Based on Peter Stephan Jungk’s novel, composer Philip Glass and librettist Rudolph Wurlitzer’s ironically named opera The Perfect American takes an often scathing look at animation icon Walt Disney (baritone Justin Ryan).
Mark Will: As a student of Dostoevsky, I’ve always been concerned with matters of crime and punishment, and I thought the stories I had heard about people incarcerated in Taiwan would make an interesting song.
Ed Rampell: Considering that the late Romantic period composer and pianist lived in the 19th century, Our Great Tchaikovsky is a surprisingly topical work with contemporary political overtones.
Ed Rampell: The large cast of 30-plus performers stunningly brought the South Africa-set anti-apartheid story vividly alive for a nearly sold out audience at UCLA’s capacious Royce Hall.
Ed Rampell: Director James Robinson has reset Mozart’s 18th century Singspiel – with lyrics, spoken dialogue and story written by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner, adapted and enlarged by Johann Gottlieb Stephanie – in the Roaring Twenties.