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Oct. 29 NT Live: Frankenstein

NT Live’s ‘Frankenstein’ a monster in need of some tender loving care

It’s alive! That is to say, National Theatre Live

By Barbara Haas

The National Theatre’s sell-out hit Frankenstein is one of those productions that leaves a reviewer searching for fresh superlatives. “Brilliant,” “amazing,” “memorable” — it is all these things. If you missed the 2011 NT Live performances, you have another chance. It’s back, as they say, by popular demand…

Nov. 1 Met simulcast: Carmen

The Met mounts a well sung but dramatically unconvincing ‘Carmen’

Should looks matter when casting the role of the iconic temptress for HD simulcast?

By David Abrams

Operagoers have long grown accustomed to sacrificing dramatic integrity for a rewarding musical experience. Joan Sutherland was in her ‘60s when she sang Gilda in scenes from Verdi’s Rigoletto at a Met Gala concert in 1987. Her singing brought the house down, though it’s unlikely that anyone in the theater believed this could be the title character’s teenage daughter…

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…

Nov. 9 Met simulcast: Tosca

The Met’s revival of Luc Bondy’s provocative ‘Tosca’ worth a second look 



The director’s controversial production of the beloved Puccini opera has not mellowed, but the audience may very well have



By David Abrams

It’s hard to believe that four years have passed since Luc Bondy’s controversial production of Tosca, which many had reviled as blasphemy.

Mar. 16 Met simulcast: Francesca da Rimini

The Met’s ‘Francesca da Rimini’ visually appealing, dramatically appalling

Sets and costumes are gorgeous and the singing is good, but the libretto’s slow and continuously interrupted dramatic action grows tiresome

By David Rubin

Ricardo Zandonai’s 1914 opera Francesca da Rimini is a one-act potboiler buried in a four-act sarcophagus…

Mar. 2 Met simulcast: Parsifal

Blood and guts: The Met’s ‘Parsifal’ a vocal and instrumental triumph

François Girard’s symbolist rendition of Wagner’s morality play offers ample room for interpretation, but little insight into the composer’s mystifying libretto

By David Abrams

François Girard’s daring new Metropolitan Opera production of Parsifal…