Nathan Gunn

Pancho Villa and the Hubble Space Telescope go on operatic adventures (and the ride gets bumpy)

Pancho Villa and the Hubble Space Telescope go on operatic adventures (and the ride gets bumpy)

As a genre, the Old World art form of opera lost its rigidity in the New World long ago. Even rock opera has a kind of geriatric connotation these days, when anyone and everyone is invited to make opera into anything they like.

That was certainly the case with back-to-back West Coast premieres of new, loosely operatic works, in what would once have seemed unlikely venues, by what are sometimes known as “alt-classical” composers. The target audience has also changed, with shows hoping to be as alluring to a youngish, hip-ish, social media-savvy crowd as the next hot downtown restaurant.

Tuesday night at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, the Los Angles Exchange [LAX] Festival...

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