The Minotaur, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (April 15–May 3; 44-20/ 7304-4000; roh.org.uk). Commissioned by Covent Garden, eminent British composer Harrison Birtwistle’s newest work is set in the realm of Greek myth, with the veteran bass-baritone John Tomlinson in the title role.
Metropolitan Opera (212/362-6000; metopera.org). The spring season presents a mix of repertory works and new productions. Highlights: Benjamin Britten’s powerful opera Peter Grimes (through March 24), with tenor Anthony Dean Griffey as the eccentric fisherman who lives on the rugged Suffolk coast; and Donizetti’s sparkling La Fille du Régiment (April 21–May 16), with Natalie Dessay as Marie and Juan Diego Flórez as the peasant who enlists in the French army to win her heart.
Last Acts, at the Houston Grand Opera (through March 15; 713/228-6737; houstongrandopera.org). Dead Man Walking put composer Jake Heggie on the map. His new work, based on a Terrence McNally play about an actress and her relationship to her grown children, was written for Frederica von Stade, the veteran mezzo-soprano. Another highlight is Billy Budd (April 25–May 9), Britten’s setting of Melville’s novella, in a production from the Welsh National Opera. —Anne Midgette