her ability to display such range of characterization only added to the support that she is an artist to be treasured.”

“The Fall of the House of Usher” Selections – Wednesday Music Club

Composer Felix Jarrar showcases sections from his opera “The Fall of the House of Usher” at the Lee United Methodist Church in Easton, Connecticut on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at 3 p.m. The program is also slated to include other compositions and works from modern composers as well as other compositions from Jarrar.



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