Our guide to the city s best classical music and opera.
LA DOLCE MORTE at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Dec. 9, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.). Suzanne Farrin s 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 Shostakovich s Piano Trio No. 1, Prokofiev s Violin Sonata No. 2 and Rachmaninoff s Trio ÃlÃ©giaque 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 Mozart s Rondo in A minor, Prokofiev s Visions Fugitives, Beethoven s Sonata No. 30 and Schumann s Symphonic Ãtudes. Expect deep emotional engagement and intellectual insight.212-415-5500, 92y.org
THE MERRY WIDOW at the Metropolitan Opera (Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., through Jan. 11). Franz Lehar s operetta returns to the Met, in Jeremy Sams s 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, it s easy to overlook the Philharmonic s 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¨s s racy first opera, Powder Her Face. Hilary Hahn is the violin soloist for Bernstein s Serenade, and Sibelius s Tchaikovsky-esque Symphony No. 1 rounds out the program.212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org
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