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I concur, but I'm not feeling as kindly towards Philip Jordan. His conducting was mediocre - his tempi erratic. You just never knew where and how he'd hit you (in a bad way) - and many times the singers didn't know either. Jordan lost unity in ensembles more than once. I think a fine conductor really shows what he/she is capable of in those incredible and incredibly complicated finales of Acts 2 and 4 - and Jordan failed the test last night. And this was not his first performance in the house! Not even his first performance with this cast. But the cast is first rate and the opera can withstand a monkey with a stick in the pit!

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