Plenty of Gallic grace, but a lack of passion

[Financial Times, 25 September 2005]

The mighty Met inaugurated its season last Monday with the usual brouhaha, conspicuous social consumption and some operatic vaudeville, writes Martin Bernheimer.

The first item on the programme ñ a bit of this and a bit of that ñ was Act One of Le Nozze di Figaro, with Bryn Terfel impersonating the amiable former barber of Seville and James Levine, the resident ¸bermaestro, serving Mozart in the pit.