The program tells you that this "Elektra" is two-hours long with no intermission, a daunting task for many new opera goers. But those hours fly by without you even feeling them. That is how fulfilling and immersive this new "Elektra" is with its fascinating production and virtuosic cast members.*****
There are still many other performances of "Tosca" to come at the Met with a wide array of sopranos, tenors and baritones. Unfortunately there will be no more Gheorghiu on the Met stage for the balance of the 2015-16 season. However, her brief run on the famous stage was a stark reminder of why she is such a poignant artist.*****
From a vocal perspective, this "Lucia di Lammermoor" is as good as it gets this season at the Met. Every singer brought finesse and true bel canto to every musical number. The production, despite some moments of continued annoyance, is among the most subtly brilliant at the Met in recent years and certainly worth a watch.
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