TCDP TOP PICK: In the apartment I shared with my friends in grad school, we'd stay up late working and then have a couple of beers while we listened to music or watched The Simpsons—then, when we were tipsy enough to stop caring about the neighbors, we'd close out the night with a thundering play of Puccini's "Nessun Dorma," standing at attention and somberly facing the speakers while we twisted the volume knob to an entirely unreasonable point. Expect a better performance, and fewer jackasses, at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts when the Minnesota Opera presents Turandot from April 13-21. - Jay Gabler
TCDP TOP PICK: "If narrative and characterization were never [Ambroise] Thomas's strong points," writes critic Matthew Boyden, "he knew how to write a good tune, and his Hamlet is littered with sprightly dances, hearty choruses and moments of deeper significance." Really, what more do you want from life? The Minnesota Opera is staging Thomas's Hamlet from March 2-10. - Jay Gabler
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