Sleepwalking towards disaster? Bellini’s La Sonnambula at the Met

Controversial and thoroughly confusing, this production was notoriously booed on its opening night. The critics dismissed Ms Zimmerman’s production concept as alternatively tired or incoherently executed (or both); the audience felt distracted and disorientated by the constant stage business; and the conductor, Evelino Pidò, was castigated by some as “too halting” (though praised by others…