Critics’ picks: Opera & Classical events

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

MATA Festival 2014

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A festival produced by composer for composers—and for the listeners who love composers—MATA returns with a strong international lineup of events, starting with tonight's premiere-packed visit by Finnish ensemble Uusinta. New and recent pieces by Carolyn Chen, Natacha Diels and Alex Weiser are

  1. The Kitchen 512 W 19th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Mon Apr 21
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Vidas Perfectas

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Alex Waterman reboots Robert Ashley's seminal "television opera" Perfect Lives with this Spanish-language video/stage show that stars singer-songwriter Ned Sublette as R and Cuban keyboard player Elio Villafranca as Buddy, "the greatest piano player in the world." While the narrative remains the

  1. Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Ave, at 75th St, 10021
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sun Apr 20
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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

  • Price band: 3/4
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Ensconced in the posh setting of Lincoln Center's picturesque penthouse, society members dig into modern works, including the New York premiere of Sebastian Currier's Parallel Worlds among pieces by Ezequiel Viñao, Fred Lerdahl, Osvaldo Golijov and Detlev Glanert.

  1. Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (at Lincoln Center) 165 W 65th St, between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave, tenth floor
  2. Thu Apr 17
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I puritani

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Michele Mariotti mounts the podium for the return of Bellini's historical drama, in a production by Sandro Sequi and Ming Cho Lee. Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko makes her Met debut as Elvira, with thrilling tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Arturo, Mariusz Kwiecien as Riccardo and Michele Pertusi as

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sat May 10
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Bach, Revisited

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Miller Theatre's new, improved Bach series welcomes the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble for an evening curated by distinguished American composer Joan Tower, who slips her Big Sky, In Memory and String Quartet No. 5 ("White Water") among the movements of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos No. 5.

  1. Miller Theatre (at Columbia University) 2960 Broadway, at 116th St
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Axiom

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Jeffrey Milarsky conducts Juilliard's crack new-music squadron in three major modernist milestones: Stockhausen's Funf Sternzeichen and Refrain, and Boulez's Derive 2. Free tickets are available in advance at the Juilliard box office.

  1. Alice Tully Hall (at Lincoln Center) 1941 Broadway, at 65th St
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Bargemusic

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Would you believe that you've got two opportunities to hear Frederic Rzewski's Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues on the barge this week? On Apr 18, Gilles Vonsattel plays it alongside works by Beethoven, Liszt, Janacek and Messiaen, among others; on Apr 23, Thomas Schultz includes it in a mix of Chopin

  1. Bargemusic Fulton Ferry Landing, at Furman and Old Fulton Sts
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Wed Apr 23
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Pomerium

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

This distinguished, veteran early-music vocal ensemble gives a special Easter-weekend concert at the Met's medieval outpost. The program traces the passion, ending with celebratory motets by Lassus, Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Byrd.

  1. The Cloisters Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr
  2. Sat Apr 19
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Pomerium

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

This distinguished, veteran early-music vocal ensemble gives a special Easter-weekend concert at the Met's medieval outpost. The program traces the passion, ending with celebratory motets by Lassus, Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Byrd.

  1. The Cloisters Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr
  2. Sat Apr 19
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Madama Butterfly

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Kristine Opolais is the doomed geisha Cio-Cio-San in Anthony Minghella's gorgeous, cinematic production of Puccini's beloved tearjerker, with Maria Zifchak as Suzuki, James Valenti as Pinkerton and Dwayne Croft as Sharpless; Marco Armiliato conducts. (On Apr 19, Adam Diegel sings Pinkerton.)

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Sat Apr 19
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  2. Wed Apr 16 - Mon Sep 1
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Theater: Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
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  2. Thu May 15 - Sun May 18
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  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Sun Jun 15
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  1. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Sat May 10
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Museums: "The Little Prince: A New York Story"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Ave, at 36th St
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Sun Apr 27
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