What to do, see, and experience this month around the world.
Nadine Sierra in “Die Zauberflöte” in Paris
January 23 – February 23
Mozart’s last opera is a perennial favorite for good reason: its convoluted tale of adventure, love, and magic is fantastical enough for children and profound enough for adults. Its lead roles are also something of a rite of passage for opera stars, like the glamorous young soprano Nadine Sierra, who plays Pamina, the daughter of the Queen of the Night, in the Canadian director Robert Carsen’s visually lush production. It’s one of three headlining appearances the fast-rising 28-year-old will make in Paris this year, and one she says is nostalgic: She made her second-ever opera appearance at age 17 in a production of the opera in Palm Beach, swearing that one day she’d play Pamina “after falling in love with her music and character.” Opera Bastille, Place de la Bastille, Paris; operadeparis.fr.