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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The Joshua Light Show

  • Critics choice

“Liquid light” artist Joshua White provided consummately trippy backdrops for Fillmore East performances during the hippie-rock era (not to mention the memorable illuminations during that acid-party scene in Midnight Cowboy). This week White aligns with some of today’s vanguard outfits for a

  1. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts 566 La Guardia Pl, at Washington Sq South, 10012
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Oct 25
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The Death of Klinghoffer

  • Critics choice

John Adams’s opera about Leon Klinghoffer’s murder, committed by Palestinian terrorists during the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro, has inspired praise and criticism since its 1991 premiere. But the latest protests—which continued outside the Met at this new production’s premiere—have

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Nov 15
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The Source

  • Critics choice

The talented postminimalist composer Ted Hearne collaborates with librettist Mark Doten on this promising-looking piece (for four voices and electronics) about ex-Army private and key Wikileaks source Chelsea Manning. Daniel Fish directs.

  1. BAM Fisher 321 Ashland Pl, between Hanson Pl and Lafayette Ave, 11217
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Oct 25
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Bargemusic

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

At the floating concert hall, violinist Mark Peskanov and a quintet of collaborators will present an intriguing set list of Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 18, No. 1 in F major, and Crumb's Sun and Shadow.

  1. Bargemusic Fulton Ferry Landing, at Furman and Old Fulton Sts
  2. Fri Oct 24
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New York Philharmonic

  • Critics choice

Music director Alan Gilbert leads the orchestra through Bruckner's massive, overwhelming Sympony No. 8 this week. The composer's final symphony is a full meal all on its own, though frequent Philharmonic guest Yefim Bronfman will also be on hand during this run of concerts; he'll be playing the

  1. Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center) 132 W 65th St, at Broadway
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Tue Oct 28
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Works of Eliane Radigue & Denis Dufour

  • Critics choice

Trumpeter Nate Wooley and clarinetist Carol Robinson have quite the program of avant-classical world premieres tonight. Together, they'll play Dufour's Cinq forms d'appel. Three new pieces from electronic-drone pioneer Eliane Radigue—who has been writing for acoustic instruments of

  1. Issue Project Room 110 Livingston St, at Boerum Pl
  2. Fri Oct 24
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The Magic Flute

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Julie Taymor's whirling, whooshing, puppet-filled production of Mozart's lively singspiel returns in its full-length, German-language iteration at the Met this season. Adam Fischer conducts this year's run, which features Toby Spence as Tamino and Markus Werba as Papageno.

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sat Nov 8
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Oliver Lake & FLUX Quartet

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Avant-jazz experimentalist Oliver Lake—who has also written orchestra pieces and string-ensemble works—uses one of his sets during a weeklong residency at The Stone to partner up with the high-capacity FLUX Quartet.

  1. The Stone Ave C, at 2nd St
  2. Sat Oct 25
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KeyedUp Music Project

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This program from pianist Marc Peloquin's upstart series will feature selections from Crumb's Makrokosmos and Zeitgeist, along with pieces by Scriabin and Alexandra Wagner.

  1. Tenri Cultural Institute 43A W 13th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10011
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Le Poème Harmonique

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The acclaimed French early-music ensemble returns to town for a candlelit performance of pieces by Lalande, Charpentier and others.

  1. Church of St. Mary the Virgin 145 W 46th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Sat Oct 25
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