Category Performing Arts

opera

Rossini’s La donna del lago at Santa Fe July 2013

By Richard P. Townsend Gioachino Rossini’s works in the opera seria vein are rarely given. Everyone knows and loves The Barber of Seville and perhaps even Cinderella and Italian Girl in Algiers. In great productions, some of these comedies can be truly profound such as The Turk in Italy, recently seen in Los Angeles in […]

Oscar

World Premiere of Morrison’s Oscar at Santa Fe July 2013

By Richard P. Townsend Opera as vehicle for social justice. While this may not be something that occurs to us when attending an evening at the theatre, there are occasional, powerful examples such as Philip Glass’ Satyagraha or John Adam’s recent The Gospel According to the Other Mary. It was quite apparent by the remarks […]

Nijinsky

Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes at the NGA until the 6th October

By K. Mitchell Snow Dance provided the verb that animated the nouns of Serge Diaghilev’s first loves — music and art — and moved him onto the center of the world stage at the beginnings of the twentieth century.  As dance historian Lynn Garafola puts it, Diaghilev “made dance a crossroads of the contemporary.” Diaghilev […]

Tosca

Puccini’s Tosca at L.A. Opera through the 8th June

By Richard P. Townsend Verismo, a largely Italian operatic style employing a gritty naturalism current around the turn of the last century, was its day’s reality television. Shocking and sometimes grisly narratives involving murder, suicide, adultery, prostitutes and la vie bohème were stock-in-trade for colorful scores by such figures as Umberto Giordano, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Pietro Mascagni, and […]