Here, we present the cream of the new crop of artists you’ll be talking about in 2016.
1. Misty Copeland became the first African-American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre in its 75-year history. She kicks off the season this May with productions of Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake at the Metropolitan Opera House. 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
2. The de facto voices of millennial New York, comedy duo Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson—they recently hosted the 25th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards—look to stay true to their roots in 2016, starting with a new season of their smash Comedy Central series, Broad City, premiering in February.
3. Performing the titular role in Alban Berg’s femme fatale epic Lulu for the 10th and final time this winter at the Metropolitan Opera House, award-winning German soprano Marlis Petersen understands the allure of going out on top. “It’s good to stop on a high point,” she says.
4. Esa-Pekka Salonen is sure to be a familiar face around the New York Philharmonic as he begins his three-year run as the Marie-Josée Kravis composer-in-residence with a conducting role for Messiaen Week this March. 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
5. Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker takes the Broadway stage for the very first time in Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie, debuting in February. Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St.