The Hours
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The Hours NYC Reviews and Tickets

88%
(193 Ratings)
Positive
93%
Mixed
7%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great singing, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining

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 (46)

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68 Reviews | 4 Followers
98
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Stirring operatic adaptation of Michael Cunningham's book/film The Hours, especially if you're familiar with Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway. Brillian

Don't see it if If you don't like non-linear, intermingled multiple plot lines, or if you aren't an opera fan. Somewhat dark and themes include suicide

774 Reviews | 332 Followers
98
Rejoice 2 see a fabulous new opera, 3 stories are linked to virginia woolf's, Celebrated proto-feminist novel, mrs. dalloway, 3 divas, didonato, fleming & o'hara, Sing their hearts out

See it if moving stories how queer women/those reject role as mother drivn towrds suicide; scintilatng music; cinematic choreo; big cast fine singers

Don't see it if unrelentingly grim; takes some time for the 3 stories 2 intersect but when they do the 3 divas r divine togthr

61 Reviews | 11 Followers
95
Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience three incredible opera stars surrounded by a spectacular production with an Innovative use of the chorus.

Don't see it if You don't like contemporary opera as this will not be for you. You don't like 3-hour long productions with many quiet moments.

95 Reviews | 9 Followers
94
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want to experience a beautiful opera in English with top quality performances.

Don't see it if you don't like opera or intertwining stories over different time periods.

76 Reviews | 12 Followers
90
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if Hearing these three great American women voices is a unique and wonderful experience. This dramatic opera also displays their great acting.

Don't see it if You don't like opera.

167 Reviews | 11 Followers
90
Refreshing, Profound, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an excellent contemporary opera with a profound story on identity, womanhood, and connection.

Don't see it if you are not interested in opera.

93 Reviews | 14 Followers
90
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You know the book or movie, and want to see a totally fresh approach to the material, esp w the staging of the Chorus..and the singing!

Don't see it if You are an opera purist, and do not like American modern approaches

457 Reviews | 89 Followers
90
Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if Incandescent singing & powerful acting overcome any difficulties of the dense, time fractured novel Puts' music radiates intensity for all

Don't see it if Pierce's libretto does wonders in keeping the fluid narrative clean but there are moments of difficult transitioning Second act feels rushed

Critic Reviews (10)

New York Classical Review
May 6th, 2024

"Whirls of transparent, colorful, scintillating music, both choral and orchestral"
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O
May 13th, 2024

" 'The Hours' is soul-stirring and a message about how time heals nothing and no one."
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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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