Friday, February 10, 2012
Visit The Lighthouse this weekend
It's a busy weekend for arts fans, but the do-not-miss event is Boston Lyric Opera's production of Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse (above), at the JFK Library, through this weekend only. I have a few caveats about the production (don't worry, the singing and musical direction are both strong); but simply put, it represents the most brilliant integration of opera into an existing space that I've ever seen in Boston. Designer/director Tim Albery, with set designer Camellia Koo and lighting designer Thomas C. Hase, take every advantage of their striking setting on Boston harbor (and devise a few fresh coups of their own) to conjure Davies' brilliant vision of isolation, paranoia and madness. Inevitably, in a room not designed for opera, there are a few acoustic hiccups, and the cast doesn't quite reach the dramatic pitch that they achieve vocally. But the overall impression is nevertheless exciting, at times almost overwhelming. After a misconceived Macbeth last fall, and the recent Opera Boston debacle, it's wonderful to see BLO back on track, and working at such a high intellectual and conceptual level.
Elsewhere, however, there's also plenty to see. Here's what I'm going to try to squeeze in: tonight there's the delightful keyboardist Richard Egarr at Boston Early Music; tomorrow, I'm wrapping Lepage's Ring Cycle with the six-hour-plus Götterdämmerung at the mall, followed by Boston Ballet's "Simply Sublime" (which should be just that). Then Sunday, I'm catching the Actors' Shakespeare Project's new production of Medea, then dashing over to Boston Baroque to hear the great Christina Day Martinson work her way through the Biber "Mystery Sonatas."
And then I'll tell everybody what I thought of everything.