| Aug 19, 2014
| 4:07 PM
Licia Albanese, a revered Metropolitan Opera soprano who achieved superstar status in the postwar era for her emotionally intense and technically accomplished portrayals, particularly of the doomed geisha in "Madama Butterfly" and other Puccini heroines,...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 3:31 PM
Plácido Domingo is a surefire audience draw for Los Angeles Opera whether he's singing on stage or conducting in the orchestra pit. On Thursday, the company said it is adding an additional performance of its upcoming revival staging of "La Traviata,"...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 4:59 PM
The Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera will be scrapping its fall seasons this year as the joint company works its way through financial issues. Leaders are deciding when regular performances will resume and are expected to make an announcement within...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Throughout its storied history, the Metropolitan Opera in New York has weathered a number of crises as dramatic as anything presented on stage -- strikes, ailing music directors, a fired diva, a backstage murder and a disastrous conflagration in the...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Los Angeles Opera is almost back.
Not that it has gone anywhere. But after having been one of the country's most progressive companies last decade, it had to put much of its imagination on hold in its past four conventional seasons. There was an...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 5:45 AM
"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...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 4:36 PM
Renée Fleming has performed dozens of opera's leading roles in a professional career that has spanned three decades. This month, the soprano is trying something altogether new for her -- she's starring in a stage play.
The new role isn't actually such a...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 7:00 AM
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The company — which in May rescinded a controversial decision to...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 6:00 AM
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...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 5:15 AM
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...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 7:30 AM
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'...