UT San Diego
By James Chute
April 4, 2014

Something wonderful happened at Friday’s La Jolla Music Society concert at the Balboa Theatre: an opera broke out.

In fact, it was an oratorio, Haydn’s “The Creation,” stylishly performed by British conductor Jane Glover and the Chicago-based Music of the Baroque.

But “The Creation,” which may be the greatest story ever told, starting with “In the beginning” and wrapping up two-and-a-half hours later with Adam and Eve in a state of bliss, out operas many operas.

Of course we know the ending (the fall is only briefly hinted at, as Haydn keeps everything consistently upbeat), but especially with the stellar solo trio of soprano Elizabeth Futral, tenor Nicholas Phan and bass-baritone Christopheren Nomura, there was plenty of subtle drama as all three singers were unusually attentive to the nuances of the text.