“Who knows what to expect from an opera about the Internet? But when Nico Muhly’s Two Boys evokes the complex mysteries of cyberspace in a series of shimmering choruses, it’s easy to think this is the most gorgeous music you’ve ever heard.” [New York Post]
A shocking message one teenager sends to another leads to scandal and death in an opera featured in this season’s “Live in HD” series from the Met. No, it’s not Two Boys, which premieres Monday: that work will not be included among the telecasts because of its “adult themes.” Eugene Onegin, on the other hand, is perfectly okay for children of all ages. Other child-appropriate themes the Met will explore this season include rape, dismemberment, adultery, suicide, ethnic cleansing and interspecies sexual relationships.
Prominent local “billionaire scam artist” Alberto Vilar has asked for an extension on his court-imposed curfew so he may attend the Met’s Eugene Onegin and “socialize” afterward with the performers.
While James Levine’s name might not immediately spring to mind when pondering the great Mozart conductors, he does have a long and distinguished career leading operas by the Austrian master.
Last night, the Met opened the 2013-14 season with a handsome, fairly conservative new production of Eugene Onegin by Deborah Warner that replaces the handsome, fairly conservative one by Robert Carsen. (The trend is clear.)
The scene outside the Met last night (above) and inside (after the jump).