Orpheus and Eurydice

How do they do it? The Joffrey Ballet has two simultaneous gigs in LA: the Gluck opera, "Orpheus and Eurydice," and the ballet, "Romeo and Juliet." The consensus is that the troop is spectacular in "Orpheus," but their production of  ...

Music With Changing Parts

Philip Glass @ 80ish When “Music With Changing Parts” premiered in New York in1970 it was at once revolutionary, persistent, repetitive, annoying, hypnotic, challenging, and otherworldly. People walked out while others were completely mesmerized. The future had arrived and  ...

Candide

The Candide credits make it look like opera designed by a committee. But what a committee. It didn't start that way. Lillian Hellman, in high dudgeon over the early activities of the McCarthy Committee and its followers, approached Bernstein with  ...

Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem

Good opera singers come and go but great ones are rare, and the Met remembered one of its best by dedicating all of its four performances of the "Verdi Requiem" to the late great and much loved Siberian bass Dmitri  ...

Nabucco

Verdi’s “Nabucco” could be conceptualized as the protest opera for all seasons. It premiered in 1842, when Giuseppe Verdi was 28 years old, and Italy was a loose confederation of city states dominated by foreign powers, especially Austria in the  ...