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Oct. 11 Met simulcast: Macbeth

Anna Netrebko, now a dramatic soprano, shines in the Met’s dark and murky ‘Macbeth’

The former lyric soprano holds up well — and survives the intrusive close-up camerawork of the ‘Live in HD’ transmission

By David Abrams

Ever since the September 24 opening of the Met’s current production of Verdi’s Macbeth, critics have been pretty much unanimous in their acclaim for Anna Netrebko’s portrayal of the iconic Lady Macbeth. The praise is well deserved, all the more so considering the transformation of vocal timbre she had to undergo to prepare for this role. By the time of Saturday’s Live in HD simulcast, about the only question remaining was how the Russian superstar would withstand the intense scrutiny of the close-up camerawork…

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…

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…