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Miles to go

“When is good enough not quite good enough? For the answer, look no further than New York City Opera’s production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Opening at BAM on Sunday, just after the edgy brilliance of the company’s Powder Her Face last week, the uninspired competence of Screw is a huge letdown.” [New York Post]

O fatal “Don”

“The Met’s performance of Don Carlo Friday night was a tragedy, but not for the reason Verdi intended. . . . Under conductor Lorin Maazel’s limp baton, the gloomy tale became a slow-motion nightmare. Scene after scene trudged by in an unvarying dirge tempo.” [New York Post]

Double digits

“Promiscuous — it’s not a pretty word. But when a matron in black underwear cavorts with two dozen naked hunks, what else can you call her? That’s one of the more striking images director Jay Scheib devised for Thomas Adès’ 1995 Powder Her Face, which this weekend jolted the New York City Opera’s brief spring season to a sizzling start.” [New York Post]

One touch of venous

Like the hero of Parsifal, who finds the Holy Grail after a lifetime of frustrated wandering, the Met’s audience was finally rewarded for its patience.

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No dice

The Met took a gamble on a new production of Rigoletto Monday night—but, dramatically at least, the show crapped out.

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Pretty perfect

In a winter rich with splashy debuts, Friday’s performance of Le Comte Ory introduced a 27-year-old South African charmer who may well be the Met’s next big star.

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C’est la guerre, mais ce n’est pas magnifique

If war is hell, then Soldier Songs should rank somewhere around “purgatory.”

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Winged victory

A wayward bouquet conked Kristine Opolais on her noggin during the ovation Friday night in La Rondine—but that was the only mishap in the Latvian soprano’s spectacular Met debut.

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I am missing the winter now

One quick way to warm up: Watching tenor heartthrob Roberto Alagna.

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Vil cutlet

True, Joyce DiDonato’s Mary spat out those fighting words in a tangy chest voice, but it was hard to believe she meant them.

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