| 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'...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 6:00 AM
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...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 1:26 PM
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...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 8:15 AM
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....
| Mar 13, 2014
| 5:30 AM
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...
| Mar 15, 2014
| 7:30 AM
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...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 11:00 AM
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...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 4:50 PM
"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...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 12:14 PM
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-...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 5:45 AM
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,...