Unlike legions of NYC opera fans and a few opera bloggers, OC has got no beef with Bernie The Flying Hollander, a critic we read, to quote immortal Melanie Griffith in the Bonfire of the Vanities, "spasmodically" (or was that "sporadically"?).
To sum it up:
Shorter Bernie: "Sing louder, Kathy, your voice's not as good as 20 years ago".
Shorter OC: "Listen harder, Bernie, your hearing's not as good as 20 years ago".
Easy, no? That's your review.
But since this is no time for snark but it is actually a moment when all lovers of classical music should rejoice, because la Battle is back, we won't pass judgment on the fact that the New York Times had less column inches for the NYC comeback of one of this country's greatest sopranos ever than, you know, they devoted to "It Takes a Cyber Village to Catch an Auto Thief" (you don't want to know, really: we're not even linking it).
We'll just mention, in closing, that it's pretty telling that la Battle is back and there's only one guy in the audience who actually wants to hear the accompanist instead of her, and that guy writes for the Times.