LA Opera Presents Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg For sheer entertainment value, LA Opera’s new co-production of The Abduction from the Seraglio, has it all: marvelous singing, sublime music from the pit, laugh out loud humor, and equal measures of sexiness, beauty, and opulence. What it lacks is sensitivity to the more ennobling aspects of Mozart’s vision. Director, James Robinson,… Read More LA Opera Presents Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

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Los Angeles Opera’s La Bohème at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg With its poignant narrative of struggling Bohemians in 19th century Paris and a score of lyric beauty rife with atmosphere and soaring melodies, La Bohème can melt even the hardest hearts and entertain the most demanding audiences. Certainly the LA Opera thinks so and has mounted the Herbert Ross production for the… Read More Los Angeles Opera’s La Bohème at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Backstage Magic Tricks at LA Opera’s “The Marriage of Figaro”

By Jane Rosenberg If you like a little flash and dazzle with your Marriage of Figaro, Los Angeles Opera’s production, opening March 21, has it. After all who wouldn’t enjoy a pyrotechnical display at the end of one’s wedding festivities? And that’s exactly what Figaro and his bride Susanna have in store. Following the scheming… Read More Backstage Magic Tricks at LA Opera’s “The Marriage of Figaro”

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”

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

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

Opera: Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” (“Cinderella”) at the Los Angeles Opera

By Jane Rosenberg From dancing rats to pink and yellow bewigged stepsisters to wine soaked courtiers, Rossini’s Cinderella (La Cenerentola), as performed by the LA Opera, is a musical, visual, and comedic delight.  And if Rossini’s sparkling music isn’t enough to induce you to spend an evening at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with arguably the… Read More Opera: Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” (“Cinderella”) at the Los Angeles Opera