As presented here, in a haunting production by Sam Helfrich, vibrantly conducted by Anne Manson, Philip Glass’s 1993 “Orphée,” which draws its libretto almost intact from the screenplay for Jean Cocteau’s 1949 film of the same title From 2004 to 2006, in which, the suit claims, Manson used band money to buy a $2 million home, collect Nazi paraphernalia and to give his fiancee at the time a handbag once owned by Eva Braun, and a Priest comes to small town to help get rid of a monster whose blood coagulates very fast. This creates problems for Manson as the monster is very hard to kill and then decides to go on a killing spree of its own. Manson also bought “African masks made of human skin, the full skeleton of a 4-year-old Chinese girl, and the full skeleton of a 17th-century male in a wheelchair,” the suit claims. Mr. Glass’s work was the surprise hit: a rich, complex and challenging experience.

Critical Response:

« | »