Philip Glass, his librettist Constance DeJong, and the entire creative staff of the MetHD production have presented the essence of Gandhi’s 21 years in South Africa in a most unusual fashion – the complete opposite of verismo.
With the tapestry of Baroque melodies and the thrill of the unison chorus, the Messiah casts its spell on the audience both in its sense of antiquity and the present thrill of experiencing it in the moment
The same voice box produced the powerful German singing by Siegfried on stage and the delightful Texas drawl of Jay Hunter Morris in the interviews - I could easily believe him to be a reincarnation of Wagner’s famous 17 year old hero.
Anne Archer has been one of Hollywood’s favorite on-screen wives.She currently plays Jane Fonda in “Jane Fonda in the Court of Public Opinion,” a play written and directed by Terry Jastrow, on stage at the Edgemar Center for the Arts
The divine words of the choir and Scarpia’s profane words are each sung to entirely appropriate music. When the two are perfectly balanced, the resulting dissonance creates an almost unbearable musical tension.
What a pair of characters - Carmen: flamboyant, sexy, strong-willed, domineering – yet potentially vulnerable; what an opportunity for a mezzo; tenor Don José: naïve country bumpkin at the start – insane murderer at the end.