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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ensemble mise-en

  • Critics choice
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Fast-rising New York contemporary-classical group ensemble mise-en comes to Columbia University's posh Italian Academy for a free, all-Berio program. The evening will be heavy on mysterious and instrument-challenging selections from the composer's series of solo Sequenzas—plus the 2000 revision

  1. Italian Academy (at Columbia University) 1161 Amsterdam Ave, between 116th and 118th Sts
  2. Wed Oct 22
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Belcea Quartet

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This exacting, exciting English group plays Mozart's String Quartet in F major, Brahms's String Quartet in C minor and Berg's Lyric Suite.

  1. Zankel Hall (at Carnegie Hall) 154 W 57th St, at Seventh Ave
  2. Wed Oct 22
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Le Nozze di Figaro

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Conductor James Levine led an enjoyable performance of this Mozart masterpiece on the Met's opening night. Vocal (and acting) standouts included Isabel Leonard as Cherubino and the great Peter Mattei as the no-account Count. The young Amanda Majeski, subbing in on short notice as the Countess, had

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 25
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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. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 25
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New York Philharmonic

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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. Thu Oct 23 - Tue Oct 28
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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. Thu Oct 23 - Sat Nov 1
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Notes on Fiction: Edgar Allan Poe

  • Critics choice

In honor of the spookiest time of the year, chamber orchestra The Curiosity Cabinet performs a concert inspired by one of the most legendary horror writers ever known. Experimental 1920s silent films and a Poe-inspired feat of puppetry complement the musicians’ original score.

  1. Center for Fiction 17 E 47th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves
  2. Thu Oct 23
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The Jerusalem Quartet

  • Critics choice

The celebrated group is going all in on Brahms, during a three-concert run at 92Y. The kickoff set on Oct 23 includes the composer's String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1—as well as the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor and the Sonata for Viola and Piano in E-flat major. (Sharon Kam

  1. 92Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall 1395 Lexington Ave, and 92nd St, 10128
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Wed Oct 29
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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. Thu Oct 23 - Sat Oct 25
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Cameron Carpenter

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This electropunk organist has the rare ability to knock a Bach toccata out of the park before smoothly transitioning to a Leonard Cohen arrangement. On Thu 23, he brings his "international touring organ" to the Town Hall.

  1. The Town Hall 123 W 43rd St, between Sixth Ave and Broadway
  2. Thu Oct 23
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