Ed Rampell: LA Opera’s bewitching Hansel and Gretel may be the most enchanting, optically opulent opera this reviewer has ever seen at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Ed Rampell: There’s a tendency to look down on opera as a centuries’ old art form that’s an outdated medium for old maids, stuffed shirts and all-around fuddy-duddies. But Glass’ revolutionary Satyagraha gives the lie to that clichéd canard.
Ed Rampell: Philosophically this gloomy one-man exercise is more “odious” than “Ode.” Felder mentions Beethoven’s politics only in passing and otherwise overlooks Ludwig van’s rendering in music the Age of Reason’s noblest sentiments.
RIGOLETTO Opera Review Along with William Shakespeare’s Richard III, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto are the stage’s most famous disabled characters. Like Victor Hugo’s Quasimodo, they are hunchbacks who share with King Richard, as the Bard wrote, being “rudely stamp’d… deformed, unfinish’d…” and unable to “strut before a wanton ambling nymph.” (Verdi’s 1851 opera, with a libretto […]
One of the common misperceptions about African-American culture in the United States is that it is so indelibly imbued with Christianity. It’s easy to see where this comes from: Some of our most vivid images of the civil rights movement are of pastors preaching out the good news of equality and human rights. The hundreds […]