The Return of Ulysses. Time Out Chicago, April 5, 2007. The last installment of Monterverdi's extant operas grandly finishes Chicago Opera Theater's multiyear exploration of these monuments. Jane Glover's expert direction brings out the best in everyone, especially mezzo Marie Lenormand as Penelope, and Rafael Vinoly's stark set gives them an ideal stage. High praise to lighting designer Aaron Black for his evocative effects.
Metheny Mehldau Quartet. Add a bassist and a drummer, and things get a little more interesting.
Addendum: Chris Anderson's The Long Tail, as is well-known by now, posits that mining niche markets will be the future of retailing. The list of possible niches is endless, suggesting that there is a market for everything. It's therefore possible to conclude that EMI is shrewdly creating a long tail of its own design by hoping to sell a great deal of Myleene Klass and less of Nina Stemme.
I head to New York this weekend for a vacation from Chicago and from blogging. See you on Monday.