Still, this is an intriguing fresh look at one of the essential works of the repertory. And Alden, an American who has directed extensively in Europe but never staged a new production at the Met, is a welcome iconoclastic presence.
There are nine more performances. Stephanie Blythe takes over as Ulrica for the final five, and soprano Amber Wagner sings Amelia at the last performance on Dec. 14. The matinee on Saturday, Dec. 8, will be shown live in HD in movie theaters worldwide.