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  • Theodore Bikel and Tevye, the perfect match

    Theodore Bikel and Tevye, the perfect match
    Sweeping statements are risky, but one can be made confidently about Theodore Bikel: No living actor's connection to a fictional character has been more lasting or deeply personal than his lifelong walk with Tevye the Dairyman. Bikel is 89. Three...
  • New York City Opera near bankruptcy; Kickstarter effort falling short

    New York City Opera near bankruptcy; Kickstarter effort falling short
    New York's second-largest opera company appears to be on the brink of bankruptcy as an emergency fundraising effort is failing to meet its target, barring any last-minute miracle. The New York City Opera was looking to raise $1 million through...
  • Placido Domingo: New York City Opera demise would be a 'tragedy'

    Placido Domingo: New York City Opera demise would be a 'tragedy'
    When renowned tenor Plácido Domingo was still a relatively unknown singer from Spain, he made his Los Angeles-area debut at the Music Center in 1967 in a touring series by the New York City Opera. His local debut included performances in "Don Rodrigo,"...
  • Pioneering AIDS play 'Normal Heart' revived just in time

    Pioneering AIDS play 'Normal Heart' revived just in time
    Actor Tim Cummings is quietly stripping on stage at Los Angeles' Fountain Theatre. Each item of clothing comes off with mounting dread. Now Cummings, who plays writer-turned-AIDS activist Ned Weeks in Larry Kramer's pioneering play "The Normal Heart,"...
  • Philip Glass' 'Einstein' is opera because 'that's where the stuff was'

    Philip Glass' 'Einstein' is opera because 'that's where the stuff was'
    NEW YORK — What opera launched a legendarily prolific opera career, influenced a generation of opera composers and is an American opera classic, yet is not an opera and has only been mounted a handful of times in the 37 years since its premiere?...
  • Violinist Jennifer Koh turns physicist for 'Einstein on the Beach'

    Violinist Jennifer Koh turns physicist for 'Einstein on the Beach'
    Before each performance of the five-hour "Einstein on the Beach," violinist Jennifer Koh must endure at least one hour in the makeup chair to transform her from a thirtysomething woman to the gray, wizened Nobel Prize-winning physicist — a head-to-...
  • Review: 'The Last Goodbye' gets rocky as it fuses the Bard with pop

    Shakespeare and contemporary popular music might seem like strange bedfellows, but his plays have a way of coalescing with whatever musical style is thrown their way. A rock version of "Two Gentlemen of Verona" won the Tony for best musical in 1972,...
  • In the L.A. classical music scene, the music comes first

      In the L.A. classical music scene, the music comes first
    It was said to have been a disastrous seven days for classical music in America. "Hell week" is what Russell Platt called it in the New Yorker last week. New York City Opera declared bankruptcy and shut down. Minnesota Orchestra's music director Osmo...
  • Richard Montoya takes L.A. tale 'Water & Power' from stage to screen

     Richard Montoya takes L.A. tale 'Water & Power' from stage to screen
    Richard Montoya keeps a mental library of depictions of L.A. gleaned from "Chinatown," "Repo Man," "Mulholland Drive," the novels of James Ellroy, and other pop-culture texts. So when he began adapting his neo-noir stage drama "Water & Power" for the...
  • Does L.A. Opera lack the guts to stage 'The Perfect American'?

    Does L.A. Opera lack the guts to stage 'The Perfect American'?
    Philip Glass' groundbreaking American opera "Einstein on the Beach" opened at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Friday for what promoters billed as one of the biggest cultural events of the season. And what about the composer's new opera, the one about...
  • Review: Time and space are one in thrilling 'Einstein on the Beach'

    Review: Time and space are one in thrilling 'Einstein on the Beach'
    There is an anecdote about Einstein from when he taught at Caltech in the early 1930s. One day, pianist and Beethoven specialist Artur Schnabel came to visit the famed physicist, who was an avid amateur violinist, and they read through a Beethoven...