Music: The Met's New Carmen: Gentele's Legacy

When Göran Gentele was killed in an automobile accident barely two weeks after taking over as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera last July, he had already established himself as an affable, informal man with thoroughgoing administrative expertise. But last week, as the Met opened its 88th season with a new production of Bizet's Carmen that Gentele had conceived and intended to stage, the question was: Could he also produce opera?

Answer: Yes. The Gentele-inspired Carmen is a masterpiece of taste, wit, theatrical imagination and, most delightful of all, good music. It is a...

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