- September 24, 2007
- Not So Beloved
Margaret Garner, the opera by Richard Danielpour and Toni Morrison, fails its powerful material.
- May 21, 2007
Bill Viola’s much-anticipated reinterpretation of Tristan und Isolde’s sexual angst is oddly neuter.
- March 26, 2007
- The Battle of Britain
George Bernard Shaw thought little of Gilbert and Sullivan. Would an evening at Lincoln Center have changed his mind?
- February 26, 2007
- Lights! Camera! Opera!
Never mind the high-definition hype: The Met’s Eugene Onegin is beautiful (if still austere) on the big screen.
- January 8, 2007
- Cold Fusion
Tan Dun’s shtick—using Chinese musical gestures in Western opera—leaves both genres worse for wear.
- November 27, 2006
- Razzle-Dazzle Rossini
Yes, the Met is overhyping its new Il Barbiere di Siviglia. But the production has energy to spare—so who’s arguing?
- November 6, 2006
- Diva Emergency
They don’t make them like they used to. Can Renée Fleming and Audra McDonald save this endangered species?
- October 23, 2006
- That's Donizetti, Daddy-O!
Jonathan Miller’s L’Elisir d’Amore ain’t for squares, baby.
- October 9, 2006
- Meet the New Boss
Amid a circus of hype, Peter Gelb’s Met makes its debut on the wings of a cold, stiff Butterfly.
- October 2, 2006
- Can I Ask You a Sexual Favor?
City Opera’s Semele takes a satirical brush to less-than-savory methods of political advancement.