| 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 3, 2010
Dr. Sherwin Sloan retired early as an ophthalmologist to pursue an obsession that bestowed another title on him — leader of the Ringheads, a nickname for devoted followers of Richard Wagner's four- opera cycle known as "The Ring."
| 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...
| Jan 10, 2010
The dominant theme in the 2010 musical performance landscape is the Frederic Chopin bicentennial. More than 2,000 worldwide events will honor the beloved Polish composer and his elegiac piano scores. Chopin festivals abound seemingly everywhere: London,...
| 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...
| Nov 9, 2010
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We asked Chicago and suburban residents: 'What holiday tradition are you most looking forward to?' Here's what they had to say:
Grace Alfano - 75, Willowbrook - "For Christmas Eve my husband dresses up as Santa Claus. We used to have a lot more of the...
| Dec 3, 2010
Former San Diego
art museum director
Sebastian "Lefty" Adler, 78, who elevated the reputation of what is now the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art during the decade he was its director, died of natural causes Monday at his home in...
| 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...
| 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...