"Does an opera orchestra play a tone poem with more narrative thrust than a symphony orchestra? It seemed so with the Met Orchestra's performance of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. Yannick Nézet-Séguin achieved a naturalness in transitions here that was lacking in the performance of Bernstein’s suite of dances from West Side Story, while the premiere of Matthew Aucoin's Heath (King Lear sketches) showed canny spatial manipulation of the orchestral texture."
"The Met's spring run of Der Fliegende Holländer was originally meant to be a revival. But when François Girard’s production was new in March 2020 it achieved only three performances before the company, and most of the world, had to shut down. An entirely new cast and conductor were on hand for the May 30 season premiere, and while Girard’s production turned out to be thin and uninterested in the relationships of the characters, there was plenty of drama coming from the orchestra pit."