It premiered in 2012 in Lithuania by Operamanija, and is coming to New York in January 2014, in the second annual Prototype Opera Festival, with several other exciting premieres… Check out the rest of their offerings, and get your tickets now for this exciting new indie opera tradition…
I was lucky enough to see both, starting with Radamisto on Wednesday. The New York Times review doesn’t do it justice in my opinion, I guess I have a high tolerance for nonstop da capo arias… And the performers were all great, very impressive. Since then I’ve been reliving it with this full performance from Salzburg in 2002.
L’Allegro’s premiere at La Monnaie in 1988
As for L’Allegro, etc., I learned last night that it was created when Mark Morris was choreographer in residence at La Monnaie, the opera house in Brussels. And since they have such a great digital archive, I was able to find photographs and costume designs from the premiere performance; even as still images, they bring back the joy of the performance, so lovely.
Here’s a featurette on L’Allegro, etc. (is there some acronym for this? LAIPEIM?) from MMDG themselves.
The show is about Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos and her rise to power and fall from grace, and this reunion benefit concert was apparently suggested by the mostly Philippine cast. If you missed it the first time, here’s your charitable second chance.
The last musical theater installment in PBS‘ Arts Fall Festival is Rodger & Hammerstein‘s 1943 musical, Oklahoma!, in a performance from the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, originally from 1998, featuring singin’, dancin’ Wolverine (aka, Hugh Jackman). 9pm this Friday.
Pardon my absence, school is kicking into high gear, but when I learned about this I figured I needed to post about it! Tonight at 6, at Columbia University’s Butler Library, is the last event in the year’s graphic novels series of programs, with three preeminent indie cartoonists from Brooklyn:
Maybe see you there? Maybe if I get enough work done today 😛
The latest news about Company is that Sondheim’s working on a revised version (possibly for the Roundabout Theater Company) that would make the central bachelor, Bobby, a gay man juggling three boyfriends instead of three girlfriends. Much as I like the man-on-man action, it strikes me as a case of too-much-playing-to-your-audience, and besides, they’d be taking 4 great roles away from women to men… But I guess it’ll be an interesting experiment if nothing else…
A Kickstarter-funded temporary pop-up location for the Hoboken-based Jack Kirby Museum is up and running this week at 176 Delancey Street in Manhattan, with exhibits, events, and even a scanner for you to digitize any Kirby art you may happen to own! It’s up through next Monday, the 11th.
It’s a home-coming for the museum, since Kirby grew up on the Lower East Side himself, later creating an autobiographical comic of his childhood there called Street Code. The museum has a great post about the history of Street Code, an unique part of his oeuvre as Kirby’s only self-produced autobio story.
Kirby’s Street Code
I remember seeing Street Code at MoCCA’s 2010 Neo-Integrity exhibit, and it’s an amazing alternative account of that moment in the city’s history; a bit jarring because of the superhero-ish qualities of Kirby’s art, but incredibly dynamic and full of details.
The original Kickstarter‘s purpose was to remodel a storefront in the Lower East Side to create a local hub for rotating pop-up events, and the Jack Kirby Museum is their tenant for this week.