| May 16, 2010
Los Angeles Opera's "Ring Cycle" clocks in at nearly 19 hours (with intermissions). That's not only a lot of Richard Wagner's music but plenty of love greed, incest and murder. Here, for the uninitiated, is a summary of the four operas.
| May 16, 2010
By now you've probably gathered that Richard Wagner was opera's great maker of epics, with the singular ability to rouse emotions, amass followers and incite enmity. He was mythmaker, and he was mythologized. His operas are massive pageants of humanity,...
| May 30, 2010
Sundays Live at LACMA: Weekly one-hour classical chamber music concerts and recitals by soloists and ensembles. This series has been running since 1948. Bing Theater, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 6 p.m. Free. http:/...
| Jun 20, 2010
At one time, Los Angeles was Weimar on the Pacific: Numerous German-speaking émigrés put their stamp on the city to which they'd fled.
What with directors such as Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch, writers such as Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht, and...
| Jul 2, 2010
For better and for worse, the $31-million Los Angeles "Ring" turned out to be a "Ring" for Los Angeles rather than a "Ring" for the world.
The worst of it, for Los Angeles Opera, is a $5.96-million deficit resulting mainly from slack demand for expensive...
| Aug 7, 2010
Travelers have long ago discovered most of Europe's castles. These fortresses can be fun, offering battle re-enactments, sound-and-light shows, catapult demos, dress-up costumes, fake garden parties, wagon rides, tourist accommodations and medieval...
| Feb 7, 2010
Among the copious anecdotes that Leon Botstein likes to relate about Richard Wagner and his ugly anti-Jewish views is an ironic one involving Zionist Movement founder Theodor Herzl.
FOR THE RECORD:
Wagner and the Ring Festival: An...
| Dec 13, 2010
Harley-Davidsons bearing Barbie dolls and stuffed animals idled Sunday morning in south Glendale at the starting point of the 23rd annual L.A. Toy Ride.
Event coordinator Richard Wagner said more than 1,000 riders would roar to the Fred Jordan Mission...
| Sep 18, 2009
At the Hollywood Bowl recently, the Los Angeles Philharmonic gave a rare performance of Percy Grainger???s imaginary ballet, ???The Warriors.??? There were, as far as I could tell, no protests from the audience about performing this rambunctious and...
| Apr 12, 2010
-- Academy's awards: Actress Meryl Streep and conductor James Levine have been elected honorary members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Those inducted into the main body include composers Tania Leon and Fred Lerdahl, architect Thom Mayne,...
| Apr 15, 2010
Like many opera illiterates, I used to associate Richard Wagnerâs âGotterdammerungâ with one thing: Nazis. Those ominous strings, the rumbling timpani, the heroic heralding horns; they could mean only one thing ... more Hitler footage on t...