The New Masterpieces

What's the best new opera of the twenty-first century? HEIDI WALESON polls a group of opera-industry insiders — and gets some surprising responses.

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The Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams's Doctor Atomic, 2008, with Sasha Cooke (Kitty), Gerald Finley (Oppenheimer), Richard Paul Fink (Teller) and Eric Owens (General Groves)
© Beth Bergman 2011
Twenty-five years ago, brand new operas were few and far between. Today, we find them everywhere. I've seen eighty-three world and U.S. premieres of new operas since the beginning of 2000 — a remarkab...

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