Classical happenings in the Big Apple

Photo credit: Michelle V. Agins / The New York Times

Photo credit: Michelle V. Agins / The New York Times

Opera

★ Les Arts Florissants (Saturday and Sunday) Opera and ballet were so bound up during the French Baroque period that a popular combination genre called opera-ballet developed. The conductor William Christie and his acclaimed ensemble Les Arts Florissants return to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to present the inventive director Robert Carsen’s staging of the composer André Campra’s “Les Fêtes Vénitiennes,” a classic opera-ballet. The story features gamblers, Gypsies, jilted lovers and general decadence. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, Fort Greene, 718-636-4100, bam.org. (Anthony Tommasini)

Metropolitan Opera (Friday thorough Thursday) The soprano Maria Agresta is a winning Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s lavish production of★“La Bohème” on Friday (at 8 p.m.; also at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday). On Monday, at 8 p.m., New Yorkers have a chance to see Patrice Chéreau’s much-admired production of ★ “Elektra,” with the marvelous soprano Nina Stemme in the title role; Waltraud Meier is Klytämnestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts. This week brings the season’s last performances of David McVicar’s new production of Donizetti’s ★ “Roberto Devereux,” with Sondra Radvanovsky in a dramatically compelling portrayal of Queen Elizabeth (Saturday at 1 p.m. and Tuesday at 7:30). Saturday evening offers Plácido Domingo in the title role of Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra,” his first baritone role at the house, with James Levine conducting a cast that also includes Ferruccio Furlanetto and Joseph Calleja. And on Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m., Aleksandrs Antonenko sings the title role in Verdi’s “Otello”; Hibla Gerzmava is Desdemona and Zeljko Lucic is Iago. Full schedules are online. Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, 212-362-6000,metopera.org. (Vivien Schweitzer)

‘Science Fair’ (through April 24) This new “opera with experiments,” dreamed up and performed by the mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn, marries scientific demonstrations and a libretto built from the words of scientists to music by the composers Matthew Schickele, Renée Favand-See, Stefan Weisman and Conrad Cummings. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., Here, 145 Avenue of the Americas, at Dominick Street, South Village, 212-352-3101, here.org. (David Allen)

Classical Music

Alice Tully Hall (Friday, Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday) The week’s most illustrious guest here is the German baritone Matthias Goerne, a powerfully dramatic Lied interpreter, who on Wednesday presents a recital of songs by Schumann, Hanns Eisler (a German-Austrian émigré whose “Hollywood Elegien” get a rare outing here) and Hugo Wolf. Other highlights include the Emerson String Quartet in a Sunday afternoon concert that draws a bridge from the last complete set of Haydn quartets to Beethoven’s first contributions to the genre. The Emerson’s cellist, Paul Watkins, can also be heard at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s program on Friday; he joins the pianist Gilles Vonsattel, the violist Paul Neubauer and the violinist Arnaud Sussmann in music by Beethoven, Dvorak and Dohnanyi. On Thursday the violinist Tessa Lark, a rising star, joins the guitarist Bokyung Byun and the New Juilliard Ensemble under the direction of Joel Sachs in a program of brand-new works by composers from countries as far afield as Japan and Bolivia, Israel and the Philippines. Full information is available on the websites of the presenters:lcgreatperformers.org (Goerne and Emerson);chambermusicsociety.orgjuilliard.edu. Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Carnegie Hall (all week) A magnificent week at 57th and Seventh begins with ★ Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax giving a rare performance of all five Beethoven cello sonatas in the Stern Auditorium on Friday at 8 p.m., while upstairs in Weill Hall, at 7:30 p.m., the fascinating soprano ★­ Christiane Karg is joined by the accompanist Malcolm Martineau in songs by Wolf, Poulenc, Duparc, Koechlin and more. TheBaltimore Symphony is in town for a night, with Mahler and Kevin Puts (Saturday at 8 p.m., Stern), but the big attraction is the ★­Bavarian Radio Symphony, a band easily among the world’s best. It brings Korngold’s Violin Concerto (the soloist is the unmissable Leonidas Kavakos), along with Corigliano and Dvorak on Tuesday at Stern, and Shostakovich’s titanic “Leningrad” Symphony on Wednesday. On a smaller scale, Jeremy Denk shuffles ragtime, Renaissance and Schubert (Sunday at 2 p.m., Stern), and the ★ Takacs Quartet, which plays Beethoven and Webern, is joined by Garrick Ohlsson for Elgar’s Piano Quintet (Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Zankel). 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org. (Allen)

Mata Festival (Friday and Saturday) The essential Mata Festival presents a yearly week of music by composers under 40 whose works cross genres, styles and categories. The festival ends this weekend with a program on Friday called “Neither Land, Nor Sea, Nor Air,” featuring works by composers from China, Ukraine and Denmark, among other countries; and a final program on Saturday, “Where Seagulls Scream and Breakers Roar,” featuring composers from countries such as Ireland, Israel and Mexico. At 8 p.m., Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, Lower East Side, 212-563-5124, matafestival.org. (Tommasini)

New York Philharmonic (Friday through Thursday) The veteran maestro Bernard Haitink leads the orchestra in performances of Mahler’s magisterial Symphony No. 9 on Friday, Saturday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, the music director Alan Gilbert takes the helm for a program featuring more Mahler — “Das Lied von der Erde” with the tenor Stefan Vinke and the baritone Thomas Hampson as soloists — and Sibelius’s seething Symphony No. 7. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, 212-875-5656, nyphil.org. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

St. Lawrence String Quartet (Monday and Wednesday) Haydn almost never gets his due anymore, so Monday provides a welcome opportunity to dig deep into a single work: the “Joke” quartet, with Geoff Nuttall, the violinist, leading a discussion and performance. On Wednesday there’s more Haydn, including an arrangement of his Symphony No. 102, plus Janacek and the premiere of a work by Jonathan Berger. Monday at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 212-415-5500, 92y.org. (Allen)

★ Tenet (Saturday) This excellent period vocal and instrumental ensemble, directed here by the lutenist Paul O’Dette, performs Monteverdi’s “Madrigals of War and Love.” At 7 p.m., New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, Manhattan, 888-718-4253, tenet.nyc. (Schweitzer)

Francesca Verunelli (Thursday) Another Ircam product receives a portrait at Miller, this time an Italian composer who counts Susanna Malkki among her advocates. “Five Songs: Kafka’s Sirens” has its world premiere, alongside “The Famous Box Trick,” written for the flutist Claire Chase, and two other works. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, millertheatre.com. (Allen)