Edward Gardner has done wonders as music director and part of the team that has made English National Opera the buzziest house in town. He’s a very good conductor, sometimes outstanding.
But reputations travel slow and his opening night at the Met in a revival of Michael Grandage’s Don Giovanni took a terrible trashing in the Post from James Jorden, editor of the never-knowingly-low-camp Parterre box. A shambles, he called it.
Zachary Woolfe seemed agree in the Times, though he called Gardner ‘talented’.
Was this free and fair? Were you there? Add your voice to the growing cacophony.