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As the curtain opens, a new and vibrant light is shed on the story of Akhnaten at LA Opera. On the opening night of Akhnaten
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Speranza's current success as a conductor is derived, in part, from an impressive lineup of engagements as a pianist, repetiteur, and Assistant Conductor.
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Upon entering Shulamit Gallery in Venice, one encounters a subtle, abstract, white on white wall relief by LA artist David Abir. This is another case where it is up to us viewers to count the number of shades of white.
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Two probing views of obsessive love spelled success for the marriage of inconvenience between Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle. Their double-bill opening Saturday at the Chandler Pavilion marked the LA Opera's second collaboration with wave-making Australian stage director Barrie Kosky.
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"Why are you so passionate about opera" was a question thrown at me today, and I puzzled for a response. It certainly was not something which came naturally to me from my environment.
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During this short trip, I managed to squeeze in a quick visit to Pomona College Museum of Art, where I was rewarded with
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It uses the latest in projection technology to create a series of whimsical animated tableau that mix 1920s silent-movie kitsch with greeting card silliness and Nightmare-Before-Christmas pop-art.
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I have seen Mozart's The Magic Flute about a dozen times over the years, and each time I wonder once again about the invisible line separating the merely brilliant innovator from the creative genius, the latter being so rare as to be almost unimaginable.
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Part of Shakespeare's genius lies in the way he loves even his fools and villains. When we watch his characters blather or sin, we are never repelled. Each seems to be an aspect of ourselves, all necessarily living together in this wonderful house of folly we call the world.
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Einstein on the Beach arrived at Los Angeles's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion last week like a beatific visitation from another realm.
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On October 11, 12, and 13 the L.A. Opera is presenting a spectacular operatic event... for these three performances only, we will be able to see the final incarnation of the legendary opera, "Einstein on the Beach."
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Move over Verdi, Puccini, Bizet... (not you, Mozart)... make room for Lee Holdridge and Richard Sparks. Who? These are the guys who have created a new opera, Dulce Rosa, which will enter the pantheon of great operas we all should see over and over again.
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Operas and movies are like opposites that attract but can rarely live together. New movies, like old operas, get the big houses. New operas, like old movies, get the small houses. Got that? The LA Opera did.
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On Friday evening, May 17, there will be a spectacular musical event at the Eli & Edythe Broad Stage -- the first of six performances of a new opera, Dulce Rosa, based upon a celebrated short story by Chilean author, Isabel Allende.
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She sang her heart out with peerless ringing tones and mixed with the ensemble as if she had often performed with them. At the conclusion, she received a standing ovation which lasted for all of five minutes from the normally jaded audience. A triumph, indeed.
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It's easy to criticize. I do it all the time. But I decided not to blog here on Huffington my feelings about the recent Oscars show -- but I must comment that any show that opens with an offensive song entitled "We Saw Your Boobs" has a real problem.
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Though Puccini's Madame Butterfly is the most performed and popular work in LA Opera's 27-year history, it is never guaranteed a sure-fire production.
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A little girl standing next to me at a recent opera rehearsal turned to me and said with tears in her eyes, "I didn't know that opera could be such fun!" Friends, it sure is, and we must do everything we can to support it!