There are some bizarre elements in the piece, which supposedly illustrate an opium hallucination and a Satanic orgy.
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Few things puncture opera’s highbrow conceit better than hearing a soprano sing “It’s my way or the highway.”
Is a “Text Me Merry Christmas” song dedicated to millennials (who were nowhere in the audience) really necessary?
Length aside, it’s a gorgeous piece, even more so in the hands of an expert soloist.
A star flutist is all well and good, but how many people would show up for two Stravinsky programs in a row?
The Bach enthusiast ventures into non-Baroque waters.
Family drama that's sappy enough to draw sniffles but doesn't realize it's a parody.
Less Gabriel García Márquez, more Ice Cube and J.Lo.
Classical operas played with impressive talent through a South African lens.
Kaiser could be tone deaf at times, with "let them eat cake" moments and one alleged "go fuck yourself."