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Lakeside story

In our current political climate with issues of immigration, tribalism, and white nationalists, the 1957 musical West Side Story has a distinctly contemporary feel.  Lyric Opera of Chicago’s version, a co-production with Houston Grand Opera, and the Glimmerglass Festival, is dazzling, thoroughly entertaining, fast paced, and, in the end, deeply moving.   Read more »

What the cat dragged in

LA Opera presented Plácido Domingo in Manuel Penella’s seminal zarzuela El Gato Montés  Saturday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center downtown.  Read more »

Something With a ‘Ring’ to It

The Metropolitan Opera’s current revival of the Ring offers audiences the opportunity to relive these dramas with a roster of musicians largely plucked from our time’s premier interpreters of Wagner. Cycle II in particular represents an embarrassment of musical riches, as it marks the sole instance when one could simultaneously sample the exemplary artistry of Andreas Schager, Michael Volle, and Tomasz Konieczny within a contained traversal of the four operas.  Read more »

Riding on empty

Two atmospheric but bleak works provide a musical illustration of the notion that misery loves company. 

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The lady in question

The story shows what may happen when corrupt individuals occupy positions of trust.

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Behind closed doors

Mozart appears to find promiscuity a source of humor rather than something that is a fundamental problem.

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Like a prayer

It was quite a pleasure—a privilege, really—to see John Dexter’s legendary production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites.

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The end is the beginning of the end

At the Metropolitan Opera’s Götterdämmerung on Saturday afternoon, the fires which consumed the Gods burned lukewarm.

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