Live Opera: LA Opera’s “Gianni Schicchi” and “Pagliacci”

By Jane Rosenberg Love and greed are the passions at work in the LA Opera’s double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci on stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through October 3. In Puccini’s comedy Gianni Schicchi, we have the grasping relatives of Buoso Donati scheming to change his will, as his corpse lies prostrate… Read More Live Opera: LA Opera’s “Gianni Schicchi” and “Pagliacci”

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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: Puccini’s “Tosca” performed by the LA Opera conducted by Placido Domingo

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles.  Opera is the exquisite melding of art forms: music, drama, and visual art.  The ultimate success of an opera production lies in the perfect balance of all three.  On Wednesday evening, June 5, at the Music Center, mid-run through LA Opera’s Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, the music was a success,… Read More Live Opera: Puccini’s “Tosca” performed by the LA Opera conducted by Placido Domingo