Watch In the Penal Colony

Available indefinitely at Philip Glass’ Days and Nights Festival

OP’s In the Penal Colony is in New York Times 10 Classical concerts to stream in April

This 2018 production by Opera Parallèle [ . . . ] has turned me around on the work. – Seth Coulter Walls
NY Times – March 25, 2021
In the past, I’ve found the recording of this Philip Glass “pocket opera,” adapted from Kafka’s short story, to be a bit of a slog. But a staging can make all the difference, particularly when dealing (as here) with a talky libretto. This 2018 production by Opera Parallèle — presented as part of this year’s digital edition of Glass’ Days and Nights Festival — has turned me around on the work. Thanks to a strong pair of lead performances and a simple yet effective black-box set, Kafka’s bureaucratized dystopia shines through with a fresh lacquer of bleak humor. SETH COLTER WALLS

Kindra Scharich, mezzo-soprano & Jeffrey LaDeur, piano

Thursday, May 6th – First performance at 5 PM PDT

Available on-demand until Thursday, June 17th at 5 PM PDT.

Featuring Tiffany Austin, Jazz Soprano & Marcus Shelby, Double Bass.  Available free, on-demand until Thurs, May 20th at 5 PM PDT. 

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