Leonard Slatkin out as conductor of "La Traviata" at Metropolitian Opera
Saturday's second performance of "La Traviata" at the Metropolitan Opera went off without a hitch -- after conductor Leonard Slatkin was given the boot. The former National Symphony Orchestra musical director was replaced by Marco Armiliato after his disastrous debut Monday: Slatkin was savaged in the opening-night reviews ("faulty," "tentative, clumsy," "indifferent") and withdrew for "personal reasons."
This was the first time Slatkin had ever conducted the Verdi opera. "Listening to a few recordings was helpful but confusing," he wrote on his blog. It's a PR nightmare for Slatkin, reports our classical music critic Anne Midgette, because he was just embarking on career rehabilitation with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra after his up-and-down tenure at the NSO. The incident, she writes, casts questions on his basic abilities: "It's not often that a conductor leaves the Met for simply not being able to cut it."
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