By Byrne Harrison
The New York City Opera has announced its spring season. The lineup includes Donizetti’s classic, The Elixir of Love, reimagined in the 1950s Southwest; Monodramas, an electrifying triple bill of one-acts that unites modern music, dance, visual art, and design; the New York premiere Stephen Schwartz’s new psychological thriller Séance on a Wet Afternoon; and a special concert, John Zorn’s Masada Marathon.
THE ELIXIR OF LOVE
March 22 – April 5
Don’t miss Donizetti’s classic romantic comedy, reimagined in an inventive production, which relocates the action to the 1950s American Southwest to tell the tale of a shy young man’s quest to win the girl of his dreams.
Link to The Elixir of Love
March 25 – April 8
Music, art, design, and dance merge in this triple bill of groundbreaking one-act operas by some of the greatest composers of the 20th century. Directed by theater visionary Michael Counts, this compelling dreamscape is a haunting exploration of the subconscious.
Link to Monodramas
JOHN ZORN’S MASADA MARATHON
Written in a flash of creativity, the 316 compositions in John Zorn's Book of Angels contain some of his most lyrical and inspiring music. This special marathon concert brings together 12 different groups - jazz, rock, classical, world music, jam band, a cappella vocals and more - for one spectacular evening of music.
Link to John Zorn’s Masada Marathon
SÉANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON
April 19 – May 1
Don’t miss the New York premiere of the first opera by Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz, Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer of hit show Wicked. This psychological thriller tells the tale of a conniving psychic who orchestrates an elaborate kidnapping scheme to win the fame she so desperately craves.
Link to Séance on a Wet Afternoon