|“THE TEARS OF ST. PETER”
LA MASTER CHORALE
For this week’s arts and culture piece I got to interview the theater and opera impresario Peter Sellars Down-to-earth, approachable, warm, wise, smart and kind.
Him, that is, not me.
Here’s how the piece begins:
For two performances only — on Oct. 29 and 30 — Peter Sellars will direct the L.A. Master Chorale in “Lagrime di San Pietro” (The Tears of St. Peter), an a cappella Renaissance masterpiece by composer Orlando di Lasso.
Sellars, as you may know, is the internationally-acclaimed theater and opera director who shot out of Harvard in the late 1970s to do ground-breaking productions of Shakespeare, Gogol and Mozart, and who hasn’t stopped since. When he’s not traveling, he makes his home in Culver City and is a professor of world arts and cultures at UCLA, where he teaches art as social action and art as moral action.
Last week he was kind enough to share his enthusiasm and excitement about “The Tears of St. Peter.”
“One of the things that’s most overwhelming about the piece is that at the 11th hour the person who’s had the most courage and insight and who truly understood in such deep ways who Jesus was and what he was asking fails to come through.”
“Upon this rock I will build my church,” Christ tells Peter.