Cher Public

Truth, force

I have a confession. I’m not really much of a fan of modern music past Mr. Stravinsky. Although a few pieces creep through like, say, Samuel Barber’s Vanessa. (Sorry, that was a joke.)  Read more »

Marquis name

Opera for me is the very definition of escapism. The reasons are too obvious to list and, most especially, in the hideously tumultuous political times we find ourselves in. So last night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion it was a relief to cast your mind back in history to a simpler time: the Spanish Inquisition.  Read more »

Meeting Rigoletto

I have a confession to make. I have been taking Rigoletto for granted.  Read more »

Every day a little death

Neumeier adapted the story close to home, making Orpheus a choreographer and his wife a star ballerina.

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Untouched by an angel

Los Angeles Opera is the latest company to jump in on that cr-razy trend that sweeping the nation: boring the public to death.

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Babylon revisited

What if you could time travel back to the first run of Giuseppe Verdi’s first great success Nabucco?

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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.

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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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