Opera & Classical Music

Your guide to NYC's best opera shows and classical performances


Critics’ picks: Opera & Classical events

La Traviata

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Willy Decker's sleek, stylized Salzburg Festival staging of Verdi's songful tragedy returns to the Met with Marina Rebeka as Violetta and Stephen Costello as Alfredo. Ludovic Tézier and Quinn Kelsey

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Tue Dec 16 - Tue Dec 30
More info

La Traviata

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Willy Decker's sleek, stylized Salzburg Festival staging of Verdi's songful tragedy returns to the Met with Marina Rebeka as Violetta and Stephen Costello as Alfredo. Ludovic Tézier and Quinn Kelsey

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Fri Dec 19
More info

Make Music Winter

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Make Music New York, which inundates public spaces with live music every June 21, now brings its magic to the winter solstice, as well. Look out for participatory musical parades on Sun 21 everywhere

  1. Various locations
  2. Sun Dec 21
More info

La Traviata

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Willy Decker's sleek, stylized Salzburg Festival staging of Verdi's songful tragedy returns to the Met with Marina Rebeka as Violetta and Stephen Costello as Alfredo. Ludovic Tézier and Quinn Kelsey

  1. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Mon Dec 22
More info
See more critics' picks


Recent Opera & Classical reviews

Album review: Anna Netrebko, Verdi

  • Rated as: 3/5

The popular Russian soprano previews a future path into Verdi's operas, with mixed results Russian soprano Anna Netrebko opens the Met season in the most popular (and—note to President

Album review: Thomas Meglioranza, Winterreise

  • Rated as: 4/5

A New York new-music MVP puts his expressive stamp on a timeless Schubert song cycle Schubert’s lieder cycle Winterreise (“Winter Journey”) can be a grim ride if approached as the marmoreal

Album review: Hidden Handel

  • Rated as: 4/5

Swedish mezzo Ann Hallenenberg soars in mostly unfamiliar fare by Handel

Album review: So Percussion, neither Anvil nor Pulley

  • Rated as: 4/5

The new-music quartet gets creative with a new virtual LP


New York's best classical music venues

Carnegie Hall

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Artistic director Clive Gillinson continues to put his stamp on Carnegie Hall. The stars, both soloists and orchestras, shine most brightly inside this renowned concert hall in the Isaac Stern

  1. 154 W 57th St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves)
More info

Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center)

  • Price band: 1/4

The grandest of the Lincoln Center buildings, the Met is a spectacular place to see and hear opera. It hosts the Metropolitan Opera from September to May, with major visiting companies appearing in

  1. Lincoln Center Plaza, (at 65th St)
More info

Le Poisson Rouge

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Tucked into the basement of the long-gone Village Gate—a legendary performance space that hosted everyone from Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix—Le Poisson Rouge was opened in 2008 by a group of young

  1. 158 Bleecker St, (at Thompson St)
Book online

Bargemusic

  • Price band: 2/4

This former coffee-bean barge usually presents four chamber concerts a week (plus one jazz program) set against a panoramic view of lower Manhattan. It’s a magical experience (and the programming

  1. Fulton Ferry Landing, (at Furman and Old Fulton Sts)
More info
See more of New York's best

Opera & Classical events calendar

  1. New York...

    Before the Phil turns to predictable, seasonal far...

  2. Vijay Iyer: Music...

    Leave it to the composer-pianist-professor to brin...

  3. Hansel and Gretel

    The Met's whimsical production of Humperdinck's be...

Subscribe to Time Out New York on Spotify for playlists and recommendations from our Music team.

Check out New York's best restaurants, hottest street style, cool apartments and more.