Even while awaiting the start of the fall season, the classic arts scene in New York is never quiet. Here is just a sampling of some of the classic arts events happening this week:
The Metropolitan Opera’s annual Summer HD festival continues this week, presenting free screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza of operas from the Met’s catalogue. This week kicks off with a screening of Kevin Puts’ The Hours, which had its world premiere at the Met in the 2022-23 season, starring soprano Renée Fleming, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and Broadway favorite and Tony winner Kelli O'Hara. The opera, based on the Pulitzer-winning novel by Michael Cunningham, will return to the Met next season, with all three leads reprising their roles.
The Summer HD Festival will continue through this week with screenings of Verdi’s Falstaff, Brett Dean’s Hamlet, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Giordano’s Fedora, Terence Blanchard’s Champion, Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Puccini’s La Bohème. See here for more information.
Accordions Around the World at Bryant Park continues August 28 with performances from 15 different artists representing a vast range of styles including Japanese folk, Argentine tango, klezmer, and more. Accordions Around the World continues every Monday through September 11.
This weekend, BargeMusic presents its Labor Day Here And Now Festival. September 1, cellist Thomas Mesa and pianist Zhenni Li will perform a world premiere by Andrea Casarrubios, the New York premiere of Carlos Simon’s Silence, the East coast premiere of Quenton Blache’s Net, as well as works by Stephanie Ann Boyd, Andrea Casarrubios, and Kevin Day. September 2 and 3, works by Andrés Soto, Ron Mazurek, Scott Wheeler, Donovan Stokes, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Richard Thompson, and David Clay Mettens will be performed.
To stay up to date with classic arts news, subscribe to Playbill's classic arts newsletter.