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  • laddie: Review for Santa Fe’s La Fille du Regiment. Pretty much sums up how I felt about it. I found myself wishing it were... 6:54 PM
  • manou: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=g8hu XkSaL7o 6:50 PM
  • manou: Covering her tracks. 6:48 PM
  • Hippolyte: According to her posts on Facebook, Wilson is in Bayreuth–cov ering something I presume–Brun nhilde? Isolde? 6:28 PM
  • vilbastarda: I think you mean “O tempura”. Ah, and where is Geneviève to concoct some spam delish…. 5:56 PM
  • m. croche: In my defense, this was a Crotch reprint from 2011. I don’t whip it out every year. 5:24 PM
  • Chenier631: Yikes, that was pretty awful! All I can say is “where is Jennifer Wilson when we need her”? Chenier631 5:22 PM
  • Camille: If you like, and when I get them out of storage, you may come over and eat a blue plate special on my Blue Spode. No Spam,... 5:22 PM

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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