Our guide to the cityâs best classical music and opera.
âLA DOLCE MORTEâ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Dec. 9, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.). Suzanne Farrinâs monodrama, based on love poems written by Michelangelo for a young Roman nobleman, returns to the Metropolitan Museum for a second run, after its powerful premiere performances last year. Eric Jurenas is now the countertenor in a production created by the director Doug Fitch, with accompaniment provided by the International Contemporary Ensemble.212-535-7710, metmuseum.org
JANINE JANSEN AND FRIENDS at Zankel Hall (Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.). More chamber music from this esteemed violinist, who is starting her Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall. With the pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk and the cellist Torleif ThedÃ©en, she plays Shostakovichâs Piano Trio No. 1, Prokofievâs Violin Sonata No. 2 and Rachmaninoffâs âTrio ÃlÃ©giaqueâ No. 2, an homage to Tchaikovsky.212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org
JEREMY DENK at the 92nd Street Y (Dec. 9, 8 p.m.). Mr. Denk has become particularly noted for programs that head off the beaten track, but this one is more traditional. On the bill are Mozartâs Rondo in A minor, Prokofievâs âVisions Fugitives,â Beethovenâs Sonata No. 30 and Schumannâs âSymphonic Ãtudes.â Expect deep emotional engagement and intellectual insight.212-415-5500, 92y.org
âTHE MERRY WIDOWâ at the Metropolitan Opera (Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., through Jan. 11). Franz Leharâs operetta returns to the Met, in Jeremy Samsâs English translation. The title role is taken up by the audience favorite Susan Graham, supported by Paul Groves, Thomas Allen and Andriana Chuchman. Ward Stare makes his house debut on the podium.212-362-6000, metopera.org
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC at David Geffen Hall (Dec. 12, 7.30 p.m., through Dec. 16). With the feast of Handel on offer every year during Advent, itâs easy to overlook the Philharmonicâs annual performances in favor of the charms of St. Thomas Church, or the power and fury of Trinity Wall Street. But the Philharmonic brings a certain guarantee of quality. This year, Andrew Manze conducts, with the soloists JoÃ©lle Harvey, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Ben Bliss and Andrew Foster-Williams. The Westminster Symphonic Choir, directed by Joe Miller, does the choral honors.212-875-5656, nyphil.org
PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA at Carnegie Hall (Dec. 8, 8 p.m.). A rare nod to contemporary music from Yannick NÃ©zet-SÃ©guin and his forces, albeit only with a reworked version of a suite from Thomas AdÃ¨sâs racy first opera, âPowder Her Face.â Hilary Hahn is the violin soloist for Bernsteinâs âSerenade,â and Sibeliusâs Tchaikovsky-esque Symphony No. 1 rounds out the program.212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org