The aesthetic difference between the French and Americans boils down to this: The French think Jerry Lewis is a genius. We think Jerry Lee Lewis is a genius. The French can suss deep symbolic meaning out of Jerry Lewis' silly shtick. Americans react to clear, energetic statements. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, in the persons of stage director David Alden, set designer Paul Steinberg and lighting designer Adam Silverman, made all the right artistic decisions in their very American production of French composer Claude... More >>>