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  • A cost-cutting San Diego Opera ready to regroup

    San Diego Opera has reached a new level of stability, leaders say, after a series of cost-cutting and the announcement of new initiatives to broaden its presence in the community. The company — which in May rescinded a controversial decision to...
  • A predicament right out of a melodramatic opera

    A predicament right out of a melodramatic opera
    When announcements for the next opera season began arriving early this year, the overall impression was that our country's companies were getting livelier if not yet up to the more progressive European model. Los Angeles Opera, in particular, is...
  • 'Show Boat' keeps rollin' along in fine style in San Francisco

    "Show Boat" is a great show. But does a classic 1927 Kern and Hammerstein musical belong ensconced alongside "La Traviata" and "Madama Butterfly"? San Francisco Opera thinks so. Well, fish got to swim, birds got to fly. And someone's got to show "Show...
  • 'Klinghoffer' from a St. Louis perspective

    I don’t know to what extent this city practices religious tolerance. But the two noble and awe-inspiring architectural landmarks in the tony, leafy, popular Central West End are the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and the immense Barnes-...
  • San Diego Opera will stay open, put on Mozart, Puccini, John Adams

    San Diego Opera will stay open, put on Mozart, Puccini, John Adams
    After a contentious decision to close, a subsequent public backlash and the departure of its board president and artistic director, San Diego Opera has decided to reverse course and stay in business. New leaders of the embattled company said Monday that...
  • For Long Beach Opera, Kurt Vonnegut-Wynton Marsalis pairing overdue

    For Long Beach Opera, Kurt Vonnegut-Wynton Marsalis pairing overdue
    It is a double bill of opposing reactions, one a homage, the other a rejection. Yet both paths bring us to the same place: a modernization of Stravinsky's not-so-modern classic, "L'Histoire du Soldat." Perhaps this is one way to frame Long Beach Opera's...
  • Review: Frederica von Stade is regal in 'A Coffin in Egypt'

    Review: Frederica von Stade is regal in 'A Coffin in Egypt'
    As an art form with a specialty in portraying madness from the inside, opera can provide vivid evidence of what it is like to lose one's mind. But Ricky Ian Gordon's new opera, "A Coffin in Egypt," which had its West Coast premiere Wednesday night at...
  • L.A. Opera's 'Thaïs' a voluptuous, lavishly detailed seduction

     L.A. Opera's 'Thaïs' a voluptuous, lavishly detailed seduction
    Massenet's "Thaïs," which reached Los Angeles Opera for the first time Saturday night, may be an antique French opera. But it's an exotic, erotic antique concerning an alluring courtesan in decadent 4th century Alexandria. She inflames desire in a...
  • Rapturous response to André Previn's 'Streetcar Named Desire'

     Rapturous response to André Previn's 'Streetcar Named Desire'
    It was 25 years ago last month that André Previn angrily resigned as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic over artistic control. Long before that, though, Previn had begun burning bridges with Los Angeles, where he grew up and became a prominent...
  • L.A. Philharmonic's 'Cosi fan tutte' hits stage with A-list help

    L.A. Philharmonic's 'Cosi fan tutte' hits stage with A-list help
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic's production of the Mozart-Da Ponte opera "Così fan tutte" arrives on stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday with a hard-edged futurism and a note of nostalgia. It's the third production in as many years to unite...
  • Long Beach Opera stretches Stravinsky with two makeovers

     Long Beach Opera stretches Stravinsky with two makeovers
    A complete art form, opera can select from a list of ingredients that includes music, text, theater, visual art, dance, film and, lately, virtual reality and even brain waves. Smell, taste and touch have been experimented with in extreme cases. Recipes...