February 28, 2004 |
Will Los Angeles Opera music director Kent Nagano add the Montreal Symphony to his list of duties? The Canadian press thinks so. But Nagano and orchestra officials are keeping mum. Citing a story that appeared earlier in Montreal's French daily Le Devoir, the Montreal Gazette said Friday that Nagano so wowed musicians and audiences when he led the orchestra in January 2003 that he's become the prime candidate to take over the post left empty when Charles Dutoit left almost two years ago.
June 12, 2005 |
EXPLAINING his reason for including three composers in his project to create a narrative symphonic work about the experiences of Japanese Americans in the World War II internment camp Manzanar -- a work he conducted at UCLA this month -- Kent Nagano told The Times that he felt the context was broad. There were many stories to relate, he well knew, his parents and grandparents having been among those interned, and he liked the idea of more than one musical point of view.
July 17, 1986 |
Even with an orchestra clearly friendly to its guest conductor, an amplification system turned up to its loudest setting and a certain rapport between all participants, the debut appearances of conductor Kent Nagano and pianist Ursula Oppens in Hollywood Bowl Tuesday night still proved undistinguished.
March 3, 2004 |
Confirming speculation published last week, the Montreal Symphony on Tuesday named Los Angeles Opera music director Kent Nagano its new music director starting in 2006. For the next two seasons, the 52-year-old conductor will serve as music advisor to the orchestra, developing its programming and leading at least four concerts each season. "It's very exciting news," Nagano said Tuesday by telephone from Montreal.
September 7, 2001 |
The Los Angeles Opera may be boasting about the dawn of a new era--the first season planned by Placido Domingo having just opened Wednesday night with a new production of the company's first Russian opera, Tchaikovsky's "Queen of Spades"--but that doesn't mean that its three most important artists for the opening weeks are actually going to stick around through them.
September 16, 2004 |
Los Angeles Opera music director Kent Nagano told the company's board of directors Wednesday that he would leave his post when his contract expires at the end of the 2005-06 season. Although the announcement was a blow to L.A. Opera, given Nagano's crucial influence on the company's rapid musical growth, it came as no surprise.
June 13, 1995 |
The park was alive, Sunday, with the sound of music. Most of it was sophisticated and genteel. All of it was stimulating. Well, nearly all. . . . Libbey Bowl, bucolic home of the Ojai Festival, isn't like that other bowl in Southern California. This one is small, rugged and unpretentious. The sun may burn, and the wooden benches may menace the assembled Sitzfleisch . Never mind. The primary threat of aerial intrusion in this bucolic paradise comes from birds, not planes.
June 9, 2000 |
Confirming months of rumors, Californian Kent Nagano has been named principal conductor of Los Angeles Opera by the company's artistic director-designate, Placido Domingo. The position, effective in July 2001, one year after Domingo takes charge, marks the first time the 14-year-old opera company has created a position of such significance for a conductor.
March 27, 2006 |
I doubt that many who attend "The Marriage of Figaro" know exactly what is going on at all points in its screwball plot. Yet Saturday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, when Los Angeles Opera brought back its perfectly likable 2004 production of Mozart's opera, I noticed something unusual. As the situation on stage got more confusing, heads in the audience began bobbing less.