Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St, Boston [Emperor of Atlantis] | February 1-2, 4-6 | $33-$76 | Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St, Boston [Agrippina] | March 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22 | $34-$195 | 617.542.4912 or

HAIL AND FAREWELL | Teatro Lirico d'Europa, the Bulgarian touring opera company that for a dozen years has provided us with good old-fashioned opera at low prices, seems to have been kicked out of the Cutler Majestic and is taking its Boston curtain calls with two of its best productions: Donizetti's coloratura melodrama based on an historical novel by Sir Walter Scott, with the famous sextet and Mad Scene, Lucia di Lammermoor (February 4-6) and Verdi's heartbreaking and heartbreakingly tuneful La traviata (March 4-6).

Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St, Boston | $30-$85 | 617.824.8000 or

MET IN HD One of our local heroes, baritone James Maddalena, who created the title role in John Adams's Nixon in China, which secured his international career, re-creates it for the opera's Metropolitan Opera premiere. Peter Sellars, who inspired the opera and staged the original production, directs. If you can't get to the Met, and can still get a ticket, it will be telecast live, in HD, in movie theaters around the world, including Boston's Fenway and suburban theaters.

Regal Fenway 13 and suburbs | February 4 | $10-$20 | 212.362.6000 or

DRIVEN | The name's Cardillac (not Cadillac!) — a powerful dramatic opera by Hindemith about a goldsmith who murders his clients so he can keep the beautiful objects he has created. It isn't done nearly as often as it should be. Opera Boston is presenting its Boston premiere, with the profound baritone Sanford Sylvan ideally cast in the title role, and tenor Matthew Anderson, mezzo-soprano Janna Baty, and baritone David Kravitz supporting. Gil Rose conducts.

Cutler Majestic Theater, 219 Tremont St, Boston | February 25, 27; March 1 | $29-$171 | 617.451.3388 or

ARE LOOKS EVERYTHING? | The white-maned Russian baritone with the hard-to-pronounce name, Dmitri Hvorostovsky — one of the best-looking male singers alive, with an equally gorgeous voice — returns for a recital under the auspices of the Celebrity Series of Boston. You can bet Boston's Russian community will turn out in full force.

Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave, Boston | February 27 | $35-$83 | 617.482.2595 or

NOT ALL TENORS ARE ROBOTS | The ART goes operatic with the American premiere of an exciting new opera with a score by MIT Media Lab's Tod Machover, with both acoustic instruments and electronics, and a libretto by poet Robert Pinsky, staged by ART director Diane Paulus. Death and the Powers is the story of a gazillionaire facing death and his absorption into an electronic "System" in which he can stay alive forever. Baritone James Maddalena lends all his considerable powers to the role of Simon Powers.

Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St, Boston | March 18, 20, 22, 24-25 | $75-$100 | 617.495.2668 or

ALMOST AN OPERA Metropolitan Opera tenor Matthew Polenzani, already a Boston favorite for his performances with the BSO, makes his Boston recital debut in the Celebrity Series, with pianist Julius Drake. He's one of the suavest young singers around, and he's singing Schubert's moving song cycle Die schöne Müllerin ("The beautiful miller maid") — practically a one-person opera. Could the audience persuade him to sing a Mozart aria for an encore?

Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston | March 24 | $37-$50 | 617.482.2595 or

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