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To live and die (with honor) in L.A.

ButterflyLos Angeles first saw Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly presented at the Mason Opera House downtown in 1908 by the English Grand Opera Company. Rumors that LA Opera Artistic Director Placido Domingo portrayed Cio-Cio San’s little boy in that production remain unsubstantiated.  Read more »

Out there in the dark

The revival of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Music Center downtown, last seen at LA Opera in 2013, is reason for jubilation for everyone except perhaps the singers engaged. But more of that anon.  Read more »

The rite stuff

Remember that time you went to the opera and the entire evening was perfection? Yeah, me neither: you get so close but there’s always something that detracts from total glory. My remembrances of LA Opera’s production of Bellini’s Norma will have no such detractions since the flaws in the performance where so minor compared to the whole I can easily dismiss them.  Read more »

Nozze 1

Fireworks

As I leaned forward the woman in front of me turned to her seatmate and very quietly, in a voice thick with emotion and not a few tears, said, “it’s so beautiful.”

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My name is Barbiere

James Conlon, Music Director for the LA Opera, often does the pre-game lecture in the huge open space on the second floor lobby of the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion and it’s almost always a standing room only crowd.

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Boys in the Sand

Male fraud

Has Los Angeles Opera mentioned lately that Billy Budd has an all-male cast?

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When Pats collide

As part of its “Figaro Unbound: Culture, Power and Revolution at Play” series, Los Angeles Opera next season will present John Corigliano‘s The Ghosts of Versailles featuring soprano Patricia Racette as Marie Antoinette and Broadway legend Patti LuPone as the Turkish entertainer Samira.

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Senior moment

Being an opera lover in Los Angeles is a lot like being a Red Sox fan.  As hard as they try we never make it to the World Series, let alone the playoffs.

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You Needed Spellcheck

“…LA Opera’s 2010/11 25th Anniversary Season will continue with Benjamin Britten’s suspenseful masterpiece The Turn of the Screw, opening at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 12, 2011 . . . . Irish mezzo-soprano Anne Murray makes her Company debut as the housekeeper Mrs. Grose, the governess’ only ally.” (Los Angeles Opera press release)

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Furchtbarer Ring!

I guess we all should have seen this one coming.

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