Monday, November 10, 2008

Lulu (Lyric Opera) - 11/10/08

"Lulu" is being given a rare rendition at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Adapted from Frank Wendekind's (of "Spring Awakening" fame) play, Berg's opera follows its archetypal femme fatal through a series of scenes, with each episode marking steps in her (still) shocking decline. I suspect that this will be for me one of those defining nights at the opera. It is simply sensational. The production is fully realized, stylishly designed, and breathtakingly sung/acted. Led by the stunning Marlis Peterson in the title role, the entire cast identified completely with not only the music, but the spirit of the story, as well as it's director's vision. This is one of those nights when you don't dispute that opera is the ultimate artform.

Rating: ****1/2 (out of *****)

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