Ed Rampell: This Halloween screening of Nosferatu with live instrumental and voice accompaniment is part of LA Opera’s crusade to keep opera relevant to contemporary audiences.
Mark Will: I wrote the song about four years ago, probably around the time of the previous electoral carnival, but it originated with impulses which were completely personal, not political.
Ed Rampell: In their manifesto Marx and Engels wrote “a specter is haunting Europe” and in Verdi’s version of the Shakespearean classic as presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, specters in the form of a coven of witches haunt the stage.
Overall, the reaction has been positive. Most people are able to see the humor in it. But I’ve been surprised by the prudishness of certain self-described progressives who have objected to the song and the imagery we have used to promote it on social media.
Patrick O’Heffernan: In a world where both audiences and musicians think nothing of showing up at a club in ragged cutoffs and old t-shirts it was refreshing and exciting to experience Dessy DiLauro and her Parlor Social concert at Sayers Club Thursday night.