Critics pick favorites at upcoming Met Opera season

Two tragedies of love and death, along with the inspiring story of a patriot who leads his people against foreign oppressors, top the critics' picks for the upcoming Metropolitan Opera season.

The Associated Press asked music reviewers and writers around the country which single production they were most looking forward to. Of the two dozen who responded, virtually all chose one of these three:

—Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde," which opens the season on Sept. 26. Wrote Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun: "If I could pick only one Met production, it would have to be the new Tristan, since I've always found Mariusz Trelinski to be an incisive, imaginative...