You’d think that anything written by the man who gave us “West Side Story,” “Candide” and “On the Town” would be worth at least a listen, yes? Well, despite a top-notch staging Wednesday night by the New York City Opera, we probably won’t be hearing Leonard Bernstein’s 1983 tragedy “A Quiet Place” again anytime soon. The lumbering, three-hour melodrama is a sequel to the composer’s 1952 mini-opera “Trouble in Tahiti,” a jazz-tinged tale of strife between suburban couple Sam and Dinah.
It’s a depressing thought, but sometimes I feel like when the Met does something interesting or moving or even “right” in any sense it’s pure happenstance. The current run of performances of Verdi’s Requiem, for instance, serves as a fitting and moving tribute to the beloved baritone Dmitri Hvorostovksy, who died last week after a long bout with brain cancer. Beyond this extramusical value, though, Friday night’s concert was a dreary and substandard affair.
There’s this old rule of thumb about traveling—don’t ask me where I read it, the Old Testament or maybe a Malcolm Gladwell book—that says a trip is only worth it if you spend a day at the destination for every hour it takes to get there. That works out to a minimum of a weekend in the Hamptons or a full week in Berlin.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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