LA Opera’s “The Magic Flute” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Comical, effervescent, and packed with visual stimulation, LA Opera’s The Magic Flute returned to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday after its acclaimed run here in 2013. From the minds of director Barrie Kosky and the English theater team of Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barritt, and a production of the Komische Oper… Read More LA Opera’s “The Magic Flute” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

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

Live Opera: Jake Heggie’s “Moby Dick” at the LA Opera

By Jane Rosenberg A beautifully conceived graphic depiction of a ship at sea under an immense canopy of stars, a libretto derived from a classic American novel, a score by a noted American composer, a superb conductor at the helm of the orchestra, and a uniformly excellent cast of singers. These were the ingredients that… Read More Live Opera: Jake Heggie’s “Moby Dick” at the LA Opera

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”

2014 Remembered: Memorable Opera and Dance Performances

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles may be suffering the effects of a drought, but the year was a deluge of notable performances in opera and dance. Team a dynamic conductor, James Conlon, with a great coloratura soprano, Albina Shagimuratova, and add the glass harmonica played by rare musical instrument soloist, Thomas Bloch. The result: Lucia… Read More 2014 Remembered: Memorable Opera and Dance Performances

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 Music: Tales of Madness and the Glass Harmonica

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles. Though the name, glass harmonica, sounds more like an imaginary instrument from a children’s book, it is the very real invention of Benjamin Franklin.  During a recent back stage tour of LA Opera’s upcoming production of Lucia di Lammermoor, Thomas Bloch, a renowned soloist of the glass harmonica, along with… Read More Live Music: Tales of Madness and the Glass Harmonica

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