Having survived my seventh season as general manager of the world’s largest opera company, I have recently been traveling in Europe, assessing singers and overseas productions, and negotiating to include some of them -- like the brilliant new Salzburg Festival production of Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” -- in the future artistic plans of the Metropolitan Opera.
Old photographs adorn the mantelpiece in Lee John Mynhardt’s living room. In one, he’s standing beside his parents and sister. In another, he’s all smiles as he wraps his arms around some college buddies.
The seats are soft and the leg room generous at the Signature Theatre off-Broadway, which follows “Angels in America” with an adroit revival of “The Illusion,” Tony Kushner ’s meditation on life in and out of the theater.