(Anthony Tommasini’s article appeared in The New York Times, 7/9; via Pam Green.)

In late 2009, about a year after Bartlett Sher was named resident director of Lincoln Center Theater, he seemed to be the de facto resident director at the Metropolitan Opera, as well. His acclaimed production of “South Pacific” was playing to sold-out houses at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, while across the plaza at the Met, audiences could take in a revival of his staging of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” or his new, fantastical production of Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann.”

This fall, Mr. Sher will again loom over both institutions. His sumptuous, probing production of another Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, “The King and I,” which won this year’s Tony Award for best revival of a musical, will still be playing, and the Met season will open with his new staging of Verdi’s “Otello.” And “Barber” also returns in December.


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