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

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