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

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The season that almost wasn't (due to labor disputes) kicks off with Mozart's passionate tale of class conflict (that resolves in the nick of time). Also good news is the fact that music director James Levine is scheduled to preside over the orchestra. Leading the cast are bass-baritone Ildar

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Mon Sep 22 - Sat Oct 25
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Da Capo Chamber Players

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The Da Capos showcase works by Pulitzer Prize winner Shulamit Ran, in honor of her 65th birthday. The earliest piece from the composer on the bill is 1977's solo piano essay Hyperbolae, while two works dating from 2011—Moon Songs and A Due—should keep the celebration feeling sufficiently

  1. Merkin Concert Hall 129 W 67th St, between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave
  2. Mon Sep 22
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New York Philharmonic Plays Mahler and Unsuk Chin

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Playing along to old movies is fun, sure—but here's where our hometown orchestra's season really starts to power up. Music director Alan Gilbert will lead his players through Mahler's first titanic symphony, as well as in the U.S. premiere of Unsuk Chin's Clarinet Concerto. Chin's high-drama,

  1. Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center) 132 W 65th St, at Broadway
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Tue Sep 30
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La Bohème

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Puccini's popular romantic tearjerker returns in a lavish, well-loved production by Franco Zeffirelli. The first cast in this season's run includes tenor Bryan Hymel as Rodolfo, surrounded by Ekaterina Scherbachenko (Mimì), Jennifer Rowley (Musetta) and Quinn Kelsey (Marcello). Conductor Riccardo

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Mon Sep 29
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Laurie Anderson: Landfall

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The Nonesuch Records at BAM series continues with iconic composer-performer Laurie Anderson's latest: an evening of stories and meditations on loss, inspired by Hurricane Sandy. Anderson—and her electronically tricked-out viola—will be joined by the new-classical superstars of the Kronos Quartet.

  1. BAM Harvey Theater 651 Fulton St, between Ashland and Rockwell Pls
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Sep 27
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Juilliard Baroque

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A faculty sextet of period-music aces offers a historically informed program titled "Zelenka's World," featuring music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and (you guessed it!) Zelenka.

  1. Paul Hall (at the Juilliard School) 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Tue Sep 23
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Inon Barnatan

  • Price band: 2/4
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Quite apart from his poised, poetic playing, Inon Barnatan has become a reliable source for intriguing programming. His new set list includes the New York premiere of Matthias Pintscher's Whirling Tissue of Light. That bracing bit of contemporaneity will be presented alongside selections by Bach,

  1. SubCulture 45 Bleecker St, between Bowery and Lafayette St, 10012
  2. Tue Sep 23
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Macbeth

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Anna Netrebko has taken on Verdi's Lady Macbeth before (at the Bavarian State Opera). She's even recorded excerpts of the work (for Deutsche Grammophon). But she has yet to sing the role in the big barn—until now, in a move that is sure to be much discussed. Serbian baritone Željko Lucic (a

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Wed Sep 24
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Battle Trance

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Genre-defying is the term that Brooklyn’s New Amsterdam label uses to describe saxophone quartet Battle Trance, led by Travis Laplante (and full of players with experience on the avant-jazz circuit). It's a stock phrase, perhaps, though they're correct to use it here: Given the overlapping sheets

  1. Roulette 509 Atlantic Ave, between Nevins St and Third Ave, 11217
  2. Wed Sep 24
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Beyond Minimalism

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Violinist Gregory Fulkerson and pianist Thomas Rosenkranz have selected a plausible piece with which to anchor this program: By 1995, when John Adams wrote Road Movies, he had moved well beyond his hard-core minimalist period. Pivoting off that classic and exciting work, the duo will present newer,

  1. Bargemusic Fulton Ferry Landing, at Furman and Old Fulton Sts
  2. Wed Sep 24
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