LA Opera: “Florencia en el Amazonas” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Lush orchestration, fervent arias, soaring high notes: these are the hallmarks of Daniel Catán’s opera, Florencia en el Amazonas. Earnest in its desire to please and enlighten, what the score and libretto lack in conveying the wildness of the Amazon is compensated for by L A Opera‘s singers and musicians embracing the… Read More LA Opera: “Florencia en el Amazonas” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Opera: LA Opera’s “Billy Budd” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg On Saturday night, at the LA Opera, evil was palpable, insinuating itself in every corner of the house; and though innocence was destroyed, Britten’s opera, Billy Budd, triumphed. In the grandest of all his operas, Benjamin Britten and his librettists, E.M. Forster and Eric Crozier, created an opera of sweeping power and… Read More Opera: LA Opera’s “Billy Budd” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion