Monday, January 12, 2015

Compare & Contrast 28

You could say I had some doubts about The Merry Widow 1) in the gigantic Met 2) as a vehicle for Renee Fleming. Here are the three reviews I've seen:

  • Anthony Tommasini, Times, milquetoast. He's waaaaaay too polite, but read between the lines and it does seem he's unhappy with it.
  • Zerbinetta (whose scholarly specialty is Viennese operetta), Likely Impossibilities, more in sorrow than in anger
  • James Jorden, NY Observer, waspish.
Really, all three are saying the same thing, except that Zerbinetta and JJ just come out and say what they're thinking.

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