So it’s a day after our coup de review. I could only find two other reviews of The Met’s Iphigenie en Tauride this A.M. (Feel free to point us toward any we overlooked.)
First up, T-Bone Tommasini at The Times. His review is really heavy on the history. Then he lays on the synopsis. And when he finally gets to reviewing the actual production, he’s pretty spot on. He also gets props for capitalizing on a chance to use the word “russet.” If you have a chance, listen to the first audio excerpt. It has the part we wrote about where the women’s chorus joins Iphi on a high note. It doesn’t sound quite as magical as it did in the theater, but you’ll get the idea.
The second review comes from Jay Nordlinger at The New York Sun. I probably should have read him first, cuz after reading T-Bone’s intelligent, lyrical prose, Nordlinger’s writing sounds all choppy and retarded. But I’ll give him props for his shout out to Lisette Oropesa, which we did too!
Both T-Bone and Nordi take the this is an overlooked work of genius that should be performed again and again line. I think there’s still room for improvement. And you know how we feel: the last thing we need is another old opera to hog the spotlight from new composers and new works. But that’s just us, apparently.