As if to emphasize the thoroughness of Glass’s accomplishment, the Oakland Opera Theater has dropped Cocteau’s film entirely, turning “La Belle et la Bête” into a stage production. Lovers of the movie will find no disrespect in the company’s exercise. This is a three-dimensional homage to Cocteau’s imagination, from the moving heads in the Beast’s fireplace mantel to the comical rendering of Beauty’s sisters.
Last show tomorrow. I hope I don't regret the decision to attend Doctor Atomic twice instead of La Belle et la Bête. Last year's Oakland production of Akhnaten still resonates. Not to compensate but I did buy the Philip Glass : remixed CD today. A first pass indicates it may be better than the Steve Reich remix from 1999.