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ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE

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In one of the most artistically successful collaborations ever presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the L.A. Opera has joined with the Hamburg Ballet’s John Neumeier and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago to bring Gluck’s ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE to the stage. Neumeier—who directed, choreographed, and designed the sets, costumes, and lighting—guides his singers and dancers across […]

CANDIDE AT THE MUSIC CENTER

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Leonard Bernstein’s operetta CANDIDE (1956)—musical theater’s polymorphous masterpiece—started out as a Cold War retort against McCarthyism, with a libretto by Lillian Hellman, and lyrics by film writer James Agee (which were dropped), Richard Wilber, John Latouche, and Dorothy Parker. In the 1970s, a book by Hugh Wheeler—truer to Voltaire’s satire—replaced Hellman’s (who had prohibited use of […]

SALOME

“What Camp taste responds to is instant character… [which] is understood as a state of continual incandescence—a person being one, very intense thing.” — Susan Sontag, “Notes on ‘Camp’ “* SALOME is an opera of instant character, and its exaltation of lust remains undiluted. Bodies and things are transposed, and the protagonists begin and end […]