L A Opera: Bellini’s “Norma” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg On Saturday night the angels were singing in Los Angeles. Angela Meade in the title role of the Druid high priestess and Jamie Barton as Adalgisa sang Norma, Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece, to sublime effect. If the staging seemed a bit flat, the celestial singing of Meade more than compensated for the… Read More L A Opera: Bellini’s “Norma” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

LA Opera Announces its 2015/16 Season

LA Opera Opens the 2015/16 Season with Gianni Schicchi, Staged by Woody Allen LA Opera’s thirtieth anniversary season opens with the double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci (September 12 through October 3, 2015). Placido Domingo, LA Opera’s general director, will sing the title role in Woody Allen’s staging of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. The opera… Read More LA Opera Announces its 2015/16 Season

Opera: LA Opera’s “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles.  Before there was Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night, before Renoir’s Rules of the Game or Sturges’s The Lady Eve, there was Mozart and Da Ponte’s The Marriage of Figaro. Through beautifully delineated characterizations, both musically and poetically, Mozart’s tender and often hilarious opera reminds us what it is to… Read More Opera: LA Opera’s “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Opera: Los Angeles Opera’s “The Barber of Seville”

By Jane Rosenberg With characterizations so vivid, musicianship so accomplished, and comedy so sublime that it raises the spirits, Los Angeles Opera’s The Barber of Seville is a triumph. The cast is splendid, from the smallest role to the knockout performance of Elizabeth DeShong’s Rosina. At every turn, this Barber delivered. From the opening chords… Read More Opera: Los Angeles Opera’s “The Barber of Seville”

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 “Lucia di Lammermoor” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Transcendent is the first word that comes to mind in describing Albina Shagimuratova’s portrayal of the ill-fated heroine of Donizetti’s masterpiece, Lucia di Lammermoor, on opening night of LA Opera’s new production. With crystalline technique and heartrending beauty, Shagimuratova’s voice gave us the full flavor of Lucia’s fragility, bravery, and madness. One… Read More Opera: LA Opera’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Live Opera: The Los Angeles Opera performs “The Magic Flute” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg There were unusual doings at the Los Angeles Opera Saturday night. If your taste in opera is locked in the past, you should steer away from their new production of The Magic Flute, but if inventive, visually abundant, and clever re-imaginings of classic operas are  your métier, then this is the production… Read More Live Opera: The Los Angeles Opera performs “The Magic Flute” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Live Music Theatre: John Adams’ “The Gospel According to the Other Mary” at Disney Hall

A Musical Tidal Wave of Surprises!   By Norton Wright New Yorker Magazine’s jazz critic Whitney Balliett in 1959 shorthanded a definition of jazz as “the sound of surprise.”  So today, when so very little in the arts genuinely surprises, the shock and awe generated by contemporary composer John Adams and director/librettist Peter Sellars is… Read More Live Music Theatre: John Adams’ “The Gospel According to the Other Mary” at Disney Hall

Live Music: The Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall

By Don Heckman The glorious voices of the Los Angeles Master Chorale announced the coming arrival of Christmas in a brilliantly celebratory fashion Sunday night at Walt Disney Hall.  Appropriately, the program was dedicated to the works of a pair of the Baroque era’s most gifted composers – Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Sebastian Bach. The… Read More Live Music: The Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall