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And the Banned Play On

Glen Roven | Posted 01.18.2015 | Arts
Glen Roven

So far this season at the Met I have seen three sensational shows, The Marriage of Figaro, The Death of Klinghoffer and most recently Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

First Nighter: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Has Her Way at the Met

David Finkle | Posted 01.11.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

When in 1934 Dmitri Shostakovich, not yet 30, composed Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, he provided music for all sorts of special occasions.

A Conversation With Maestro James Conlon

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.21.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Beginning Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26, San Francisco Symphony presents an extraordinary combination of masterworks conducted by James Conlon.

First Nighter: Britten's "Midsummer Night's Dream" Dreamy at the Met

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Looking over the relatively lighter crowd coursing into the first revival of Benjamin Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream at the Metropolitan Opera Hous...

Review: Così Fan Tutte at L.A. Opera

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 11.26.2011 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

The current L.A. Opera production of Così Fan Tutte, Mozart's exquisitely problematic farce, is a special joy, and should be added it to the opera lover's not-to-be-missed list for the fall season.

Turn of the Screw Gets a Stunning New Turn at LA Opera

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The Turn of the Screw's LA Opera production is a game-changer. Its musical realization is first rate, allowing the work to shine as a towering masterpiece.

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.

A Turk in Italy Comes to Town in an Airstream Trailer

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

If you have not yet seen The Turk in Italy at LA Opera, here's what you need to do: Drop everything and buy a ticket before they are sold out.

Rigoletto With a Touch of the Surreal

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

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Wagner's Lohengrin at LA Opera -- Who Was That Masked Man?

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Hiding one's identity to accomplish a job is not so foreign a concept to understand as latter-day stage directors of the opera Lohengrin would have us believe.

Bassoonist Steinmetz Tells All About LA Opera's Ring

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

In keeping with their appearance, bassoonists are among the most intellectual members of the modern symphony orchestra.

Buy LA Opera Stock

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Just about the time the Lakers hit training camp this fall, LA Opera will return from the outer space of Achim Freyer's Ring cycle and launch a blockbuster new season.

A Touch of Irony in LA Opera's Final "Ring" Entry

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Donna Perlmutter

When Achim Freyer and the Los Angeles Opera unveiled their final Ring entry, Götterdämmerung, there was more than a hint of Wagner's capacity for irony.