Jay Harvey Upstage
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Premium Blend is well-suited to its rising jazz profile
Having caught the first of two sets Premium Blend played Saturday night, I feel compelled to mention the ensemble's virtues as well as i...
Saturday, June 22, 2019
'White City Murder' brings past gruesomeness and glitz together under the Phoenix tent.
Amanda Hummer and Ben Asaykwee illustrate the pizazz of a show with a World's Fair setting. The weird pull of human awfulness — seri...
Thursday, June 20, 2019
The Chicago Sinfonietta's Project W brings to the fore women's compositions
The historical suppression of female potential in the arts continues to be rolled back. No one can say how much greatness was thwarted by th...
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: Verdi's 'Rigoletto' presents a flawed figure more boldly heroic than usual
There are so many ways to be an outsider that all of us have The grievously insulted Monterone delivers h...
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: 'Fire Shut Up in My Bones' brings further acquaintance with Terence Blanchard as opera composer
For their debut as an opera team, Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons draw upon a recent history of collaborat...
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: In "The Coronation of Poppea," a searing examination of amorality in high places
The Emperor nuzzles his main squeeze, Poppea. The set's severe look in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis production of the earliest...
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: Teamwork at an exalted comic level in 'The Marriage of Figaro'
My earliest memory of opera is seeing a bit of "The Marriage of Figaro" on a neighbor's black-and- Aubrey Allicock projec...
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