Monthly Archives: September 2004

Uneasy Rider

Inevitably, but at glacial pace, the art of Robert Wilson moves westward. In European theater, his work has exerted a volcanic influence over the past three decades. In New York, or at least in Brooklyn, he has maintained a stronghold for even longer. In Los Angeles, however, he has been on our conscience, but not […]

For All Seasons

Photo by Viaamse Opera, Annemie Augustijns Haydn at the Bowl on one balmy night, Mozart at the Music Center on another: The segue between seasons here is less a meteorological matter than sartorial, and the transition this time has been unusually smooth. Idomeneo comes laden with genius, and with problems. The title role sits uneasily […]

Bliss for the Thunderers

Nirvana looms for the organic crowd – not the veggies-and-sprouts folks this time, but the seekers of ecstasy in the sounds of the “world’s most perfect” (and, thus, least musical) instrument, the devotees of Diggle and Thistlethwaite. This is the month when the wraps come off the organ at Disney Hall, that interesting mass of […]

The Marriage Made in Heaven

The best thing about this job – one of the best things, anyhow – is the chance it affords me to write about Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, as often as I like. I got to write about it last spring when the L.A. Opera put on its so-so production. Now a new recording has […]