Pepperdine University's Theatre Department has just presented a short four-performance run of the classic.
It is the first opera written about the Iraq War, and it is highly worthwhile.
"The Chevalier of the Rose," which premiered in Dresden in 1911, is Richard Strauss's best known and most loved opera.
Of the hundreds of opera performances I have attended over a lifetime, rarely have I been so emotionally stirred as I was by this one.
In three acts, the opera features more than 20 roles, plus chorus, in scenes that alternate between the Schindler home and the factory.
Although it has some fishy alterations, this is a mind-blowing production.
"A political prisoner's wife goes undercover, infiltrates the family of the prison guard and frees her husband from a secret dungeon just as the tyrant is about to kill him."
May "Second Nature" find a second production in another community soon. It's a remarkable work.
Listening to Tutino's opera one can imagine that this is what a Puccini of today might be writing: expert and sophisticated, while also aiming for popularity and acceptance.
When King Philip II faces off against the Grand Inquisitor in "Don Carlo," they won't just be portraying history, they'll be making it.