Playwright Luis Alfaro has bravely taken the story of Sophocles’ ‘Oedipus Rex’ and reimagined it in contemporary Southern California’s Chicano culture. His Oedipus is born not in Thebes but in Los Angeles, and instead of coming of age in the royal household of Corinth, he learns his trade in Kern County’s California State Prison . . .
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When composer John Adams chalked up the global success of his first opera ‘Nixon in China’ to beginner’s luck, it was easy to perceive his puckish humor taking charge. But mere luck clearly did not bring about the triumph of San Diego Opera’s extraordinary production of ‘Nixon in China’ that opened Saturday (March 14) at Civic Theatre . . .
Because foreign orchestras from our own hemisphere are rarely heard in San Diego, Friday’s (March 13) concert by the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Méxio at the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall brought a welcome change of repertory . . .
When the American baritone Franco Pomponi was invited to sing the lead role in John Adams’ opera ‘Nixon in China’ at one of the major Paris opera companies, he was ready to refuse. Fortunately he changed his mind, learned the role, and will now bring it to San Diego Opera’s upcoming production of the celebrated that opera where West meets East in high Minimalist style . . .
Mainly Mozart teamed the powerhouse pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and equally assertive violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the rambunctious Miami String Quartet to produce a virtual tsunami of sound at La Jolla’s Auditorium at TSRI.