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L.A. Opera Season to Open with "La Traviata"!

Jay Weston | Posted 09.19.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

"Why are you so passionate about opera" was a question thrown at me today, and I puzzled for a response. It certainly was not something which came naturally to me from my environment.

Singing, Dancing, and a Little Bit of Forest Hopping

Edward Goldman | Posted 02.02.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

And how was your holiday, my friends? Usually, I would do anything to avoid being on the road at this time of year. Sure enough, my short trip to Po...

Review: The Magic Flute at L.A. Opera

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 02.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

It uses the latest in projection technology to create a series of whimsical animated tableau that mix 1920s silent-movie kitsch with greeting card silliness and Nightmare-Before-Christmas pop-art.

The Magic Flute Is Wonderful at L.A. Opera!

Jay Weston | Posted 02.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I have seen Mozart's The Magic Flute about a dozen times over the years, and each time I wonder once again about the invisible line separating the merely brilliant innovator from the creative genius, the latter being so rare as to be almost unimaginable.

Review: Falstaff at L.A. Opera

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

Part of Shakespeare's genius lies in the way he loves even his fools and villains. When we watch his characters blather or sin, we are never repelled. Each seems to be an aspect of ourselves, all necessarily living together in this wonderful house of folly we call the world.

Einstein on the Beach in Los Angeles

Rodney Punt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Einstein on the Beach arrived at Los Angeles's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion last week like a beatific visitation from another realm.

Einstein at the Beach Was... Strange. And Long!

Jay Weston | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

If anyone had told me that I would sit for 4 hours and 35 minutes through an opera without an intermission, I would have said, "No way." Yet that is...

'Einstein on the Beach' Coming to L.A.Opera!

Jay Weston | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

On October 11, 12, and 13 the L.A. Opera is presenting a spectacular operatic event... for these three performances only, we will be able to see the final incarnation of the legendary opera, "Einstein on the Beach."

Dulce Rosa Opera at Broad Is Magnificent!

Jay Weston | Posted 07.19.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Move over Verdi, Puccini, Bizet... (not you, Mozart)... make room for Lee Holdridge and Richard Sparks. Who? These are the guys who have created a new opera, Dulce Rosa, which will enter the pantheon of great operas we all should see over and over again.

LA Opera's 'Dulce Rosa' to Open at The Broad Stage

Rodney Punt | Posted 07.08.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Operas and movies are like opposites that attract but can rarely live together. New movies, like old operas, get the big houses. New operas, like old movies, get the small houses. Got that? The LA Opera did.

Placido Domingo Conducts Dulce Rosa Opera at Broad Stage!

Jay Weston | Posted 06.23.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

On Friday evening, May 17, there will be a spectacular musical event at the Eli & Edythe Broad Stage -- the first of six performances of a new opera, Dulce Rosa, based upon a celebrated short story by Chilean author, Isabel Allende.

A Star is Born... at the LA Opera!

Jay Weston | Posted 05.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

She sang her heart out with peerless ringing tones and mixed with the ensemble as if she had often performed with them. At the conclusion, she received a standing ovation which lasted for all of five minutes from the normally jaded audience. A triumph, indeed.

Jaywalking in L.A. -- Horses, Oscars, Chinese Dumplings and Google Maps!

Jay Weston | Posted 03.01.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

It's easy to criticize. I do it all the time. But I decided not to blog here on Huffington my feelings about the recent Oscars show -- but I must comment that any show that opens with an offensive song entitled "We Saw Your Boobs" has a real problem.

LA Opera Keeps Its Director

AP | Posted 02.21.2013 | Arts

LOS ANGELES -- James Conlon has extended his contract as music director of the Los Angeles Opera through the 2017-18 season. The 62-year-old's new de...

'Einstein' At The Opera

AP | Posted 01.08.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Opera's 2013-14 season will include the company premiere of Philip Glass' "Einstein on the Beach" and a revival of Brit...

Madame Butterfly at LA Opera: Toned Down and Tuned Up

Rodney Punt | Posted 02.04.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Though Puccini's Madame Butterfly is the most performed and popular work in LA Opera's 27-year history, it is never guaranteed a sure-fire production.

Placido Domingo Celebrates 45 Years at L.A.Opera!

Jay Weston | Posted 11.11.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

A little girl standing next to me at a recent opera rehearsal turned to me and said with tears in her eyes, "I didn't know that opera could be such fun!" Friends, it sure is, and we must do everything we can to support it!

Dudamel Conducts Domingo at Bowl in Iturbi Foundation Concert!

Jay Weston | Posted 10.21.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

When Donelle Dadigan, co-founder and president of the José Iturbi Foundation, invited me to attend a Hollywood Bowl concert on Sunday, I readily accepted and had one of the most profound and thrilling musical evenings of my life!

A Peek Into The Life Of Opera Tenor Vittorio Grigolo

Rehema Trimiew | Posted 11.23.2011 | Arts

Even though Vittorio Grigolo's new album is titled "Arrivederci," we're just getting to know him. He stopped by the studios and introduced us to anoth...

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.

Legendary Music Man Milt Okun -- Belafonte to John Denver to Placido

Jay Weston | Posted 08.21.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Along the Cherry Lane chronicles Milt Okun's life from his music school teaching days to singing and writing folk songs to working with some of the biggest names in music.

Plan ForYourArt: May 6-10

Bettina Korek | Posted 07.05.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

The LA Opera is presenting a city-wide musical "thank you" to Los Angeles in celebration of the quarter-century since the LA Opera's first 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.

Jonas Kaufmann Triumphs in Lieder Recital for LA Opera

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Sometimes you get the impression that Jonas Kaufmann is a tenor working his way into a Heldenbaritone. OK, that's an exaggeration.