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  • Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' is a compassionate feat

    Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' is a compassionate feat
    The Metropolitan Opera had a mess on its hands. Hundreds of people stood, or sat in rented wheelchairs, outside Lincoln Center on Monday to protest its production of John Adams' "The Death of Klinghoffer," an operatic depiction of the high-profile...
  • The stagings of 'The Death of Klinghoffer' since its 1991 premiere

    The stagings of 'The Death of Klinghoffer' since its 1991 premiere
    The 23-year journey of "The Death of Klinghoffer" to the Metropolitan Opera: 1991 — "Klinghoffer" premieres in Brussels. 1992 — San Francisco Opera stages "Klinghoffer." It will be the last new fully staged U.S. production of the opera for...
  • 'Death of Klinghoffer' goes on at Met Opera House despite protests

    'Death of Klinghoffer' goes on at Met Opera House despite protests
    Composer John Adams' controversial "The Death of Klinghoffer" opened Monday night at the Metropolitan Opera to a chorus of protests, while inside the Lincoln Center theater, the show went on. The opera, inspired by the 1985 hijacking of the Achille...
  • 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. 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...
  • 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...
  • L.A. Philharmonic's 'Cosi fan tutte' hits stage with A-list help

    L.A. Philharmonic's 'Cosi fan tutte' hits stage with A-list help
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic's production of the Mozart-Da Ponte opera "Così fan tutte" arrives on stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday with a hard-edged futurism and a note of nostalgia. It's the third production in as many years to unite...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Renee Fleming makes debut in a play at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    Renee Fleming makes debut in a play at Williamstown Theatre Festival
    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...