The new chamber opera melds diverse strands of music, dance, and poetry to explore timeless themes of living in challenging times.
He and the LA Phil also revisit his debut with the orchestra via an electrifying Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5.
Gil Rose and company bracket Medea with an old favorite and a revealing Hand of Bridge.
The urgency of the music-making and acting were special as live opera emerged from the pall of the pandemic.
The company links song cycles by Arnold Schoenberg and Kate Soper.
But despite the star soprano, the recording has weaknesses.
New commissions by Gabriela Lena Frank and Sean Shepherd respond to the fires that devastated Santa Cruz County last year.
With loads of bells and whistles, the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park promises to be a nearly perfect venue for the energized orchestra.
This second entry in ABS’s summer festival reveals both the pinnacles and pitfalls of reinterpreting the master.
The show has a lot of twists and turns, musically and dramatically, but the opera’s careful construction makes it a fun evening in the theater.