February 26, 2001 |
Friday, on the eve of Colin Powell's visit to Egypt, Los Angeles Opera brought Egypt to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The secretary of state's trip is important business and so, too, should be Handel's opera "Julius Caesar," which concerns the Roman emperor's Alexandrine War and his seduction by Cleopatra.
March 20, 2006 |
"Orfeo ed Euridice," the last production this season for Chicago's Lyric Opera, is a dark, starkly solemn, minimalist show. Emotion is not kept out of Gluck's mannerly opera, but it is kept in check. The understated modern-dress staging is beautiful to witness. The singing displays elegance.
October 1, 2007 |
Orion Weiss is an up-and-coming pianist who has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as orchestras in Baltimore, Indianapolis and Minnesota. He's given solo recitals in New York, St. Louis and Paris. But for all that, Weiss, 25, has a problem he shares with many of his musical peers: how to be heard on a professionally made CD. "There are not many labels doing serious, dedicated recordings of young artists," Weiss said recently.
November 3, 2002 |
When it comes to early-music orchestras, Los Angeles is on the map, but barely. Consider Boston's Handel & Haydn Society. It's the oldest continuously active performing-arts organization in the nation. It's responsible for premiering Handel's "Messiah" in the United States (in 1818, nearly 80 years after it was written). It plays at Boston's Symphony Hall, among other venues, puts on more than 20 performances in a seven-month season and claims an attendance larger than 30,000 a year.
April 11, 2007 |
Has the opera war commenced at Lincoln Center? This genteel parcel of high-priced Manhattan real estate is no arts world combat zone yet. But there has been an invasion, and last week a Handel battle broke out. With the recent announcement that Gerard Mortier will take over the artistic leadership of New York City Opera in 2009 after leaving the Paris Opera, the competition between the Metropolitan Opera and its poor relation next door seemed inevitable.
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July 5, 2006 |
American mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, a riveting singer known for her fearsome vocal and dramatic power, whether in opera or the cantatas of Bach, died peacefully at her home in Santa Fe, N.M., on Monday, according to Richard Gaddes, general director of the Santa Fe Opera. She was 52. "It's a massive loss to the opera world," Gaddes said Tuesday. "She was one of the greatest singers of her generation. She was ... a deep, serious musician and had a great sense of theater."