The performance succeeded at every level, revealing in its unusual format an equally valid way to present Pelléas et Mélisande. It will stand as one of the greatest ever in Disney Hall and a milestone in the history of this unique work of musical art.
The fact that composer/vocalist Mike Kelleher just released "Mélange," an aptly named album of mixed genres, would be more newsworthy than saying he comes off as a genuinely decent person. But in these cynical times, it's actually relevant - especially given his line of work.
Descartes, father of modern philosophy, pointed to both the distinguishing characteristic of human beings and to the biggest curse of human beings when he made his famous statement, "I think. Therefore, I am."