| Apr 12, 2009
Some glimpses of the conductor from his friends and colleagues who were asked to share a key memory. The reminiscences were mostly written, at the invitation of The Times. Several were shared in interviews with music critic Mark Swed and staff writer Mike...
| Mar 29, 2009
Typically, artistic ventures are judged two ways: by the critical community and in the court of public opinion. But in the case of Richard Wagner's four-part "Der Ring des Nibelungen," attention must be paid to a third constituency: enthusiasts of the...
| 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:/...
| Apr 25, 2010
The horned helmet — usually sitting on the head of a zaftig soprano — is the universal symbol of Richard Wagner's "The Ring of the Nibelung." But like Shakespearean tights and codpieces, it's a visual cliché that fell out of currency decades...
| 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...
| May 16, 2010
It goes by many names: Armageddon, the apocalypse, Ragnarok, the End of the World. In show business, it's sometimes referred to as the money shot — the climactic scene in which directors unleash a tidal wave of visual effects to conjure the mother...
| Feb 24, 2008
Not since 1950 when the U.S. Army briefly captured Pyongyang during the Korean War have so many Americans descended on the world's most reclusive, anti-U.S. capital. This time, though, the invasion is not military, but musical.
A 747 jumbo jet from...
| Nov 8, 2008
Better known as a novelist, British writer A.N. Wilson is also a biographer of such literary figures as Tolstoy and C.S. Lewis. In his latest book, he draws upon both strengths as he conjures up two real-life characters, Adolf Hitler and Winifred (known...
| Apr 9, 2010
| 9:32 PM
Supporters of the âRingâ gathered for a cast party following the opening performance of âGÃ¶tterdÃ¤mmerungâ at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion last week. The opera is the final installment of Wagnerâs four-part epic, which the Los Angeles Opera...
| Apr 10, 2010
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What do Thor, Xena, Hellboy and "X-Men's" Jean Gray all have in common? Besides being popular superhero figures with big cult followings, they can trace their roots all the way back to 19th century composer Richard Wagner and his four-opera......
| Apr 11, 2010
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A Sunday cover story in the Los Angeles Times Arts & Books section by David Ng takes a look at the long-running, and just plain long, Ring Festival operas by Richard Wagner -- produced in Los Angeles for the first......