Whether you're an opera buff, or a curious novice, it's a good weekend to explore this classical music genre. Here are three productions:
1. LA CENERENTOLA
WHAT Rossini and Da Ponte's comic retelling of the Cinderella tale, with mezzo-soprano Frances Devine. "La Cenerentola" was the first Italian opera to be performed in America, and this Capitol Heights Lyric Opera production reproduces the original 1825 instrumentation and libretto.
WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 7:30 p.m., Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway
INFO $35 door, $30 advance, 212-864-5400, symphonyspace.org
2. SIMON BOCCANEGRA
WHAT Placido Domingo is famous as one of the Three Tenors - but he's switching gears to sing baritone in the title role of this Verdi opera of political intrigue in 14th century Genoa.
WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, Broadway and 65th Street
INFO $70-$375, 212-362-6000, metopera.org
3. THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
WHAT There's more Rossini on the bill downtown, where the Bleecker Street Opera - a stepchild of the late, lamented Amato Opera - has extended its production of the composer's delightful comic opera of 1816. David Rosenmeyer conducts; Teresa K. Pond directs.
WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m., 45 Bleecker St.
INFO $36.50-$46.50, 212-239-6200, bleeckerstreetopera.org