The Mariinsky Ballet’s “Cinderella” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Prokofiev’s scores for Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella are simultaneously exuberant and sensuous, dark and ironic. To hear Cinderella played by the Mariinsky Orchestra accompanying the Mariinsky Ballet under the baton of Gavriel Heine is to hear all the lushness and dissonance this music has to offer. At every turn the brilliance… Read More The Mariinsky Ballet’s “Cinderella” 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

Opera: John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (through March 1)

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles.  In an achingly beautiful LA Opera production, the ghosts of monarchies and revolutions past materialize before our eyes at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. We are enveloped in an exquisite postmodern version of Marie Antoinette’s little theatre at Versailles, awash in dusty blues and pearlescent greens. It is the world of… Read More Opera: John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (through March 1)

2014 Remembered: Memorable Opera and Dance Performances

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles may be suffering the effects of a drought, but the year was a deluge of notable performances in opera and dance. Team a dynamic conductor, James Conlon, with a great coloratura soprano, Albina Shagimuratova, and add the glass harmonica played by rare musical instrument soloist, Thomas Bloch. The result: Lucia… Read More 2014 Remembered: Memorable Opera and Dance Performances

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

Ballet: The National Ballet of Canada’s “Romeo and Juliet” at the Dorothy Chandler

By Jane Rosenberg From opening curtain to final bows, choreographer Alexi Ratmansky, along with his set and costume designer, Richard Hudson, and lighting designer, Jennifer Tipton, hurls us into the very heart of a fifteenth century Renaissance painting in his Romeo and Juliet, created for the National Ballet of Canada and premiering at the Dorothy… Read More Ballet: The National Ballet of Canada’s “Romeo and Juliet” at the Dorothy Chandler