May 22, 2013 |
When soprano Natalie Dessay showed up for rehearsals for the 2011 production of "La Traviata" at the annual Aix-en-Provence Festival in France, she encountered a rather unwelcome presence -- a documentary crew with a camera that followed her around in disarming proximity. "I didn't want them to be there. I was very annoyed that someone was filming us," Dessay recalled in a recent interview. The French singer was speaking by phone from San Francisco, where she was preparing to perform in Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffman.
October 3, 2012 |
Damon Albarn continues to take on projects other than plotting a U.S. tour for intermittently reunited Brit-pop band Blur. In London on Wednesday, the artist unveiled a new program designed to bring new audiences to the opera. The English National Opera initiative, dubbed "Undress for Opera," designates four performances -- one each of "Don Giovanni," "La Traviata," "Sunken Garden" and "The Perfect American" -- to be a more casual, affordable...
February 5, 2012 |
On Saturday, Los Angeles Opera will be giving its first performance ever of Giuseppe Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra," a work that straddles a longer span of time in his extraordinary evolution than any other. The story of a seafaring adventurer who fathered a child out of wedlock and is elected the Doge (ruler) of Genoa amid a feud between the Patricians and the Plebeians, "Boccanegra" was originally written in 1857 in the center of his famous middle period but then extensively revised in 1881 just before his great final period.
June 12, 2009 |
Please bear with me; this can get confusing. Los Angeles Opera has two Marta Domingo productions of Verdi's "La Traviata," an updated one and a traditional one that feels like it's been around forever. The newer "Traviata" premiered at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 2006, with Elizabeth Futral as the 19th century Parisian courtesan turned into a '20s flapper. But a few months later, the old one was taken out of mothballs for a flapper-averse Renee Fleming, when L.A.
June 3, 2009 |
Whatever you do, don't tell Russian soprano Marina Poplavskaya that her performance -- or any other artist's -- is "OK." She'd rather be hated than provoke no reaction at all. "This singer was terrific, and this singer was 'OK,' what do you mean by 'OK'?" she exclaims. "How can you call any sort of art 'OK'? It's dead if it's OK."
May 23, 2009 |
This will shock you. So please put aside cynicism for a moment. Yes, Los Angeles Opera has remounted Marta Domingo's well-worn first production of Verdi's "La Traviata" with a non-star cast in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Yes, the conductor was the company's associate conductor in his company debut Thursday night. Yes, the company will, of course, run this popular opera, with changing casts, for a month in hopes of raising as much cash as it can to help support its costly "Ring" cycle.