It’s quite a delicate balance: How to keep old audiences happy and attract new ones. A conundrum the opera world must continually face and one that Peter Gelb, general manager at The Metropolitan Opera, has bravely defied by taking risks, some of which might not pay off exactly how he hoped (but in the end, I think, have made The Met a much more interesting and vital opera house). A case in point was French scenic designer Richard Peduzzi’s debut at The Met in the 2009 fall season, for ...

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