It’s not far, as the crow flies, from the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, Manhattan Midtown, to The Flea Theater, Thomas Street, Tribeca; 25 minutes by rattly subway.

But, for a softie Met regular it might as well have been a different planet. Why the journey into the unfamiliar? To experience Benjamin Britten’s gritty chamber opera, The Rape of Lucretia, performed by the accomplished New Camerata Opera Company.

Fitting, that it was the day after seeing Wagner’s Gotterdammerung. From the Gods of Met Valhalla to the underworld Nibelung of The Flea Theater in 24 hours. New York counterpoint.