“Ich bin ein Berliner”…and a citizen of the world

by Suzanne Calvin

The longtime music director of Berlin State Opera (among his many prestigious gigs) has finally made his long-awaited Metropolitan Opera debut and the result, critics say, is magic.

The too-brilliant-by-half Daniel Barenboim evidently coaxed new sounds from one of the world’s great orchestras (described as “warmer” and “duskier”), enroute to a powerhouse performance of Tristan und Isolde last Friday night.

Why in the world has it taken this long?  James Levine cited difficulties in finding a mutually workable place in the Met schedule for Maestro Barenboim.  One, however, does have to wonder.

Suzanne Calvin, Assoc. Dir. of Marketing, The Dallas Opera

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