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

By Jane Rosenberg Orientalism, sin, sex, and religion: Jules Massenet’s opera, Thaïs, has it all (and a thrilling Placido Domingo to boot). A lavish production, now on stage at the Los Angeles Opera, revels in the nineteenth century fascination with extravagance versus asceticism but is oddly bereft of sexual content. The story, taken from Anatole… Read More Opera: LA Opera’s “Thaïs” 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 Opera: Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Los Angeles Opera

By Jane Rosenberg One of the most iconic characters in opera is the fiercely independent and willful Carmen, drawn from the pages of Prosper Mérimée’s nineteenth century novel. Prizing freedom above all else, she’s willing to die to preserve that freedom. A modern woman in every sense, Carmen loves as she pleases with the kind… Read More Live Opera: Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Los Angeles Opera