It seems as though everyone involved came up with a concept for this production and then gave up on it mid-way through – ultimately producing a half-assed set, half-assed direction and half-assed costuming. The one exception was Maestro Muti – his contribution to the project was absolutely stunning.
Maybe that pile of rubble in the opening scene was symbolic for what has become of this one-time powerhouse. Once a highly-respected company that set the gold standard in producing awe-inspiring traditional operas, it has now become a second-rate wanna-be contemporary opera company - producing commonplace productions with no substance or relevance to the actual art form.
Save yourself the anguish by listening at home on Sirius Satellite Radio or tune in for free on National Public Radio! Unless you’re dying to have a good laugh at the Met’s expense, don’t waste your money purchasing tickets to see this disaster.