September 8, 2005
A handsome Army private catches the eye of the irrepressible Countess of Gerolstein, and soon he's promoted to the post of commander in chief, much to the consternation of the countess' staff and the private's girlfriend. Offenbach's comic opera "The Grand Duchess" gets an English-language update as Los Angeles Opera opens its 20th season. The work is directed by film and television legend Garry Marshall in his opera stage debut. Frederica von Stade sings the role of the Countess.
June 29, 2004 |
A Mozart opera modernized to feature prostitutes, full-frontal nudity, drugs and sadistic violence has created a storm in Berlin. The premiere of "The Abduction From the Seraglio" at the Komische Oper last week was met with shouts of "Scandal!" and "That's not Mozart!" and threats by opera house sponsor DaimlerChrysler that it would pull its $24,000 annual funding.
August 1, 2002 |
What's Cinderella without her wicked stepmother, fairy godmother or pumpkin coach? A hoot. Children's theater versions of the tale are often Disneyesque in nature; "Cinderella!," at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, springs from a different source: the 19th century Rossini comic opera "La Cenerentola." Smoothly adapted and directed by Dimitri Toscas, this is a rollicking "Cinderella!," a fresh, funny blend of classical singing and sly buffoonery.
March 14, 2002 |
Scale isn't everything, even in opera. What this weekend's Ventura College Opera Workshop program lacks in grandness, it makes up for in resourcefulness and daring. It will present a pair of fully staged, compact comic operas, plucked from wildly different sources. Mozart's "The Impresario" is a satire of the music business (a ripe target even in the 18th century), about feuding divas. From a more recent vintage and an odd corner of the music world comes "Oedipus Tex," by P.D.Q. Bach--a.k.a.
March 3, 2001 |
"Agon" and "Mavra" are the colorful novelties, "The Rite of Spring" the visceral and radiant climax at this week's installment of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's monthlong Stravinsky festival. Under Esa-Pekka Salonen's deeply focused leadership, all three works held a festive audience in thrall, in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday night.
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January 3, 2001 |
Choreographer Mark Morris' lively staging of Rameau's comic opera, "Platee," will open the Eclectic Orange Festival 2001 on Sept. 28-29 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Rameau's 18th-century opera-ballet will be presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County in association with Opera Pacific. French tenor Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, who created the role for Morris' production at the 1997 Edinburgh Festival, will sing Platee.