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A thoroughly modern meltdown in Met’s reimagined ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’

Simon Stone delivers a visually stunning and conceptually arresting production of Donizetti’s enduring 1835 opera, past interpretations of which haven’t always been warmly received

Lammermoor ain’t what it used to be. Or, at least, it wasn’t Saturday night at the Metropolitan Opera.

In Simon Stone’s visually stunning and conceptually arresting production of Donizetti’s enduring 1835 opera “Lucia di Lammermoor,” the verdant hills and wild landscape of 18th-century Scotland have been paved over and replaced with the living ruins of the American Rust Belt: a pawnshop, a cheap motel, a liquor store, an ATM that charges too much. Its natural glories now artificial and garish; its mysteries now a minimart.

- from The Washington Post

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Brenda Scofield
FAMA Vice-Chairman
‘Cinderella’ Adds Stardust to the Met Opera’s Holiday

Trimmed and in English for family friendliness, Massenet’s opera arrives in a boldly stylized staging, starring Isabel Leonard.

What is the difference between real life and dreams, especially for an insecure young person?

That poignant question is at the core of Massenet’s 1899 opera “Cendrillon,” which opened on Friday at the Metropolitan Opera in English translation as “Cinderella” — a holiday offering trimmed to 95 minutes and aimed at families.

- from New York Times

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Brenda Scofield
FAMA Vice-Chairman
All that glitters! Zeffirelli’s Turandot returns to the Met as thoughts turn to Ukraine

As always, Franco Zeffirelli’s fantasy setting of a Chinese imperial court, with its gilded terraces, liveried attendants, long-sleeved ladies-in-waiting, dancers, mimes, and acrobats—and the common people slithering around on all fours like lower-level primates—was an eye-popping spectacle. 

- from New York Classical Review

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Brenda Scofield
FAMA Vice-Chairman

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