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First Nighter: Much Ado About Nothing, Parsifal, The Laramie Project, Powder Her Face All on Tap If Not All Tip-Top

David Finkle | Posted 04.20.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

It's hard to think that anyone simply listening to the Metropolitan Opera's new production as conducted by Daniele Gatti wouldn't be transported the instant the composer's moody prelude begins.

Opera Gets XXX?

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 04.19.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Thomas Ades wanted to be provocative in his first opera, "Powder Her Face," when he composed a scene in which he musically depicts a ...

'The Tempest' At The Met: No Happy Ending In Sight

Andrew Losowsky | Posted 12.25.2012 | Arts
Andrew Losowsky

The biggest problem with the Met's new production of The Tempest is, well, that it's The Tempest. There's no way of interpreting the story closely that doesn't involve a supposedly happy ending (spoiler alert for 400-year-old text, folks) being the return to royalty of an exiled European aristocrat who has in the meantime created his own colony built on the fear and subjugation of his new island home's original occupants. Not to mention the creepy patriarchal attitude towards his daughter.