May 20, 2013 |
This review has been updated. See below for details. While the proposed “subway to the sea” may be decades away if it ever comes, Los Angeles Opera isn't waiting for it to happen. The company is making the trek from downtown right now, launching L.A. Opera Off Grand on the Broad Stage on Friday night with an evening-length, world-premiere opera, “Dulce Rosa.” L.A. Opera's tireless general director Plácido Domingo was in the pit, vigorously lending his prestige and drawing power.
September 4, 2013 |
Renée Fleming will return to Los Angeles Opera later this season in a production of André Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire," which is scheduled to run for three performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on May 18, 21 and 24, 2014. The production will mark the first time that Fleming has performed in an opera for the company since her 2006 role in "La Traviata. " (She has appeared in recitals for L.A. Opera in the interim.) Fleming, who plays Blanche DuBois in the adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play, first performed in the role in 1998 at San Francisco Opera.
January 8, 2013 |
Los Angeles Opera will present the current touring revival of “Einstein on the Beach,” composed by Philip Glass and staged by Robert Wilson, as part of its 2013-14 season, the company is announcing on Tuesday. The company will present a special slate of programs devoted to the centenary of composer Benjamin Britten. The season will also include tenor Plácido Domingo in the company premiere of Jules Massenet 's “Thaïs” and a new staging of Donizetti's “Lucia di Lammermoor.” “Einstein” will have three performances Oct. 11-13 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
June 4, 2013 |
Having developed a momentary case of the 20-year itch for the beloved production of Mozart's “The Magic Flute” that it has been rolling out since 1993, Los Angeles Opera announced Tuesday that it's about to have a fling with a sexy new flame it met earlier this year in Berlin. Instead of a fifth helping of the 1993 production directed by Peter Hall and designed by noted British cartoon artist Gerald Scarfe - as had been anticipated when the company announced its 2013-14 season in January - L.A. Opera's general director, Placido Domingo, announced Tuesday it will offer the U.S. premiere of an unorthodox version of “The Magic Flute” that was launched early this year by Komische Oper Berlin and combines live opera with silent film that uses 21 st century digital animation to create a 1920s Buster Keaton-ish feel.
June 28, 2013 |
Culture Monster got the chance to chat with Australian opera director Barrie Kosky on Thursday, head of Berlin's experimental Komische Oper Berlin. He's in town for just three days, to meet with the Los Angeles Opera about the fall production of his interactive, wildly nontraditional version of Mozart's “The Magic Flute.” We met up with Kosky at the LA Opera's costume shop, which was crammed with racks and racks of colorful outfits from operas past - gypsy armor from “Il Trovatore” and a Spanish bullfighter's uniform from “Carmen,” among them.
May 16, 2013 |
John Caird, who's directing the L.A. Opera production of "Tosca" that opens Saturday, played crucial roles in launching two of the biggest stage blockbusters of modern times. The fact that the British director remains somewhat below the radar, at least in America, speaks volumes about the difference between having blockbuster directing credentials on stage, as opposed to on screen. In 1980, Caird teamed with Trevor Nunn to direct the Royal Shakespeare Company's 81/2 -hour theatrical adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby," scripted by David Edgar.