Another Review of Émilie and Video

This weekend I travelled to Charleston, SC to see all three operas offered by the Spoleto Festival USA - Émilie (Saariaho), The Magic Flute (Mozart) and The Medium (Menotti).  Kaija Saariaho's monodrama Émilie had been criticized for it's lack of dramatic impetus, but I found the interior drama of Émilie du Châtelet to be extremely compelling, expressive yet obviously contrived with the [...]