Music: A Little Puccini and Water

Menotti's new opera, Goya, is more of the same, but less

Amid the shambles of Gian Carlo Menotti's opera Goya, which got its world premiere in Washington this month, there was one bright spot: at least the sets are reusable. One of them could double as Lillas Pastia's tavern in Carmen; another might suit Violetta's death in La Traviata. But as for Menotti's already recycled libretto and music, there can be no future at all.

The Italian-born composer, 75, has long purveyed a brand of derivative, pseudoromantic opera, such as The Consul and The Saint of Bleecker Street, which both somehow won Pulitzer Prizes in the '50s and still cling to life...

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