Music: Wozzeck Splashes

The New York City Opera's new director, Joseph Rosenstock, wanted to make a splash with his first new production. He picked just the right high-diving opera to do it with: Alban Berg's 27-year-old atonal masterpiece, Wozzeck. Ever since Dimitri Mitropoulos' stunning concert version in Carnegie Hall last year (TIME. April 23), critics and audiences have been clamoring to see a stage version.

Last week, after a sell-out first performance, the splash almost swamped Director Rosenstock with criticism. None of the critics doused Wozzeck itself; their damp words were reserved for City Opera's new...

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