The caddish Count (Peter Mattei) turns his charm on Susanna (Marlis Petersen) as his wife (Amanda Majeski, r.) spies on the couple.

James Levine’s ‘Figaro’ and The Met’s Opening Night Make For a Bad Marriage

The combination of the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night—one of the most glamorous social events of the year, in theory at least—and a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro—which is, after all, about a wedding—should result in a doubly gala event. So it’s twice as disappointing that Monday night’s performance of the Mozart masterpiece turned into a four-hour fizzle.

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