Trans-Siberian Orchestra is performing its rock opera "The Lost Christmas Eve" for the first time ever on its current tour.
Creator Paul O'Neill said turning that song cycle into a laser-and-lights, classical-meets-rock spectacle was one of the few things in life that ever made him nervous. (Another time he was nervous was when TSO debuted another rock opera, "Beethoven's Last Night," in Vienna.)
But, just as in Vienna, audiences have been won over for one reason or another. "The Lost Christmas Eve" is right for the anxious times, O'Neill said, with its "themes of hope and redemption."