Dan Wakin, the classical music reporter for The New York Times, is in town. He filed his first post for the newspaper’s arts blog called ArtsBeat this afternoon. It’s an intro post, touching on the basics plus recent news of the two Spoletos getting back together. Wakin will likely be reporting — though not critiquing, I’d assume — on the American premiere of Monkey: Journey to the West and the revamped Amistad, composer Anthony Davis’ attempt to revise his 1997 opera. One critic called the original, about the legal battles that ensued after a revolt aboard a slave ship off the coast of Long Island, “a skillfully executed school pageant.”