The dullest Met season in years?
February 16, 2017 by norman lebrecht
In an age of braggadocious Trumpery, it is incumbent upon the arts to offer refuge, enlightenment and distraction.
The Met’s new season – five new productions, three of them weary warhorses – offers scant relief.
Tosca and Norma are being freshened up by the workmanlike David McVicar, almost half the new shows in one pair of hands.
Cosi imports a Broadway star, Kelli O’Hara, to play Despina.
Massenet’s Cendrillon, never staged before at the Met, is a star vehicle for Joyce DiDonato.
And Thomas Ades conducts his own Exterminating Angel.
Plus 21 revivals.
‘It’s a season of repertory favourites and stimulating rarities, with something for neophytes and aficionados alike, said general manager Peter Gelb.
No wonder the Met plays one-third empty.
Like Donald J. Trump, Gelb still believes most of the people can be fooled most of the time.
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