Music: New-Old Gem

Despite its reputation as a stable for opera's cavalry, the Metropolitan Opera does, of course, produce works that are new or outside the standard repertory. The results are uneven. This season has already seen an unfortunate production of Benjamin Britten's Death in Venice, an attenuated musical rumination exquisitely ill-suited to a house of the Met's proportions. Last week the company used its resources to far better effect. It revived Czech Composer Leos Janáček's Jenufa, last heard at the Met 50 years ago in a production starring Maria Jeritza. Still looking glamorous at 87,...

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