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    Gleaming and Self-Aware, Philip Glass’s Akhnaten Is Borne to the MetGilt is everywhere.
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    A Gorgeous Porgy and Bess, Its Flaws Intact, at the Metropolitan OperaAll those musical superpowers on the Met’s stage make Porgy as easy to love as it is hard to swallow.
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    Opera Review: A Tale of Two Tones in the Met’s La TraviataMichael Mayer’s production makes the sparkly life so unsexy and over-sugared, the last act’s bleakness comes off as refreshingly spare.
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    Opera Review: The Unseen Great War, in William Kentridge’s The Head and the LoadThe North Africa campaign that the West often forgets about.
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    Opera Review: On the Lightness of Nico Muhly’s Marnie“This deluxe production of a lavish opera rests on such a wispy score.”
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    High Notes on the High Line: The Mile-Long OperaVernacular voices strung like Christmas lights along an elevated park.
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    Opera Review: Anna Netrebko, an Old-Style Diva, in AidaBut really, the Met Opera needs to eliminate the brownface.
  8. Opera Review: Così Fan Tutte, Kelli O’Hara, and the Long Shadow of James LevineA new production with one of Broadway’s biggest voices, and also a ghost.
  9. Opera Review: Semiramide, a Gorgeous Relic of the 1890s and 1990sAngela Meade glides through one musical triple lutz after another.
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    Opera Review: A Parsifal Even the Wagner-Phobic Can EnjoyIncluding a long-overdue Met debut.
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    Opera Review: The Met’s Tosca Is Afraid of Its Own PastThe replacement for a hated 2009 production looks deeper into the past.
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    Opera Review: Surrealism Explored in The Exterminating AngelLuis Buñuel’s 1962 satire is adapted for the stage.
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    Opera Review: A Triple Dose of Expert MonteverdiFor the composer’s 450th birthday, John Eliot Gardiner conducts.
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    Three Unconventional Operas, Three Degrees of SuccessCrossing, My Lai, and Blank Out all work the dynamic edge of what an opera can be.
  15. Operas From Small to Large That Bring Winter HeatFiery music and song.
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    Opening Night at the Met: Tired Tropes in Tristan und IsoldeIt takes stamina.
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    Opera Review: The Met’s Glamorous Roberto DevereuxHigh-energy cast, high-voltage conducting.
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    Opera Review: Superior Singing Saves a Buggy Manon Lescaut“A closed-eyes special.”
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    Opera Review: The Met’s Maria StuardaRadvanovsky holds her own against the sopranos of record.
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    City Opera, With an Originalist Tosca, Rises From Its DeathbedA new hope.
  21. Opera Review: Dog Days Is ‘Intolerable and Superb’“Super-operatic energy.”
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    Opera Review: Les Pêcheurs de PerlesTreat it as escapism.
  23. Opera Review: The Met Gets It All Right in William Kentridge’s LuluMore like this, please.
  24. Opera Review: Otello Is Back, Without BlackfaceOpening night.
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    Opera Review: The Staying Power of George Benjamin’s Written on SkinIndelible.
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    Opera Review: A Brief Return for The Rake’s ProgressOut of the warehouse, brilliantly, for a couple of nights.
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    Opera Review: Cavalleria Rusticana and PagliacciThe classic diptych in a new production.
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    Opera Review: At BAM, a Semele Like No OtherA bizarre reimagining that, somehow, works.
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    Opera Review: The Met’s La donna del lago“DiDonato belongs to that elite club of performing artists who get ovations simply for stepping onstage.”
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    The Met’s The Merry Widow Tries to Put a Fresh Twist on an Airy ClassicBut it takes so long to warm up that it barely reaches the temperature of day-old bathwater before the final dose of foam.
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    Opera Review: The Death of Klinghoffer Is Best Performed As a Concert“A score of many beauties soldered to a questionable premise.”
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    Opera Review: Le Nozze di FigaroIt’s marvelous to see the Met’s motley armies working in lockstep again.
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    Davidson on the Secret Star of the Metropolitan Opera’s ArabellaIt’s not the singer in the title role.
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    Opera Review: Prince Igor Marches an Army Back Into the MetNoseda’s opening night in New York felt more gloriously Russian than Putin’s in Sochi.
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    Opera Review: An Uplifting Billy Budd at BAM“As if Britten had cast a spell on the physical world and turned it into a topography of sound.”
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    Opera Review: The Met’s Satiating New FalstaffA twentieth-century setting for the ages.
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    Opera Review: The Half-Fulfilled Promise of Nico Muhly’s Two BoysChat rooms as masked ball.