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  • Orlando Furioso: The lists of birthday celebrants are usually too disparate to imagine joining together, but today, for some reason, I... 12:06 PM
  • La Cieca: That Peter Gelb has amazing power, preventing your Facebook friend from being hired anywhere in the world except San Juan. 11:30 AM
  • La Cieca: Konwitschny notwithstanding, cutting the Traviata sung dances is very tough musically. The end of the opening chorus sets up a... 11:13 AM
  • Camille: Thanks very, very much for the calendar for the Boston music scene, which I will now bookmark and keep track of — had I... 10:42 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Now I confess that early in my opera appreciation days I found the flower song in Carmen completely boring. I... 10:05 AM
  • aulus agerius: I’d go to that in a heartbeat. But you’d really have to stay awake and pay attention – no texting! 9:58 AM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=wQRp 1Q-iy3A Here I go again….When I find them..I go nuts..Note the slight “glottal... 9:28 AM
  • armerjacquino: The Konwitschny production I saw at ENO cuts the ballet. It’s an option. 8:39 AM

Fireworks

At the conclusion of LA Opera’s revival of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro I was taking the early opportunity to stand before the curtain calls since I knew we’d all be on our feet presently. 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.” I couldn’t have agreed more.   Read more »

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.  Before opening night on Saturday he related how a  performance of Gioachino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia by a fledgling local company lit the fire in him to be a conductor at the tender age of 11. Read more »

Male fraud

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

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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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