Staufenbiel's "La Belle et la Bête" at Opera Parallèle "magnificent"


"In Opera Parallèle’s magnificent new production, which opened an all-too-brief four-performance run at SFJazz on Thursday, July 14, director Brian Staufenbiel and a team of ingenious collaborators add layer upon layer to the original material until it sparkles and swirls like a disco ball. Wherever you look, wherever you listen, the result is an all-enveloping feast for ears and eyes alike."

San Francisco Chronicle

"In a great theatrical coup, Opera Parallèle has expanded Glass’s adaptation beyond what the composer specifies. Brian Staufenbiel’s production design incorporates both live and newly filmed sequences (by photography director David Murakami), all almost exactly paralleling the scenes in the Cocteau." – San Francisco Classical Voice