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  • Newly reborn San Diego Opera now facing state audit

    Newly reborn San Diego Opera now facing state audit
    Having announced this week that it had reversed its decision to close its doors, the newly reborn San Diego Opera faces another challenge on its road to recovery: an investigation by the California attorney general. The opera said it had received a...
  • Dudamel and the L.A. Phil illuminate, elevate 'Cosi fan Tutte'

     Dudamel and the L.A. Phil illuminate, elevate 'Cosi fan Tutte'
    Dudamel sings! It is a rare playful moment in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's nasty yet startlingly illuminating new production of "Così fan Tutte" and a tiny surprise, which I have now spoiled. But at its most elevated, opera is an art form...
  • 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...
  • L.A. Chamber Orchestra to premiere Anna Clyne's 'Prince of Clouds'

     L.A. Chamber Orchestra to premiere Anna Clyne's 'Prince of Clouds'
    CHICAGO — When London-born Anna Clyne was 7, friends of her parents gave her family a piano with randomly missing keys. Undeterred, Clyne not only played that piano but by age 11 had written a few little songs for herself and a flute-playing friend....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Music review: A brilliant Brahms duo of Yo-Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax

    Music review: A brilliant Brahms duo of Yo-Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax
    Brahms and Tchaikovsky made an effort to be civil to each other when the German and Russian composers met, and that was impressive. In an infamous review, Edward Hanslick, the most powerful critic in 19th century Vienna and Brahms' mouthpiece,...
  • Robert Ashley, a true pioneer in opera

    Robert Ashley, a true pioneer in opera
    On announcing the death last week of composer Robert Ashley in New York at 83, the composer and critic Kyle Gann wrote on his blog that Ashley was "the greatest genius of 20th-century opera. I don't know how long it's going to take the world to...