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Five Not-to-Miss European and NYC Shows Back on Stage This Fall

Opera, ballet, and live theater are back.

The Barber of Seville
In its 200 years of existence, Gioachino Rossini’s comedic opera about a count who will stop at nothing to win his beloved’s hand and the barber he enlists to help him has received hundreds, if not thousands, of treatments. This new production by German director Herbert Fritsch will focus on the unquestioning power of the nobility over its vassals. Vienna State Opera; Sept. 28-Oct. 14

Fire Shut Up in My Bones
Kicking off the season, New York’s Met will stage its first opera by a Black composer, Terence Blanchard, the prolific jazz musician who scored Black KkKLansman. He and librettist Kasi Lemmons based it on Charles M. Blow’s memoir of that name. The plot follows baritone Will Liverman as Charles, as he navigates issues of race, violence, and community. Opening night will be broadcast live in Times Square. The Metropolitan Opera; Sept. 27-Oct. 23