Philip Glass’s librettist Arthur Yorinks offers his thoughts on whether and how to update an opera as the Boston Lyric Opera releases its revamped and filmed version of The Fall of the House of Usher.
How do you make filmed opera relevant in the Age of COVID? The BLO isolated the performers from one another and made E.A. Poe’s story the dream of an immigrant child in detention on the US/Mexico border.
The Boston Lyric Opera is mounting a fabulous staging of Benjamin Britten’s visceral opera.
Every performance of opera should leave an audience so exhilarated.
There’s so much going on in the area that’s good that it’s a challenge to go wrong.
The BLO’s production was one of the troupe’s true staging triumphs of late, transforming the Steriti Ice Rink into a 1950s-style nightclub.
It would have been wonderful to have seen either a faithful version of Threepenny Opera in German or a boldly conceived contemporary version.
“You can be certain that when the show begins and you hear “Mack the Knife,” the choreography will suggest scenes of slashing and murdering.”
For my taste, too much of the stage action during Friday’s performance was stiff and shopworn.
Some institutions’ offerings aren’t as challenging as they could be, but there’s a healthy balance between the familiar and new.