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The Verdict Reviews: What Did Critics Think of The Hours at The Metropolitan Opera, Starring Kelli O'Hara?

The Kevin Puts opera, also starring Renée Fleming and Joyce DiDonato, opened its world premiere November 22.

Kelli O'Hara (top) and Joyce DiDonato in Kevin Puts's The Hours Evan Zimmerman / Met Opera

The world premiere of The Hours, based on the Pulitzer-winning novel by Michael Cunningham, officially opened November 22 at the Metropolitan Opera. The opera, composed by Kevin Puts with a libretto by Greg Pierce, follows three women: Virginia Woolf in 1929, in the process of writing Mrs. Dalloway; Laura Brown in 1949, who is reading it; and Clarissa Vaughan toward the end of the 20th century, who is seemingly living it. The roles are played respectively by Joyce DiDonato, Kelli O'Hara, and Renée Fleming. Performances run through December 15.

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The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

The New York Times (Zachary Woolfe)*

Operawire (David Salazar)

Parterre (Christopher Corwin)

TheaterMania (Zachary Stewart)

The Times (Kevin Ng)*

Vulture (Justin Davidson)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

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DiDonato, Fleming, and O'Hara are joined by Kathleen Kim, Sylvia D'Eramo, Denyce Graves, John Holiday, William Burden, Sean Panikkar, Kyle Ketelsen, and Brandon Cedel.

The Hours is directed by Phelim McDermott, with scenic and costume design by Tom Pye, lighting design by Bruno Poet, projection design by Finn Ross, and choreography by Annie-B Parson.

The Metropolitan Opera's season continues this week with revivals of Don Carlo and Rigoletto. Later, the season will include new productions of Giordano's Fedora, Wagner's Lohengrin, the Met premiere of Terence Blanchard's Champion, and Mozart's Don Giovanni (directed by Ivo van Hove) and Die Zauberflöte.

See Production Photos of The Hours starring Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, and Kelli O'Hara at The Metropolitan Opera

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