Critics’ picks: Opera & Classical events

See the best Opera & Classical shows in NYC this week, as chosen by Time Out New York's critics.

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Le Nozze di Figaro

  • Critics choice

Conductor Edo de Waart takes over the final performances of this Mozart masterpiece. Serena Malfi sings the role of Cherubino, and Mariusz Kwiecien is the no-account Count. Also in the cast are Rachel Willis-Sørensen as the Countess, Erwin Schrott as Figaro—and the lyric soprano Danielle de

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Sat Dec 20
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New York Philharmonic

  • Critics choice

Before the Phil turns to predictable, seasonal fare, guest conductor Christoph von Dohnányi leads an all-Dvorák program, from Dec11 through 13. (The pieces on the bill are the composer's Symphony No. 9, plus his Piano Concerto; Martin Helmchen is the soloist in the latter work.) The orchestra's

  1. Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center) 132 W 65th St, at Broadway
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

  • Critics choice

Wagner's überlong comedy about the creative life of 16th-century poets and singers returns to the Met, in Otto Schenk's familiar, faithful production. The Met is turning out a crew that knows the work well: conductor James Levine, James Morris (as Hans Sachs), and Johan Botha (as Walther).

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Tue Dec 23
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Vijay Iyer: Music of Transformation

  • Critics choice

Leave it to the composer-pianist-professor to bring several different projects to his BAM Next Wave Festival dates. His striking work for string quartet and piano, Mutations I-X (one of the best albums of 2014 in any genre), will get a performance here, as will Iyer's soundtrack to Prashant

  1. BAM Harvey Theater 651 Fulton St, between Ashland and Rockwell Pls
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Make Music Winter

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Make Music New York, which inundates public spaces with live music every June 21, now brings its magic to the winter solstice, as well. Look out for participatory musical parades on Sun 21 everywhere from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to the High Line and the West 4th Street basketball courts (where

Duo Parnas

  • Critics choice

Sisters cellist Cicely Parnas and violinist Madalyn Parnas come to Subculture for an evening of works by William Bolcom, Honegger, Ravel and others.

  1. SubCulture 45 Bleecker St, between Bowery and Lafayette St, 10012
  2. Sun Dec 21
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Phill Niblock

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This seminal minimalist composer, multimedia trailblazer and invaluable scene booster celebrates the winter solstice at Roulette, overseeing a six-hour program of music, video and film.

  1. Roulette 509 Atlantic Ave, between Nevins St and Third Ave, 11217
  2. Sun Dec 21
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La Traviata

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Willy Decker's sleek, stylized Salzburg Festival staging of Verdi's songful tragedy returns to the Met with Marina Rebeka as Violetta and Stephen Costello as Alfredo. Ludovic Tézier and Quinn Kelsey share the role of Germont. Marco Armiliato conducts.

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Mon Dec 22
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Musica Sacra

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

It's high season for encounters with Handel's Messiah, which means that omnipresent choral-conducting superstar Kent Tritle is in demand. He leads one of New York's most renowned ensembles and a quartet of commendable soloists.

  1. Carnegie Hall 881 Seventh Ave, at 57th St
  2. Tue Dec 23
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Twelfth Night Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Trinity Church Wall Street fills the seasonal gap from Christmas to just after the New Year with a festival featuring some of New York's top early-music acts, including its own superb house choir. Events alternate between Trinity Church and the nearby St. Paul's Chapel. Some shows are free (and

  1. St. Paul's Chapel 209 Broadway, between Fulton and Vesey Sts
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Tue Jan 6
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