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Opera Addresses

Thursday, March 14th

Bravissimo: a musical show including arias and excerpts from various operas. Novaya Opera. 7 p.m.

Coffee Cantata: Laudes Ensemble, Viktoria Nosovskaya (soprano), Vasily Matveyev (tenor) and Ilya Ushullu (bass) perform Bach. Tchaikovsky Cultural Center. 7:30 p.m.

Gvidon: Alexander Manotskov's opera based on Daniil Kharms' dialogues with God and eternity. Directed by Alexander Ogaryov. School of Dramatic Art. 7 p.m.

NEW La Sonnambula: (The Sleepwalker): Vincenzo Bellini's bel canto opera staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi. Bolshoi Theater New Stage. 7 p.m.

NEW The Merry Widow (Vesyolaya Vdova): Franz Lehar's operetta about the attempts of a baron to obtain a widow's fortune for his impoverished country of Pontevedria. Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater. 7 p.m.

Friday, March 15th

Boris Godunov: musically brilliant production of the lesser-known, 1869 version of Mussorgsky's opera based on Pushkin's tragedy about the tsar. Novaya Opera. 7 p.m.

NEW La Sonnambula: (See Thurs. listing.) Bolshoi Theater New Stage. 7 p.m.

One-Act Operas: "The Human Voice" by Poulenc and "Notes of a Madman" by Butsko. Pokrovsky Chamber Musical Theater. 7 p.m.

Opera Night: classical arias, duets and jam. Alexei Kozlov Club. 11:30 p.m.

FESTIVAL Sergei Rachmaninov: The Covetous Knight (Skupoi Rytsar): Symphony Capella of Russia performs Rachmaninov's one-act opera, based on Pushkin's drama. Also in program is Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2. Conservatory Great Hall. 7 p.m.†

Saturday, March 16th

Andrei Shibko (piano) performs Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. Tchaikovsky Cultural Center. 4 p.m.

Novaya Opera Soloists perform Tchaikovsky's arias and duets. Tsaritsyno Estate Museum Bazhenovsky Hall. 3 p.m.

FESTIVAL Sergei Rachmaninov: Aleko: the concert version of Rachmaninov's one-act opera performed by the Moscow Conservatory Opera Theater. Conservatory Great Hall. 2 p.m.

Tatyana Zenaishvili (harpsichord) performs Couperin, Bach and Brahms. Glinka Museum. 7 p.m.

The Coffee Cantata (Kofeinaya Kantata): This charming, 40-minute production of Bach's comic opera involves 30 audience members having coffee with the singers. Helikon Opera on Arbat Cafe. 7 and 8:30 p.m.

The Magic Flute (Volshebnaya Fleita): Mozart's lyric opera. Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater. 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 17th

FESTIVAL Golden Mask: Le Comte Ory (Graf Ori): Yekaterinburg Opera production of Rossini's comic opera. Performed in French. Novaya Opera. 7 p.m.

The Coffee Cantata: (See Sat. listing.) Helikon Opera on Arbat Cafe. 7 and 8:30 p.m.

The Magic Flute: (See Sat. listing.) Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater. 7 p.m.

Yakov Katsnelson and Marina Shalitayeva perform piano works by Schubert and Brahms. Tchaikovsky Cultural Center. 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19th

FESTIVAL Golden Mask: Mirage (Marevo): experimental contemporary art opera by the ProvMyza Art Group to music by Mark Buloshnikov and Kirill Shirokov. Production of the Nizhny Novgorod Contemporary Art Center. Meyerhold Center. 7 p.m.

Idomeneo: Mozart's opera seria in Richard Strauss' redaction. Pokrovsky Chamber Musical Theater. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20th

Idomeneo: (See Tues. listing.) Pokrovsky Chamber Musical Theater. 7 p.m.

and Beyond…

Der Rosenkavalier: (Kavaler Rozy): Richard Strauss' comic opera directed by Stephen Lawless. Bolshoi Theater Main Stage. March 21, 22 and 23 at 6 p.m., March 24 at 2 p.m.

Oksana Panchenko (soprano), Margarita Lazareva (piano) and Tatyana Lemberg (cello) perform Rachmaninov. Tchaikovsky Cultural Center. March 21, 7 p.m.

It's All Opera! (Vsyo Eto — Opera!): An opera show, featuring scenes from Novaya Opera stagings. Novaya Opera. March 22, 7 p.m.

Oberon: the concert version of Weber's opera performed by the Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra, the Intrada Vocal Ensemble, Anastasia Moskvina (soprano), Artyom Safronov (tenor) and others. Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. March 22, 7 p.m.

The Marriage of Figaro: Mozart's classic performed by the Gnesin Academy of Music Opera Studio. Stars Pyotr Nalich. Alexander Pushkin Museum. March 22, 7 p.m.

NEW Strider (Kholstomer): Vladimir Kobekin's opera based on a story by Leo Tolstoy about the life, loves, misfortunes and death of a "useless" horse. Pokrovsky Chamber Musical Theater. March 24 at 6 p.m., March 26 and 27 at 7 p.m.

La Traviata: Verdi's opera as staged by Alexander Titel. Performed in Italian. Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater. March 25, 7 p.m.

Nanoopera: the first international competition of young opera directors. Work-in-progress. Helikon Opera on Arbat. March 26, 27, 28 and 29, 7 p.m.

The Enchantress (Charodeika): Tchaikovsky's opera based on Ippolit Shpazhinsky's romantic drama set in the 15th century at a tavern near Nizhny Novgorod. Bolshoi Theater Main Stage. March 27, 28, 29 and 30 at 7 p.m., March 31 at noon.

Apollo and Hyacinth: Dmitry Bertman's 45-minute staging of Mozart's short opera includes wine and cake served at the end. Helikon Opera on Arbat. March 30 and 31, 7 p.m.†