NYC Arts Picks: Orpheus, Beauties of the Gilded Age and More

May 8, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Performing Arts

‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy about woods enchanted by fairies is brought to life by two-time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth and actress Christina Ricci at the Classic Stage Company. Directed by Tony Speciale, Neuwirth plays the fairy queen Titantia and Ricci plays the love interest, Hermia.

Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St.,
Now–May 20, 2012
Tuesday’s 7 p.m.; Wednesday–Saturday 8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 3 p.m.
Tickets: $75–$125

Wagner’s Ring Cycle

Richard Wagner’s epic four-opera cycle tells the story of ancient Gods’ generations-long quest to regain a magic ring. Director Robert Lapage told the Metropolitan Opera: “I try to be extremely respectful of Wagner’s storytelling, but in a very modern context. We’re trying to see how in our day and age we can tell this classical story in the most complete way.” There are two staggered performance cycles left this season. The first installment is 2.5 hours, and the others are 5–6 hours.

The Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center
Now through May 12
Times vary
Tickets: $45–$875

‘Gilbert & Sullivan, The Ballet!’

Set to live choral arrangements of Gilbert & Sullivan favorites, this production by Dances Patrelle is billed as “a raucous evening of classical ballet.” Three comic operas are featured: “The Pirates of Penzance,” “The Mikado,” and “H.M.S. Pinafore.”

Dicapo Opera Theatre, 184 E. 76th St.,
May 3–5 7:30 p.m. and May 5–6 2 p.m.
Tickets: $35

‘Billy Budd’

Herman Melville’s 1891 novella following the tragic story of an English sailor wrongly accused is brought to life as an opera by composer Benjamin Britten. Three hours with one intermission. Sung in English with Met titles in English, German, and Spanish.

The Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center
May 4, 10, and 12, 7:30 p.m. (May 12, 9 p.m.)
Tickets: $25–$415

All Robbins Ballet

The New York City Ballet will perform four ballets all choreographed by Jerome Robbins (1918-1998) including “In the Night” with music by Chopin; “The Cage” with music by Stravinsky; “Andantino” with music by Tchaikovsky; and “In G Major” with music by Ravel.

David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Saturday May 5 at 2 p.m., Sunday May 6 at 3 p.m., Tuesday May 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29–$149

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