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François Girard's new Fliegende Holländer disappoints at The Met

Evgeny Nikitin (Holländer) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
François Girard’s production presents the moody, stormy atmosphere of Norwegian seascapes with stunning visuals, but offers few fresh ideas on the doomed love between the Dutchman and Senta.
***11
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A musically ideal Così in The Met's revival

Luca Pisaroni (Guglielmo) and Serena Malfi (Dorabella) © Jonathan Tichler | Met Opera
Phelim McDermott’s Coney Island Così fan tutte returns to The Met, in sparkling vocal performances. 
****1
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Garanča glows in The Met's Damnation de Faust

Elīna Garanča © Ken Howard | Met Opera
Edward Gardner's conducting brings out the nuances of Berlioz's complex score, but The Met's concert staging lacks theatrical thrust.
***11
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Aleksandra Kurzak impresses as the Met’s new Violetta

Aleksandra Kurzak (Violetta) © Marty Sohl | Met Opera
Michael Mayer’s colorful and busy production of La traviata returned to the Met with a triumphant performance of the title role by soprano Aleksandra Kurzak.
****1
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Bleak and hopeless: William Kentridge's Wozzeck at the Met

Peter Mattei (Wozzeck) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
Despite theatrical drawbacks, this Wozzeck is heartily recommend due to Yannick Nézet-Séguin's staggering understanding of all facets of Berg's score.
****1
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