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  • 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...
  • 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'...
  • Review: L.A. Opera's 'Lucia di Lammermoor' sweeps away resistance

     Review: L.A. Opera's 'Lucia di Lammermoor' sweeps away resistance
    A terrific cast, a production that enhances or at least doesn't much get in the way, and superb conducting make Los Angeles Opera's new production of "Lucia di Lammermoor" a go-to event. Unveiled Saturday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Donizetti's...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Historic Hayworth Theatre is entering a new stage of life

    Historic Hayworth Theatre is entering a new stage of life
    The historic Hayworth Theatre, a Spanish colonial-style building named after actress Rita Hayworth, has changed its identity many times since it opened in 1926 on Wilshire Boulevard near MacArthur Park. The venue has served as a live-performance theater...
  • For Albina Shagimuratova, opera is a special kind of love and madness

     For Albina Shagimuratova, opera is a special kind of love and madness
    The sound of a woman descending into madness is rich and piercing — and oddly beautiful. In a quiet rehearsal room at the Los Angeles Opera, music director James Conlon gathers about half a dozen people around a grand piano. Among them is...
  • 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-...
  • 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,...