Ed Rampell: In addition to this study in leadership style contrasts, Mozart’s opera eerily puts its finger right on a central concern affecting America right now – presidential pardon power.
Ed Rampell: Pleasing to the ears, it was difficult to discern exactly what Vivaldi was driving at with these instrumental diversions.
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Ed Rampell: There’s a tendency to look down on opera as a centuries’ old art form that’s an outdated medium for old maids, stuffed shirts and all-around fuddy-duddies.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.