Brooklyn Rider String Quartet was in the Looking Glass Studios last week performing all the string quartets composed by Philip Glass. All 5 of them? No. All 6 of them.
A shout out to the cast and crew of tomorrow's London performance of "Waiting for the Barbarians." I am a great fan of this work and cannot advocate for it enough. Sadly, London will be the end of the line for the current production. I never had the opportunity to see the production live though I have seen video. I was well familiar with the artistry of Eugene Perry and his great dedication to PG's music and new music in general. The great revelation to me was the wonderful creation of the Magistrate by British baritone Richard Salter. Who is this guy? I gather that he used to be a member of the King's Singers. However in this age of hype and marketing, I was frankly amazed that such a wonderful singer could be unheard of by a greater public at this point into his career. This type of performance is what people mean when they say a singer defines a role. It will be hard to ever consider another singer as the Magistrate. Anyone within 100 miles of tthe Barbican should take this chance to hear this opera.