Classical Music Winter Preview | the new yorker


If the Metropolitan Opera is set to produce a new work based on Michael Cunningham’s ‘The Hours’ novel 20 years after Hollywood took on a star, so he has no choice but to line up his own trio of leading ladies Luminous—Renee Fleming, Joyce DiDonato and Kelli O’Hara—for the New York premiere of Kevin Puts’ opera (Nov 22-Dec 15).

The Prototype party, the pioneer of contemporary musical theater in New York, postponed its tenth anniversary season in January, a victim of the rise of Omicron. He returns with a mix of new and rescheduled works. “Undine,” an animated opera about a mermaid who struggles with addiction and lives in someone’s fish tank, is streaming on demand, and Emma O’Halloran’s “Trade,” on a male prostitute and a locked up client, is presented at the Abrons Arts Center (Jan. 5-15).

Two new works portray American courage. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Shawn Okpebholo’s cycle “Songs in Flight” featuring confident storytellers Rhiannon Giddens and Will Liverman, considers adverts of runaway slaves documents of bravery (January 12). by Paul Moravec “A nation of others” with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall reveals a day in the life of immigrants at Ellis Island in 1921 (15 Nov).

Still at Carnegie, the old masters stick to what they know: the sparkling-voiced tenor Juan Diego Florez offers a recital of works by bel-canto composers (Jan. 29); Mitsuko Uchida delves into Beethoven’s sonatas (February 24); and Christian Thielemann, an authority on Austrian-German cuisine, runs the Vienna Philharmonic in Strauss, Brahms and Bruckner (March 3-5).

The New York Philharmonic, which undertakes to commission works from female composers, also elevates women to the podium. Ruth Reinhardt makes her philharmonic conducting debut with pianist Kirill Gerstein, in Thomas Adès’ multimedia narrative of Genesis, “In Seven Days” (February 16-18), and Nathalie Stutzmann does the same with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, in Prokofiev’s nervous Sinfonia Concertante (February 22-24). The spectacular Yuja Wang plays a volatile piano concerto written for her by Magnus Lindberg (January 5-10).

The Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society six-concert winter festival, Schubert’s Magic, considers the legacy of a graceful and sublime melodist, all culminating in the unhurried pleasures of Schubert’s hour-long F major octet ( January 22-February 10). ♦


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