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August 10, 1998
Portrait of an Artist

Lincoln Center's tribute to Bernstein is wide-ranging but far less exuberant than the man it set out to honor.

July 27, 1998
Women in Love

Operas have dramatized almost every permutation of the love story, but until "Patience & Sarah," presented by Lincoln Center Festival 98, none had portrayed a lesbian romance.

July 20, 1998
Lady Killer

One longs for a properly impassioned diva in Glimmerglass's "Tosca," but good packaging (and that plotline) carry the opera far.

June 8, 1998
Heat Conductors

Major orchestras (but not New York's) are eyeing the adventurous Simon Rattle; James Conlon, an American in Paris, briefly returns.

June 1, 1998
In Brief: "Esther"

"Esther" is a miraculous merging of Handel and Racine.

June 1, 1998
The Song Also Rises

The New York Festival of Song celebrates ten successful years of giving voice.

May 18, 1998
From Russia With Like

The Kirov Opera's influence looms large, which makes Met Kremlin ologists nervous -- especially in light of so-so performances.

May 11, 1998
In Brief: "The Two Widows"
May 11, 1998
Borscht Belters

The Met's new guest conductor, Valery Gergiev, is already the toast of the town, but his visiting Kirov Opera turns out to be a mixed bag.

April 13, 1998
Rameau-to-Go

With no great period-instrument ensemble to call their own, Baroque-hearted New Yorkers must depend on the kindness of strangers.

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