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 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. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 8
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New York Philharmonic

  • Critics choice

While Alan Gilbert is off to prepare for his forthcoming guest stint with the Berlin Philharmonic, conductor Leonard Slatkin guests with the hometown orchestra in this stretch of subscription concerts. On this week's bill are Copland's El Salón Mexico, Ravel's Bolero and Gaspard de la nuit (the

  1. Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center) 132 W 65th St, at Broadway
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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Carmen

  • Critics choice

Anita Rachvelishvili is first up in the title role of Bizet's classic, in this season's revival of Richard Eyre's production. Aleksandrs Antonenko is her Don Jose. The excellent conductor Pablo Heras-Casado leads the orchestra.

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Sat Nov 1
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The Death of Klinghoffer

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An operatic retelling of a terrorist murder is bound to cause some unease, which is why this work has been talked about more than heard since its 1991 premiere. But on its recent opening night at the Met, protesters outside Lincoln Center—most of whom had not seen the work, and pledged not

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sat Nov 15
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New Juilliard Ensemble

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Paul Hall (at the Juilliard School) 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Mon Nov 3
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Aida

  • Critics choice

Having made her Met debut to widespread acclaim in this production of Verdi's Egyptian tragedy, Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska returns in the title role. Marco Armiliato conducts the first leg of this season's run.

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Tue Nov 4 - Wed Nov 12
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Darmstadt: Terry Riley's In C

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Tue Nov 4
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Show Boat

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

The groundbreaking Kern-Hammerstein epic receives a series of concert performances from the New York Philharmonic, with a cast of musical-theater pros including Vanessa Williams,Lauren Worsham, Julian Ovenden, Norm Lewis, Christopher Fitzgerald, Alli Mauzey and Fred Willard. Ted Sperling conducts.

  1. 132 W 65th St, at Broadway
  2. $89–$239
  3. Wed Nov 5 - Sat Nov 8
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Orchestra of St. Luke's

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Fiery young conductor Pablo Heras-Casado brings his versatile ensemble back to Carnegie Hall for a Shakespeare-themed program. There's a typically intriguing mix of compositional styles on the bill: Works by Mendelssohn, Purcell and Tchaikovsky snuggle up next to the modernism of Dallapiccola's

  1. Carnegie Hall 154 W 57th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Thu Nov 6
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Sybarite5

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The inventive string quintet has made a name for itself with crossover fodder, such as instrumental covers of indie-rock songs, but it's just as likely to offer well-played renditions of Dvorak or Mozart. During two sets this week, the group mixes arrangements of Radiohead tunes with a recent piece

  1. The Cell 338 W 23rd St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Thu Nov 6 - Fri Nov 7
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