Isaac Mizrahi
'Twenty-Seven,' 'Magic Flute' are treats, but on sugary side
'Twenty-Seven,' 'Magic Flute' are treats, but on sugary side

 "I Love You, Alice B. Toklas," the title song of Peter Sellers' 1968 screwball cinematic ode to hash brownies, begins "and so does Gertrude Stein." And, now, so does the vocally robust mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe. Ricky Ian Gordon's "Twenty-Seven," commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, has an irresistible basis: an opera about Stein and her partner, Alice B. Toklas, written for Blythe and another important American singer, the powerfully dramatic soprano Elizabeth Futral. The setting is 27 Rue de Fleurus, Stein's famed Paris salon in the first half of the 20th century. Picasso, Matisse, Man Ray, Hemingway and Fitzgerald are part...