Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s “Lost in the Stars” at Royce Hall

By Jane Rosenberg When a politically powerful work of art performed by world-class artists takes the stage before an audience hungering for substance and truth, the results are electric. Without doubt, UCLA’s Royce Hall was an important place to be on Sunday evening. Those in attendance were treated to an emotional rollercoaster of profound implications.… Read More Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s “Lost in the Stars” at Royce Hall

LA Opera Presents Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg For sheer entertainment value, LA Opera’s new co-production of The Abduction from the Seraglio, has it all: marvelous singing, sublime music from the pit, laugh out loud humor, and equal measures of sexiness, beauty, and opulence. What it lacks is sensitivity to the more ennobling aspects of Mozart’s vision. Director, James Robinson,… Read More LA Opera Presents Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Jacob Jonas The Company at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

By Jane Rosenberg Jacob Jonas, a twenty-four year old, Los Angeles based choreographer, began his dancing life on the streets of LA and it is the dance language of the streets – break dancing, popping, and acrobatics – that is featured in much of his choreography. His self-proclaimed mission is to create a popular, more… Read More Jacob Jonas The Company at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

LA Opera Presents Leonard Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg With the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth approaching in 2018, LA Opera began the celebration with a semi-staged concert performance of Wonderful Town. For the occasion, the orchestra was seated on the stage, flanked by LA Opera Chorus members, with the soloists lining up front and center. What began as a… Read More LA Opera Presents Leonard Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Opera: Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten” at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg With enough Juggling stunts to rival Cirque du Soleil, Philip Glass’s opera, Akhnaten, tumbled into town from London in a new staging co-produced by English National Opera and LA Opera. It was a night to remember, both for its failings and for its strengths. When Glass’s meditation on the life of Akhnaten… Read More Opera: Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten” at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Three U.S. Ballet Companies Celebrate Forsythe at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg All true art refers to the art that preceded it, whether following as a logical outgrowth of earlier investigations or flipping those investigations upside down. Without Giotto, there would be no Titian, without Titian there would be no Delacroix, and so forth. As for dance, suffice it to say that without Petipa… Read More Three U.S. Ballet Companies Celebrate Forsythe at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Dance: Deborah Hay’s “Figure a Sea” at Freud Playhouse, UCLA

By Jane Rosenberg   Meditative, spare, hypnotic, fascinating, and tender – words that aptly express the experience of seeing Deborah Hay’s Figure a Sea. Her minimalist aesthetic combined with her insistence on the poetry of everyday movements forge a quiet yet compelling inner dialogue for each dancer and in turn offers the audience a window… Read More Dance: Deborah Hay’s “Figure a Sea” at Freud Playhouse, UCLA

LA Opera Presents Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Verdi’s Macbeth, interpreted by a consummate conductor and orchestra with magnificent singing from the chorus and principals, made for a powerful night of opera and a brilliant opener to LA Opera’s 2016-17 season. With a narrative rife with the evil machinations of that tortured pair of king-slayers, Lord and Lady Macbeth, Verdi… Read More LA Opera Presents Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

By Jane Rosenberg Hershey Felder, like Leonard Bernstein, the subject of his one-man musical play, is a passionate educator, offering general audiences musical insight into the creative process of composers from Irving Berlin to Beethoven. With skillful piano technique, nuanced vocals, and strong acting chops, Felder explores Bernstein’s life and times. What was most engaging,… Read More Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts