Metropolitan Opera

April 14 Met simulcast: La Traviata

Courtesan light: A ‘Traviata’ without the glamour and glitz

The Met’s quasi-surreal production, which examines Violetta’s soul but casts aside her flamboyant lifestyle, dies long before the sickly heroine

By David Abrams

Willy Decker wasn’t the first man to try and gain a better perspective of the courtesan Violetta by examining what lay beneath the iconic red dress…

Feb. 25 Met simulcast: Ernani

  The Met brews up a production of ‘Ernani’ that’s about 97-percent caffeine free But conductor Marco Armiliato’s lackluster rendition of Verdi’s passionate score suggests he could have used a double shot of espresso By David Rubin Perhaps the plot of Verdi’s fifth opera and early hit Ernani appealed to his audience in 1844.  But in 2012, this…

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…

October 15 Met simulcast: Anna Bolena

  Anna Netrebko packs house — and costume — in Met’s new production of Anna Bolena Girlish figure may be gone, but the Russian soprano cuts an otherwise convincing image as the tragic wife of Henry VIII in Donizetti’s opera By David Rubin As compelling musically as portions of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena are, it is…