It’s Tod Machover’s latest opera, Schoenberg in Hollywood, given its world premiere by Boston Lyric Opera at the Emerson Paramount Center Wednesday night.
Despite its title, Schoenberg in Hollywood tells of the composer’s life before he drove a Rolls Royce, played tennis with George Gershwin, and attended garden parties with Harpo Marx in the Los Angeles suburbs. Part biopic and part psychological study, Simon Robson’s libretto portrays a solitary figure who lives constantly in his head. Schoenberg, driven by talent and ego, longs to transform the world through music. Yet he is also afraid of moving forward.
Read on here in Boston Classical Review.