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Spring Season Debuts and Premieres

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Out with the old and in with the new. As this past year and decade come to a close, 2010 brings to New York a slate of new artists, ensembles, collaborations and works. Here's a list of the top five New York debuts and premieres of the spring season.

1. Phillipe Jaroussky, the young French countertenor, has won renown for his interpretation of the traditional castrato repertoire and won raves for his CD dedicated to the great castrato, Carestini. In his New York recital debut on January 14, however, he ventures into the female territory, singing late 19th century French art songs by Hahn, Fauré, and Chausson.

2. Riccardo Muti has wielded his baton on many of New York City's stages, but one orchestra pit has eluded him. He will fill in that gap in his resumé on February 23 when he makes his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, conducting the new production of Verdi's Attila. He's not the only artist being introduced to the Met audience for the first time: fashion designer Miuccia Prada and architecture firm Herzog and de Meuron round out the production team.

3. Each year, the Mata Festival fosters four days of new music and young composers. This year, the Italian new music group Ensemble L'Arsenale, which just performed at the Venice Biennial, will makes its New York debut in April with a pair of world premieres at Le Poisson Rouge.

4. They've visited the Big Apple separately, but the Los Angeles Philharmonic hasn't crossed the continent yet with Gustavo "the Dude" Dudamel at the reins. New Yorkers will get to experience the hair-raising West Coast phenomenon in person, May 20 and 22. As a bonus, they will perform the New York premiere of John Adams' City Noir on May 22.

5. Also in May, Alan Gilbert, the New York Philharmonic and a host of wonderful singers perform the New York premiere of Gyorgy Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre. The occasion will leave audiences wondering what is stranger: this bizarre tale of the apocalypse or the fact that it took 32 years for this scatological masterpiece to receive a full staging?