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

Opera: John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (through March 1)

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles.  In an achingly beautiful LA Opera production, the ghosts of monarchies and revolutions past materialize before our eyes at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. We are enveloped in an exquisite postmodern version of Marie Antoinette’s little theatre at Versailles, awash in dusty blues and pearlescent greens. It is the world of… Read More Opera: John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (through March 1)

Opera: LA Opera’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles.  When Andre Previn asserted that A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams was already an opera – just without the singing, he spoke to the essence of the play. With the life and death struggle of Blanche DuBois, we have a dramatic heroine as grand and iconic as any Carmen,… Read More Opera: LA Opera’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” 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