- Anthony Tommasini, Times. "Some seemingly batty elements" - you don't say!
- Martin Bernheimer, FT
- James Jorden, NY Observer
- Eric C. Simpson, NY Classical Review
- Michael Glitz, HuffPost. "As I said, the story is simple." Errm. "A generally happy couple saddened by their lack of children." NO. Read that libretto again, will you?
- Alex Ross, briefly, but click through to both the Opera News article about Christine Goerke and his 2002 review.
- John Yohalem, Parterre Box
- Paul Pelkonen, Superconductor
- Zerbinetta, Likely Impossibilities
- Opera Teen offers cookies to anyone who sticks with a plot synopsis that is in fact a whole lot easier to read and understand than the Met's!
- Lisa Hirsch, right here.
I'm surprised that so many reviewers liked Ildiko Komlosi, who sounded lousy from the Grand Tier throughout the opera. I'm also surprised that Tommasini spent so many column-inches rehashing the plot; link to a synopsis, for heaven's sake.
The Nurse's motivations remain extremely obscure. She hates humans, wishes the Empress weren't drawn to humans, and yet she tries to obtain a shadow so that the Empress can stay in the human world. This seems like a loose end that Strauss and Hofmannsthal never worked out. And the Falcon? What's the point?