First Nighter: "El gato con botas," "Le Nozze di Figaro," Carlisle Floyd One-Acts as Opera Magnets

December 9, 2014 9:15 PM

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Since perfect things come along infrequently, it's absolutely required that when they do, a whole lot of carrying on attends them. The perfect thing about which I'm now holding forth is the Gotham Chamber Opera and Tectonic Theater Project's revival of El gato con botas (Puss in Boots), at El Museo del Barrio through the end of this week.

Search as you may, you'll find nothing wrong with the piece. The music composed by Xavier Montsalvatge is unfailingly tuneful throughout in a Verdi-influenced way. Neal Goren's conducting of a 12-strong orchestra is brisk and bright. The Nestor Lujan libretto, aimed at both children and adults (albe...

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