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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...
  • 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....
  • Review: Profeti della Quinta roams Jewish Italian madrigal songs

    Review: Profeti della Quinta roams Jewish Italian madrigal songs
    Even for a city in which architectural surprise is no surprise, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple surprises. Do yourself a favor and step inside; the interior has just been magnificently restored. A radiant 1929 mural surrounds the domed synagogue,...
  • Critic's Pick: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and 'The Suit'

    Critic's Pick: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and 'The Suit'
    The Bristol Old Vic production of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" currently at the Broad Stage and the Théâtre de Bouffes du Nord production of "The Suit," which opens Wednesday at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, both are connected to South Africa. Shakespeare'...
  • San Diego Opera closing: Vocal patrons share their reactions

    San Diego Opera closing: Vocal patrons share their reactions
    SAN DIEGO — Judging by the audience's reaction, the villain at the San Diego Opera's swan-song production of "Don Quixote" may have taken the stage before the curtain was even raised. As the house lights were about to go down Saturday night, Ian...
  • L.A. Phil's Minimalist Jukebox has maximum exposure in the Southland

    L.A. Phil's Minimalist Jukebox has maximum exposure in the Southland
    "This primitivistic music goes on and on," the prescient San Francisco Chronicle music and art critic Alfred Frankenstein wrote in his 1964 review of the premiere of Terry Riley's "In C." "At times you feel you have never done anything all your life...
  • Review: The L.A. Phil's Minimalism marathon

    Review: The L.A. Phil's Minimalism marathon
    Minimalism, the musical version, has always been a numbers game. It began with extended tones, with beats added and subtracted to phrases at will and with simple rhythms played in and out of phase to create complex patterns. So let's have some numbers...
  • 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. Philharmonic 2014-15 season includes Dessner, Cerrone works

    L.A. Philharmonic 2014-15 season includes Dessner, Cerrone works
    The musical lineup will be characteristically ambitious and wide-ranging throughout the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2014-15 season, which is being announced Tuesday. And Walt Disney Concert Hall audiences will find increasing amounts of stimuli for the...
  • Los Angeles Opera's 'Billy Budd' cast learns how to survive a hanging

    Los Angeles Opera's 'Billy Budd' cast learns how to survive a hanging
    Under the Articles of War enacted by the British Navy in the 18th century, many crimes qualified as capital offenses, including mutiny, treason, robbery, sodomy and murder. Executions were often carried out by hanging, with the convict strung up from...