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Voices of Angels, Sinful Songs of the Flesh

Voices of Angels, Sinful Songs of the Flesh

BY ELI JACOBSON | Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” diptych, as I noted in a preview last month , was operatic in scale and theatrical voice to begin with. For their 2004 operatic adaptation, composer Péter Eötvös and his librettist Mari Mezei cut the massive play down from epic size to a digestible two and […]

Potomac Dispatch  

Potomac Dispatch  

| Philip Glass and librettist Christopher Hampton have revised their “Appomattox” — first seen in 2007 in San Francisco — to reflect contemporary political concerns. Originally, the piece’s first half dealt with the end of the Civil War in 1865. The second part showed episodically how the hopes for national reconciliation and — particularly — equality […]

“Oscar” Winning, But Not for Best Score

“Oscar” Winning, But Not for Best Score

BY ELI JACOBSON | It is never a happy task to criticize a work which is created out of love for the best artistic and social reasons by gifted people –– but good intentions do not automatically make great art. (As well, great artists are not always great or even good human beings outside of their […]