More than 25 years after its premiere, John Adams's opera "Nixon in China" opened at the Met on Wednesday, and it will be simulcast to local movie theaters on Feb. 12. (My review is here.) Boston Lyric Opera is making a strong case for Viktor Ullmann's dark satire "The Emperor of Atlantis," and has been drawing out-of-town media attention. (Allan Kozinn reviewed for the New York Times. My review is here.) And pianist Radu Lupu is at the BSO this week, with Finnish guest conductor Sakari Oramo. (David Weininger's review is here.)
Meanwhile, Gustavo Dudamel has extended his contract with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and is now committed as its music director until 2019.
And the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's rehearsal yesterday with Riccardo Muti took an alarming turn as the conductor collapsed on the podium during the slow movement of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony. Muti, 69, was hospitalized but is reportedly in stable condition.