Glass-sans-Cocteau Concert Review

My review of a performance of Philip Glass‘ opera La Belle et la Bete, by the Oakland Opera Theater, is just up at classicstoday.com. For La Belle et a la Bete, Glass, who’s done as much to bring synthesizers into the world of classical music as any other living composer, achieved a different kind of electro-acoustic symbiosis. He transposed the dialogue from Jean Cocteau‘s 1946 film La Belle et la Bete, with the intention of singers performing the music live along with the movie. The Oakland company has taken Glass’ transformation of the Cocteau one step further, dispensing with the projection entirely in favor of a stage production.

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