Cher Public

Untouched by an angel

A bandit on the run.

Los Angeles Opera is the latest company to jump in on that cr-razy trend that sweeping the nation: boring the public to death. The dire details follow the jump. Read more »

Babylon revisited

We have blood; cue the thunder!

I have no doubt that Opera is time travel. Sitting in a theater watching a performance of a work that’s held the stage regularly (or sometimes, more excitingly, not so regularly) brings with it an experience that can throw your mind all the back to that work’s premiere.  Read more »

Diver gent

Georges Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles has been knocking steadily at the door of the standard repertoire now in this country for quite some time. From the 1960’s onward there have been a precious few productions pop up here and there but none that really caught fire for a number of reasons.  Read more »

In her role debut as Carmen, Ana María Martínez gets lost in the shuffle.

Carmen denominator

When you attend a performance of Georges Bizet’s Carmen you can never be quite certain which one you’re in for.

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From the sublime to the stentorian

W.C. Fields used to have a funny trope about in show business you should never work with children or animals. To that list should perhaps be added the soprano Anna Netrebko.

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Crate expectations

Not a few eyebrows arched on social media when L.A. Opera appropriated the hashtag “Fight like a girl” on street level poster adverts all over town for the revival of their 2013 production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca. 

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The gala lilies are in bloom again

Saturday night the Los Angeles Opera threw itself a party.

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Tales that witness madness

Jacques Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann has had a bumpy ride to its pride of position in the current French repertoire.

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Dancing lady

I entered the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday night for LA Opera’s 30 year old revival of their production of Salome with a combination of enthusiasm and apprehension.

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Comedy on the Calais Coach

Friday night Music Director James Conlon sold Die Entfürhung aus dem Serial to a tony crowd of Angelenos. 

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