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Classical Music Reviews Archive

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.

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