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What To Watch: Top Operas To See Before They Close (VIDEOS)

First Posted: 02/03/11 04:27 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

Around the country, opera companies are looking to the end of their 2010 - 2011 seasons and have begun announcing their 2011-2012 slates. But, before you start planning your season tickets for next year, let us not forget about the gorgeous productions still playing now.

With LA Opera's much publicized, controversially directed, and astronomically expensive production of Richard Wagner's full Ring Cycle officially over, we're now seeing a slew of other companies putting on the cycle at their own risk (ahem, San Francisco Opera).

Other companies, however, have maintained a diversified season with plenty of Italian, German, and French canonical works mixed with somewhat lesser known operas like the upcoming Anna Bolena at Dallas Opera and the new(ish) Nixon In China at the Met in New York. Check out our picks, if only we were able to jaunt from coast to coast in the name of opera.

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New York's Metropolitan Opera is currently putting on a production of this opera, which was originally created by the English National Opera and is composed by John Adams. The performance revolves around 1972's monumental meeting of President Richard Nixon and Chinese Communist President Mao Zedong. The opera runs through February 19th in New York.
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