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Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Wedding's Off

Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall shut doors for Hurricane Sandy.
Monday night's performance of Le Nozze di Figaro starring Ildar Abrazakov (top) in the title role
and soprano Mojca Erdmann has been cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.
Photo by Marty Sohl © 2012 The Metropolitan Opera.
As the 500-mile wide girth of Hurricane Sandy barrels up at the New York metropolitan area, our fair city has shuttered its doors. The subways close at 7pm tonight. Buses stop running at 9pm. And that means that the whirl of the fall season comes to a temporary halt as we get ready to ride out the worst storm of this century--so far.

Carnegie Hall has cancelled performances scheduled for tonight and Monday night. The Metropolitan Opera has also cancelled Monday's performance of Le Nozze di Figaro. Judging from some of the negative reviews that this revival of the company's Jonathan Miller production, this may not necessarily be a bad thing.

To tide you over in the next two days, stay tuned to Superconductor: there are reviews coming of the Friday afternoon New York Philharmonic concert, and of last night's Carnegie performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Meanwhile, for your Figaro fix, enjoy this complete 2006 performance from the Salzburg Festival conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and featuring an all-star cast.

Stay safe. Stay inside. Listen to more opera. That's what we plan to do. That, and write some reviews which will post on Superconductor in the next few days, time, energy and Con Ed permitting.

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Since 2007, Superconductor has grown from an occasional concert or CD review to a near-daily publication covering classical music, opera and the arts in and around NYC, with excursions to Boston, Philadelphia, and upstate NY. I am a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn NY. And no, I'm not a conductor.