At The Met, Leonard Slatkin Doesn’t Know The Score

The conductor showed up for rehearsals of the Met’s current Traviata without knowing the music properly. He admitted as much on his own website, writing that “since everyone else in the house knew it, I would learn a great deal from the masters.” The result: “I have seldom heard such faulty coordination between a conductor and a cast at the Met,” says Anthony Tommasini.