7 Operas that Make the VMAs Seem Chaste

On Sunday evening, millions of Americans tuned in to the MTV Video Music Awards. They were treated to a show that included, among other things, Lady Gaga's butt and Miley Cyrus twerking on Beetlejuice. Freakout ensued. Then came this pseudo-defense of Miley. I was fortunate enough to miss the broadcast--I was at the Hollywood Bowl … Continue reading 7 Operas that Make the VMAs Seem Chaste

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The Haiku Reviews: An Anti-Beatle, Fifty Shades of Grieg, and Ubiquity

  I liked it better back when Sir Paul was writing ballads, not ballets.       Ildy has sung this role almost as many times as Don has had sex.       Very important! Don't listen to this at work. (Sexual harassment.)       What we really need are more "classical" covers … Continue reading The Haiku Reviews: An Anti-Beatle, Fifty Shades of Grieg, and Ubiquity

A Very Gehry Don Giovanni

Even before the overture started at last night's LA Philharmonic performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni, it was clear this wasn't going to be Gustavo Dudamel's Don Giovanni. The 31-year-old music director seemed quite pleased to be taking a back seat to Walt Disney Concert Hall architect Frank Gehry, who created the sets for the production, … Continue reading A Very Gehry Don Giovanni