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Review: Billy Budd at L.A. Opera

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 04.29.2014 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

Like much of Melville, Billy Budd is as more a treatise than a tale: a meditation on "maleness" as a philosophic quality. Melville loved the ambiguities hidden in the male drive for action and greater purpose.

The Oregon Symphony: Remembering Jimmy and Reminding the Rest of Us

Brian Horay | Posted 04.22.2013 | Arts
Brian Horay

From the thickest string of the bass to the upper registers of sopranos everywhere, these are towering tones capable of breaking down walls and uniting neighbors.

Opera: Brilliant Turn of the Screw Ends L.A. Season

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

Benjamin Britten's 1954 The Turn of the Screw perfectly captured the ambiguous sexuality and perverse supernaturalism of Henry James' 1898 novel.

What are we here for?

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

At the end of our short season it seems to be a legitimate question to ask. And it is a question that I ask from time to time during the rest of the ...