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So far, Fare Assessment has chronicled two excursions to New York by Washington Post classical critic Anne Midgette—-for a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program at Carnegie Hall, and for the Metropolitan Opera’s Don Carlo. FA ruled that the first trip merited reimbursement to cover the Jersey Turnpike’s tolls, and the second earned a trip on the Chinatown bus. However! Midgette reassures FA via e-mail that he needn’t have worried:
I just happened to see your amusing item from a couple of weeks ago about my review of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and felt I should note that I was in New York for personal reasons that weekend, on my own dime, and decided to check out the BSO while I was there. But I did make sure that Robert Battey’s review of Anne-Sophie Mutter’s Brahms recital had pride of place in the Washington Post’s print coverage, since it was clearly the more important event for our readers.
The same goes for my review of the Met Opera’s “Don Carlo” this week. No Post travel budgets were harmed in the making of these reviews.