Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
‘ADRIANA LECOUVREUR’ at the Metropolitan Opera (Dec. 31, 6 p.m.; through Jan. 26). Francesco Cilea’s showcase for leading vocal lights is the New Year’s Eve gala at the Met, and there is no more leading a lady than the soprano singing the title role: Anna Netrebko. She is joined by a superb cast, including Piotr Beczala as Maurizio, Anita Rachvelishvili as the Principessa, Ambrogio Maestri as Michonnet and Maurizio Muraro as Prince de Bouillon. Gianandrea Noseda conducts; the production is by David McVicar, a Met standby.
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC at David Geffen Hall (Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 4, 11 a.m.; Jan. 5, 8 p.m.). Replacing the young hotshot Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, who would have made her Philharmonic debut with these concerts but remains on maternity leave, Paavo Jarvi conducts a program of Sibelius’s “Lemminkainen and the Maidens of the Island,” the second suite from Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloé” and Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. Gautier Capuçon is the soloist.
NEW YORK STRING ORCHESTRA at Carnegie Hall (Dec. 28, 8 p.m.). The second holiday concert from this group is a heavy-hitting one fit for its special 50th anniversary concert. Joshua Bell is on hand as the soloist in Brahms’s Violin Concerto, and there’s also Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, the “Pathétique,” and George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings.” Jaime Laredo and Karina Canellakis conduct.
TENET VOCAL ARTISTS at the Church of St. Jean Baptiste (Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 6, 2 p.m.). This group, a mainstay of the New York Baroque scene, has made a specialty of Monteverdi’s vocal music over the years through its Green Mountain Project. Here, in honor of the project’s 10th anniversary, they perform the 1610 Vespers, as part of a mini-festival that also includes a performance of 16th-century Spanish music from the outstanding Boston vocal ensemble Blue Heron, on Jan. 5.