Works: Operas by Mark Morris
October 02, 2006
What Becomes the Remake of a Legend Most?
By: John Rockwell for The New York Times
DANCE REVIEW | KING ARTHUR
Oct. 1 - Mark Morris, the masterpiece-a-month man, unveiled his version of Purcell's King Arthur at the English National Opera in London in June. That came after his company's lavish 25th-anniversary celebration in Brooklyn last spring and before the New York premiere of his San Francisco Ballet version of Sylvia in July (not a masterpiece, but still delightful) and his Mozart Dances in August.
On Saturday night, still in September, King Arthur received its American premiere here at the University of California's Zellerbach Hall, courtesy of two other producers, the university's Cal Performances and the superb San Francisco early-music band, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Whether Mr. Morris will come forth with something of comparable magnitude in October, we shall see.