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Rodney Punt

Brian Asawa Premieres Erickson's Four Arab Love Songs

Rodney Punt | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Today's revival of the Baroque master's operas are the core of the countertenor repertoire. On this occasion, Asawa featured selections from both genres.

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.

Santa Fe Opera's Beguiling Season

Rodney Punt | Posted 11.26.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The Santa Fe Opera's top laurels for the 2013 season were not necessarily won by its most anticipated productions. Of the five works staged, three were fashioned around star singers -- a world premiere tragedy, an Offenbach farce and a rarely performed late work of Rossini.

Rapture, Blister, Burn Smolders at Geffen Playhouse

Rodney Punt | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

We're in a liberated America, but the point of the play is to expose the frequent clash between instinct and intellect as women enjoy the fruits of modernity while dealing with men who rarely conform to the supposed advances of a post-feminist America.

Santa Fe Opera Premieres an Oscar Missing His Wilde Side

Rodney Punt | Posted 10.06.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The July 27 premiere of Oscar at the Santa Fe Opera aimed for catharsis. With its stellar cast, elaborate sets and massive orchestra, Theodore Morrison's opera, was both a brave and uncannily apt commission for the company. At least it seemed so on paper.

Turning Pages Long Ago for Pianist Samuel Sanders

Rodney Punt | Posted 09.24.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Art song, in the tradition of European cultivation that began at the end of the 18th century, involves an intimate interaction between a singer and a pianist.

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.

Santa Fe Opera to Present New Opera About Oscar Wilde

Rodney Punt | Posted 06.29.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

As Americans eagerly await decisions within weeks from the Supreme Court on the right of gays and lesbians to marry, the Santa Fe Opera brings Wilde's relevant and tragic story to the stage in Oscar, a new opera.

Songs From America's West at the Autry National Center

Rodney Punt | Posted 06.16.2012 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The Old West has become the New West, but for a few moments last Monday evening, Michael Martin Murphey, Philip Daughtry and the evening's artists at the Autry National Center helped us remember how and why we all ended up here.

LACO Refracts a Mozart Concerto With Timothy Andres

Rodney Punt | Posted 06.10.2012 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Andres stated earlier he hoped people wouldn't think he intentionally "gave the finger" to Mozart. But he needn't worry. The exercise came off more like a good-natured, thumb-nosing tribute to the irreverent genius from Salzburg.

World Premiere of American Spring by Stephen Cohn at Shumei Hall

Rodney Punt | Posted 06.09.2012 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The listener can use Cohn's extra-musical titles as aural guides or listen solely to the unfolding musical developments. It is this dual quality of abstract and concrete that makes Cohn's music interesting on so many levels.

The Brandenburgs Are Their Brand: LACO's Six Concertos Of J.S. Bach

Rodney Punt | Posted 01.17.2012 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Having performed the Brandenburgs some 52 times in its history -- the latest a week ago Sunday at UCLA's Royce Hall -- the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has a special affinity to these works.

Lisztomania Reconsidered at Jacaranda Music

Rodney Punt | Posted 07.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Franz Liszt's lifelong quest for creative and spiritual growth straddled three musical epochs. Once the lion-king of musical Europe, Liszt ironically enters his bicentenary as something of a lamb to contemporary audiences.

Bridges to Somewhere: Master Chorale Embraces Worlds in Los Angeles

Rodney Punt | Posted 06.07.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The Los Angeles Master Chorale is taking the right chances and making well-founded commitments on emerging musical directions in a Los Angeles that is ever complex and evolving.

PHOTOS: Pollock, Politics And Prostitutes: Haiku Reviews

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a weekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditio...

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.

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.

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.

Medea Takes Revenge in an Abandoned Warehouse

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

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The Eclipse Quartet and its Contemporary Cosmos

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Less flamboyant than the Kronos and more feline than the Arditti, the Eclipse Quartet is L.A.'s answer to both.

Schubert's Winterreise from Le Salon de Musiques

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

When a young singer sets out to make his reputation, he must usually choose between appealing, often familiar works and a newer repertoire. Baritone Christopher Herbert has chosen a third option.

Cherubini's Medea to Launch Long Beach Opera's New Season

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Given Long Beach Opera's history of contemporizing operas, and with this production of Medea characterized as "triple murders in a warehouse," will this be the company's most ambitious season ever?

A Quest for Meaning in Holiday Music (And Finding It in The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles)

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Reflecting on the holiday season just passed, I am impressed at how often Christmas music induces good feelings but rarely serious thoughts.

Rigoletto With a Touch of the Surreal

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

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Le Salon de Musiques in Schubert -- A Haunting Second Concert of the Inaugural Season

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

If symphony orchestras are lumbering, soon-to-be-extinct dinosaurs, as some of their critics claim, then today's chamber ensembles are their evolved, fleet-winged descendants that may yet survive music's Jurassic Age.