High notes

Operas worth catching this season

Kathy Wittman
Odyssey Opera.


Guerilla Opera mounts an unorthodox double-double bill, in which two directors each stage two brief operas, both inspired by a 1950 film about, yes, how to make a sandwich. Zack Box, Boston Conservatory, Sept. 25-27 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15, seniors $10, students free, 617-912-9222; www.guerillaopera.com


The soprano Anya Matanovic makes her Boston Lyric Opera debut in Verdi’s tuneful tearjerker, newly staged by Chas Rader-Shieber. Citi Shubert Theatre, Oct 10-19. Tickets: $30-$223, 866-348-9738, www.blo.org


Gil Rose, of Odyssey Opera and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, conducts the NEC Philharmonia in a concert account of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Pulitzer Prize-winning thriller. Oct 29 at 8 p.m. Free, 617-585-1122, www.necmusic.edu/opera

‘The Turn of the Screw’


Opera Brittenica offers an immersive take on Britten’s unsettling version of Henry James’s eerie novella. Performances will be held in a private home accommodating just 30 audience members per show. Undisclosed location, Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Tickets: $55, 617-390-3935, www.operabrittenica.com


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Boston Lyric Opera’s innovative Opera Annex series presents this new English translation of Swiss composer Frank Martin’s lush “Le Vin Herbé” recounts the saga of star-crossed lovers Tristan and Isolt. Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline, Nov. 19-23. Tickets: $50, www.blo.org


Odyssey Opera presents a double bill of monodramas by Dominick Argento, an American composer whose works for the stage mix lyricism and craft in equal measure. Modern Theatre, Suffolk University, Nov. 22-23. Tickets: $50-$75, 617-826-1626, www.odysseyopera.org

An Evening in Valhalla

Soprano Jane Eaglen sings Brünnhilde opposite Greer Grimsley’s Wotan in the fiery third act from Wagner’s “Die Walküre,” raising funds for the New England Conservatory’s planned Student Life and Performance Center. Jordan Hall, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. $100-$500, 617-585-1260, www.necmusic.edu/opera


Boston University stages the Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös’s moving, otherworldly opera, based on Tony Kushner’s play about the AIDS epidemic in 1980s New York city. Boston University Theatre, Feb. 19-22. Tickets: $20, seniors $10, students $5, www.artsboston.org



Charles Dutoit conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and Voices Boston in a concert account of Szymanowski’s thematically ambiguous, musically ravishing opera. The suave Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien sings the title role. Symphony Hall, March 5, 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$104, 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

‘Kátya Kabanová’

Boston Lyric Opera takes up Janacek’s haunting tale of a woman who seeks escape from her domineering husband and mother-in-law in the arms of another man, presented in English translation; Elaine Alavarez makes her company debut in the title role. Shubert Theatre, March 13-22. Tickets: $30-$223, 866-348-9738, www.blo.org


Boston Baroque concludes its season with this gripping Handel drama, starring Susanna Phillips in as the titular royal and David Hansen as Nerone. Jordan Hall, Apr 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$95, 617-987-8600 ext. 113, www.bostonbaroque.org


Always a prime attraction, the Boston Early Music Festival will make waves worldwide in June when it mounts all three of the Italian Baroque master Monteverdi’s surviving operas — “L’Orfeo,” “Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria,” and “L’incoronazione di Poppea” — in a week’s span. Multiple venues, June 7-14. Tickets: $35-$225, www.bemf.org


More coverage:


- Boston overdue for a proper opera house

- Odyssey Opera tests uncharted waters

- Boston Lyric Opera renews its vision

- For Guerilla Opera, every production is a premiere

- Beth Morrison Projects brings ‘Ouroboros’ to Boston

- Boston Early Music Festival, a global destination