Monthly Archives: November 2011

Nov. 5 Met simulcast: Siegfried

Singers, orchestra dwarf Lepage’s mechanical monstrosity in the Met’s ‘Siegfried’

The über-expensive set offers little dramatic insight into the production and, if anything, impoverishes Wagner’s music drama. But with a performance this good, who cares?

By David Rubin

Audience reaction to the first two operas…

October 29 Met simulcast: Don Giovanni

The Met’s ‘Don Giovanni’ eschews gimmickry, lets Mozart’s masterpiece speak for itself

Mille e tre critics can’t be wrong — or can they? Michael Grandage’s controversial new production is better than the nay-sayers would have us believe

By David Rubin

Is there, really, much new that any director can say about Mozart’s Don Giovanni without doing violence…