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19 Dec 2010

Real Strangeness in Imaginary Kingdom

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/20/arts/music/20pelleas.html

By Anthony Tommasini [NY Times, 19 August 2010]

It took until he was 55, but Simon Rattle finally made his Metropolitan Opera debut on Friday night. Mr. Rattle, who has been a major conductor for 30 years and the artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002, led the season premiere of Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande,” a revival of Jonathan Miller’s gothic 1995 production. At the end of this four-hour evening, some of the most ardent participants in the ovation for Mr. Rattle were the musicians in the orchestra pit, who stood and heartily applauded.

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