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New York CityLa Traviata (15th December 2018)

La traviata © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Verdi: La traviata
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Michael Mayer; Metropolitan Opera; Christine Jones; Susan Hilferty; Kevin Adams; Diana Damrau

New York CityMarnie (10th November 2018)

Isabel Leonard (Marnie) and Iestyn Davies (Terry) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
Muhly: Marnie
Robert Spano; Michael Mayer; Metropolitan Opera; Julian Crouch; Arianne Phillips; Isabel Leonard; Christopher Maltman
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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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The Met welcomes Nézet-Séguin with a new Traviata

La traviata © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
A new production of La Traviata, colorful and conventional, brings little new ideas but is a fine vehicle for a fine performance conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin that features a trio of excellent singers.
****1
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Superb production and cast can't make The Met's Marnie live

Isabel Leonard (Marnie) and Iestyn Davies (Terry) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
The cast, sets, costumes and direction of Muhly's opera Marnie impress, but the music somehow falls short of expectations.
***11
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Muhly's Marnie fails to find the drama of the novel

Sasha Cooke (Marnie) © Richard Hubert Smith
A decent cast was unable to redeem a fundamentally dull opera that lacks the psycholgical complexity and tension of both the original Graham novel and its famous Hitchcock adaptation.
***11
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Met hits the jackpot with revival of its Vegas Rigoletto

Stephen Costello (The Duke of Mantua) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
The gambling tables and neon lights of Las Vegas might not be the images which immediately enter your head when you think of Verdi’s Rigoletto, but bold art is often created and progressed by the pushing of boundaries and by challenging audiences to reimagine the familiar.
****1
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The Met overindulges in a decadent Rigoletto

Does it really matter where an opera is set? These days, this question seems to trail Rigoletto
***11
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