By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
April 17, 20, 24, and 29 and May 3 and 6
Metropolitan Opera House, Columbus Ave & 64th, 212-362-6000
Robert Wilson's monumental yet graceful and luminescent production of Wagner's romantic fable returns with James Levine conducting, in magnificent style, a superb cast and his world-beating orchestra and chorus.
April 26, 28, and 30, Sharp Theater,
Juilliard School, 155 W 65th, 212-769-7406
Lowell Liebermann's opera, commissioned to celebrate Juilliard's centennial, has a conservative but often vocally virtuosic, appropriately pop-flavored score and a well-made libretto by the currently very productive J.D. McClatchy based on Nathanael West's grim novel about a newspaper columnist's tragedy. There is a fair amount of sex and violence, so don't bring the kids.