Monthly Archives: February 2008

Total Immersion: Long Beach Opera's Orpheus and Euridice

The Devil in the Deep Blue Pool The lovers afloat There is this problem I have, trying to describe almost any production by the Long Beach Opera. Elektra in a Malibu beach house, Boris Godunov in a corporate boardroom … and now I’m up against Orpheus and Euridice in a Long Beach swimming pool. Please […]

Splendid Company at Disney Hall

Paradise Lost and Found Robert Millard Verdi’s Otello at the Music Center “We are not the sole owners of our past,” wrote Jordi Savall, music’s great and original spirit, in a note accompanying his marvelous appearance at Disney Hall last week. His concert, with his ensemble of singers and players upon lovely old instruments, was […]

Some Enchanted Evenings

Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony is the elephant in the parlor, bedecked with garlands of roses. Its every dimension is wrong. From within the 85 minutes of Christoph Eschenbach’s performance with the Philharmonic last weekend, any composition student with an X-Acto knife could shape a nicely proportioned 40-minute symphony. Yet that is part of its singular […]

Itzhak Perlman and Olivier Latry at Disney Hall

Dutch Treat I envy anyone his first look at Amsterdam. You step out of Central Station and there is the perfect urban landscape: old buildings in grand array, trolleys in front, everything numbered so that you know exactly where to go. Never mind that it’s raining or, at least, damp. That was my Amsterdam arrival, […]