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 […]
Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” & “On the Transmigration of Souls”: Music Review udwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Opus 125”, aka the “Ode to Joy” or “Choral”, has long been my favorite piece of music. But oddly enough, your itinerant critic had never actually heard it performed live in his entire life […]
ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE Opera Review ow ironic that Orpheus and Eurydice, an opera about hell, has one of the most exquisite expressions of paradise ever to grace the stage. According to The Victor Book of Operas by Louis Biancolli and Robert Bagar, O&E has “the classic, serene beauty that one associates with Grecian art.” That’s […]
Ed Rampell: The concert by the legendary musicians Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono provided isle “expatriate” Californians longing to return to Polynesia with an opportunity to dust off our Aloha shirts and bask in a cascade of “ono” (delicious) Hawaiian music at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center Eli and Edythe Broad Stage.