Meredith Monk’s ATLAS in Los Angeles Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

On June 11, 12, and 14, 2019, the Los Angeles Philharmonic closed their 2018-2019 centennial season with Meredith Monk’s groundbreaking work, ATLAS: an opera in three parts, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. It was the first time 1991 that the opera has been produced.

ATLAS’ narrative isn’t uncommon: it parallels Homer’s Odyssey, or Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, and closely follows Joseph Campell’s stages of the monomyth. By contrast, the unfamiliar and quite radical aspects of the work are found in how Monk’s compositional aesthetic and methodologies advance the fully-realized narrative.