LA Opera’s “The Magic Flute” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Comical, effervescent, and packed with visual stimulation, LA Opera’s The Magic Flute returned to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday after its acclaimed run here in 2013. From the minds of director Barrie Kosky and the English theater team of Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barritt, and a production of the Komische Oper… Read More LA Opera’s “The Magic Flute” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Ballet: Los Angeles Ballet in a Triple Bill at Royce Hall

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles.  If Fred Astaire embodied the essence of dance to George Balanchine, then surely to Jiři Kylián, as evidenced in his hilarious yet knowing ballet, Sechs Tänze, it’s Charlie Chaplin, and his comic physical grace that springs to mind. Los Angeles Ballet wisely chose Kylián’s creation to conclude its triple bill,… Read More Ballet: Los Angeles Ballet in a Triple Bill at Royce Hall

Live Chamber Music: The Elias String Quartet at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall

By Don Heckman Ashland, Oregon.  The Elias String Quartet was the headliner Friday night at the SOU Music Recital Hall —  the  last ensemble in the Chamber Music Concerts 2014-2015 schedule of stellar string quartet performances.  And the  CMC  couldn’t have made a better choice to top off their string quartet season. The string quartet… Read More Live Chamber Music: The Elias String Quartet at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall

Opera: LA Opera’s “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles.  Before there was Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night, before Renoir’s Rules of the Game or Sturges’s The Lady Eve, there was Mozart and Da Ponte’s The Marriage of Figaro. Through beautifully delineated characterizations, both musically and poetically, Mozart’s tender and often hilarious opera reminds us what it is to… Read More Opera: LA Opera’s “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Opera: UCLA Opera’s “The Two Figaros” at Freud Playhouse

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles is in the midst of a citywide celebration of all things Figaro. Courtesy of the LA Opera we have The Ghosts of Versailles, soon to be followed by The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. Even LA Theaterworks jumped into the mix with a semi-staged production of The… Read More Opera: UCLA Opera’s “The Two Figaros” at Freud Playhouse

Picks of the Week: October 15 – 19 in Los Angeles, New York City and London

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 16 – 18. (Thurs. – Sat.) Dee Dee Bridgewater. She’s a Grammy and Tony award winner, an actress, a radio star and a U.N. Ambassador. As if all that wasn’t enough, she’s also a dynamic jazz artist, a singer with a unique style and a creative imagination. She… Read More Picks of the Week: October 15 – 19 in Los Angeles, New York City and London

Live Music: Members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in a France a la Carte Performance

By Don Heckman Beverly Hills, CA. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s A La Carte performances, which take place in private international residences throughout Los Angeles, are among the Southland’s most appealing musical events. Each features a chamber music performance by distinguished members of LACO, along with gourmet dinners and prime beverages celebrating the cuisine of… Read More Live Music: Members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in a France a la Carte Performance

Live Music: Tales of Madness and the Glass Harmonica

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles. Though the name, glass harmonica, sounds more like an imaginary instrument from a children’s book, it is the very real invention of Benjamin Franklin.  During a recent back stage tour of LA Opera’s upcoming production of Lucia di Lammermoor, Thomas Bloch, a renowned soloist of the glass harmonica, along with… Read More Live Music: Tales of Madness and the Glass Harmonica

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