The Hours
Opens May 05 2h 25m
The Hours
84

The Hours NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(23 Ratings)
Positive
91%
Mixed
9%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent

About the Show

A modern opera adaptation of the classic 2002 film about three women finding themselves across eras.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (23)

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375 Reviews | 91 Followers
99
Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a magnificent new opera with ravishing music and ravishing singing, terrific staging, and an engrossing story. A rare event!

Don't see it if you don’t like modern opera, although this is mostly in a late romantic style, tonal with lush harmonies. Following 3 stories can be tricky Read more

494 Reviews | 123 Followers
97
Exquisite music, Interesting staging, Moving

See it if you're into lyrically soaring and emotional music, penetrating choral singing and great dancing, supporting a complex operatic narrative.

Don't see it if you find it hard to follow what's going on when there're many things happening on stage simultaneously, with overlapping times & characters.

812 Reviews | 132 Followers
94
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a masterful performance with 3 singing actresses with a great script and wonderful staging. Very ambitious and moving.

Don't see it if you like operas with arias you can hum or if you like happy stories. Many of the characters are depressed. Suicide is a subject in the plot. Read more

269 Reviews | 38 Followers
92
Masterful, Intelligent, Great staging, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if It's like watching a series of dreams; sometimes it makes sense, other times it obsesses on tiny details or shifts focus repeatedly.

Don't see it if Opera sung in English isn't your jam, you don't want to have to follow 3 storylines, you'd prefer something less avant garde. Read more

761 Reviews | 165 Followers
90
Great music, Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if three great divas sharing a stage, a complex story told cogently through 3 time periods, rich music, wonderful staging, great set

Don't see it if you're not familiar with Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway or the book The Hours, you feel nothing will compare to the film

100 Reviews | 25 Followers
90
Riveting, Must see, Intense, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy stunning music performed by world-class artists. The visuals are also masterfully integrated throughout the story.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of opera or topics of depression and self-harm.

109 Reviews | 45 Followers
90
Star power, Lush music, High concept

See it if New opera thrillingly sung and intricately acted, beautifully designed, brilliantly conducted, appeals.

Don't see it if opera without arias, without applause breaks, without conventional narrative, & full of symbolism & literary references - is not your thing. Read more

995 Reviews | 946 Followers
88
Intelligent, Moving, Must see, Great book, Great singing

See it if Great fast paced and multifaceted story. Great twists. Superb performances.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate atonal music.

Critic Reviews (8)

SlashFilm
December 14th, 2022

This may sound lofty for an operatic adaptation, but the medium has a favorable condition: a large stage where time periods — and the specific individual emotions contained in them — share a temporal space. Owing to the staging by Phelim McDermott, this operatic version is resplendent in the emotions propelled by Kevin Puts's music and its three leading ladies.
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The New York Times
November 23rd, 2022
For a previous production

"Every scene in the opera eventually gets to the same place musically and dramatically, whipped into soaring emotion. The tear-jerking gets tiring."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 23rd, 2022
For a previous production

" Far from being a spinoff of a spinoff, Kevin Puts’s The Hours mixes musical freshness and venerable traditions in a fine and moving music drama."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 29th, 2022
For a previous production

"Most of the opera’s action scenes revolve around Clarissa, and their lack of musical momentum reveals the opera’s principal flaw: It has well-crafted episodes and deft, imaginative transitions, but the story arc is carried by the libretto rather than the music."
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The Washington Post
November 28th, 2022
For a previous production

"At the end of “The Hours,” you will find yourself energized by Puts’s splendid shape-shifting score, or the triple threat of its leads, or the richness of this multilayered narrative."
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Theatermania
November 24th, 2022
For a previous production

" 'The Hours is by no means an evening of light entertainment...if you can make it to the end, you hear a remarkable trio, when the three women finally come together in a musical room of their own. Sorrow has never sounded more beautiful."
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The Wrap
November 23rd, 2022
For a previous production

"The new opera 'The Hours' is wonderful in the most old-fashioned kind of way. Not only has it been written for a diva, the show is about a diva – and in this case, three of them."
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O
November 23rd, 2022
For a previous production

"Phelim McDermott’s production is brilliant in how it takes the libretto’s structure, Puts’ musical interpretation, and then layers it with a similarly vast theatrical palette. ... You can add 'The Hours' to the list of must-see operas this season."
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