There are few cures better for the postapocalyptic hurricane-blackout doldrums than a heavy dose of contemporary opera. With its rabid unpredictability, deconstruction of modern technology, and gale-force philosophical questions, the New York City Opera’s annual festival of new works and works-in-progress presented as staged readings is geared toward destabilizing the unquestioning mind, the pared-down Brechtian equivalent of Hurricane Sandy. John Zorn, Christopher Weiss, and Osnat Netzer are all featured composers. Subjects are far-flung: By the end of the night, 12th-century German mystic Hildegard von Bingen, samurais, courtly romance, the Baader-Meinhof Gang, and Kate Chopin will have all graced the stage.
Sun., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., 2012