Franz Schubert once claimed that the genius of Beethoven was generated by “superb coolness under the fire of creative fantasy.” In her long overdue San Diego debut, pianist Mitsuko Uchida offered probing accounts of Schubert and Beethoven that encompassed those opposite poles . . .
Ian Campbell, like King Louis XV of France, seems to see no possibility of a successful successor. How did that work out, Louie?
‘Cats,’ a seven-time 1983 Tony winner, leaves something to be desired amid its extraction from another medium. But popular demand for spectacle made it what it is — and the current San Diego Musical Theatre staging is an excellent case in point.
From its first performance in Milan’s church of San Marco in 1874, Guiseppe Verdi’s Requiem Mass catapulted its listeners from the solemn cadence of the Roman Catholic liturgy to the raw emotional drama of the opera stage. So it was entirely appropriate for San Diego Opera to present a concert performance of this Requiem on the company’s usual opera stage on March 20 . . .