A video still from Garin Nugroho’s The Planet – A Lament, now playing in the 2021 virtual incarnation of the PROTOTYPE festival. It was with profound jealousy that I first learned of the PROTOTYPE festival of new music-theatre works. My editor had traveled to New York City to see the festival
A visual collage of six works featured in the 2021 PROTOTYPE festival. Clockwise from upper left: TIMES3, Wide Slumber Lepidopteris, Ocean Body, The Planet – A Lament, Modulation, and The Murder of Halit Yozgat. For lovers of new music-theatre, there are few events more exciting than the annual PROTOTYPE festival held
A series of electronic communications related to ex-Opera Theatre of Saint Louis employee Damon Bristo. Scandal hit Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on Tuesday, August 11. One of the company's senior officials, Damon Bristo, had been arrested and charged with child sex trafficking. This was news to the public, but not
The operatic adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining is one of several productions missing in Minnesota Opera's recently retooled 2020-2021 season plans. Photo by Theresa Murray. Minnesota Opera announced today that the company is discarding its 2020-2021 season plans in favor of a retooled outdoor/digital fall season and a still-to-be-announced slate
Tenor Daniel Montenegro in Opera Santa Barbara's March 2020 production of Il Postino (The Postman), which featured projections, lighting, and set design by Tláloc López-Watermann and was directed Crystal Manich. Photo by Zach Medez. There's not normally time for moss to grow in Crystal Manich's schedule. Since taking the reins at
A 17th-century plague doctor wearing a mask equipped with long breathing tubes and spices to drive away foul aromas, which were thought to convey sickness. A host of local arts organizations have cancelled or suspended performances and other programming. The Children's Theatre Company, the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Opera, Saint Paul Chamber
A scene from Minnesota Opera's new production of Elektra, which opened Saturday in St. Paul, MN. Photo by Cory Weaver. Before there was Kill Bill, there was Elektra: a drama from Classical Greece whose culmination is a well-telegraphed murder. Did your father kill your sister and your mother kill your father?