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A Pygmalion Double Bill

In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Pygmalion is a sculptor who falls in love with one of his statues, which Venus then brings to life. New York City Opera presents a double bill of one-act works inspired by this myth: Rameau’s Pigmalion, which was first presented at the Opéra de Paris in 1748 and ranks among his finest pieces, and Donizetti’s Il Pigmalione, which was composed in 1816 while he was still a student and did not receive its premiere until 1960, decades after his death.