Perilous Journey

TITLE: THE VOYAGE

COMPOSER: PHILIP GLASS

LIBRETTIST: DAVID HENRY HWANG

WHERE: THE METROPOLITAN OPERA

THE BOTTOM LINE: Glass and crew set sail through uncharted waters but never quite reach the promised land.

MUCH OF THE WESTERN HEMIsphere may be skeptical about the benefits of the European discovery of America, but the Metropolitan Opera commemorated the 500th anniversary of that event last week anyway -- with the world premiere of The Voyage by Philip Glass. The opera takes no stand on whether the dead white male Columbus was a genocidal maniac or the civilizing harbinger of Christianity; instead it strikes out for...

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