Un Ballo in Maschera

Un Ballo in Maschera (Opera in the Heights, 2018)

HOUSTON PRESS: "Under director John de los Santos, Opera in the Heights glosses Verdi in contempo business chic. Strikingly designed by Jonathan Dahm Robertson, the unit set looks like the lobby of a lux Ian Schrager hotel. Blood red carpeting and a geometric gray-and-red Mondrian grid dominates. Smart phones are used. Riccardo's secretary Oscar sports a headset. Courtiers wear sharkskin suits. Fortune teller Ulrica, the first act's primal, and prime, character who predicts Riccardo's demise, is a homeless bag lady in soiled mukluks and faux sheepskin coat, engulfed by plastic bags and enthroned on a ratty sofa patched with duct tape. Surprisingly, this update works. ...A Masked Ball looked good and moved well, thanks to director de los Santos ."