6 Characters in Search of a Dimension, in Different Operatic Tempos

By ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 10 December 2007]
Though Elliott Carter is an indisputably towering figure in contemporary music, few would have pegged him as a composer with a knack for opera. He attended operas for decades, but selectively. He did not pay heed to ìLa BohËmeî until he was nearly 70 and left the show unimpressed.