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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.

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.

On the Future of Wagnerism: Do New Revelations About Hitler's Taste in Art Cast New Light on Wagner Appreciation?

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

What's to be done about someone whose art is or seems to be so great, but whose prejudices were unquestionably contributory to great evil? How do you continue to appreciate art once aware of the enormity it was accessory to?

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.

Placido Domingo Conducts World Premiere Opera

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

Placido Domingo's collaboration with composer Lee Holdridge and librettist Richard Sparks dates back several decades and includes a number of commissioned operas for young audiences. The collaboration continues with the premiere of Dulce Rosa.

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...

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...

Weekend Agenda: 'Metropolis' Jams Out, CycLAvia & More!

| Katie Bain | Posted 12.07.2011 | Los Angeles

This weekend we’ve got indie music on the Eastside, craft beer on the Westside and the eighties era update of a 1927 film classic in between. Whethe...

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.

The Powerful Appeal of Opera To Ethnic Communities (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In 1964, when a new musical based on the tales of Sholem Aleichem began its pre-Broadway tryout in Detroit, the producers feared the show might be "to...

Postino and Figaro: Underclass Heroes Who Usher in L.A. Opera's 25th Season

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Donna Perlmutter

First came the play, then the Oscar-winning movie, followed by the novel, and now the opera: Daniel Catán's Il Postino. Who says the postman rings but twice?

How Do You Lose $5,960,000 on an Opera?

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ivan Katz

A deficit this stunning could only have happened as a result of world-class incompetence. It is a management failure without parallel in American opera history.

Hollywood Indifferent to Opera's Lord of the Rings

Steve Pond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Steve Pond

The movie industry can give 17 Oscars to 10 hours of movies about a magic ring, but they'd rather not pay attention to 19 hours of opera about a magic ring.

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.

Domingo Discloses Season in Spite of LA Opera's Congestive Heart Failure

Carol Jean Delmar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Carol Jean Delmar

Although music critics never cease to be amazed at the longevity of Placido Domingo's vocal apparatus, they are now critical of his management of LA Opera and Washington National Opera, which are both in financial disarray.

A Good Hair Day for the Los Angeles Opera

Alexandra McNally | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Alexandra McNally

For some people, three hours watching zaftig women and baritone men in tights belt out Italian (or even German) lyrics is like hanging out in Dante's seventh circle of hell. But not me.

Flowers for Florez

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Donna Perlmutter

Los Angeles's opera elite massed to the walls of the Broad Stage to hear Juan Diego Florez, the celebrated Peruvian tenor.

Multi-Million Dollar Loan Has LA Opera Singing A Happy Aria

Zev Yaroslavsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The operatic repertoire is full of passion, suspense and dizzying turns of fortune--kind of like what's been going on at LA Opera, which is fending of...

Opera Review: Domingo Sings One More for the Road

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Donna Perlmutter

Creatures of creative habit -- say, Placido Domingo, Woody Allen, Philip Roth -- do not let numbers stand in their way. How many opera roles? How many movies? How many novels?

A Demagogue In Full Cry

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ivan Katz

Los Angeles Supervisor Mike Antonovich has earned a place of distinction in the Pantheon of Public Stupidity.

The Fright At The Opera

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ivan Katz

Is there anything that these small opera companies can do other than throw in the towel, close the doors and blame everyone and their cousin for the failure? Of course.

The Lords of The Fly

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The production contained some pre-requisites for the medium -- a tragic storyline that centered around love, sex and three principles, making it a theoretical candidate for an operatic treatment.