The majority of professional theatre companies across the country have now canceled their performance seasons through at least the end of this year, so it appears that it will be a minimum of six months before any of us sees the inside of the Mark Taper Forum, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Geffen Playhouse,
Many of the world’s great operas have been adapted from or inspired by, classic and popular works of fiction, poetry, and drama. In some cases, an opera’s librettist follows the source material’s plot closely, while other adapters take considerable liberties with the story as originally written.
Like the current year, 1920 was an eventful one for the United States. The “Spanish Influenza” epidemic of the previous two years, which we’ve heard a lot about recently, had taken 675,000 American lives, including more than half of the 116,000 who died while serving in World War I.