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

Ballet: “Don Quixote” by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg There are some beguiling innovations in the Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s production of Don Quixote on view at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through June 26.  Rather than setting the ballet in the time period of Cervantes’s classic, we open on nineteenth century Spain, after the country’s defeat by France (and closer to… Read More Ballet: “Don Quixote” by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion