July 9, 2012 |
In his latest movie "To Rome With Love," Woody Allen plays Jerry, a retired music executive and former opera director who travels to Italy to meet his daughter's fiancé. Upon his arrival in the Eternal City, Jerry encounters his future son-in-law's father, an undertaker who happens to have a perfect operatic voice - but only when he's singing in the shower. The chance discovery precipitates a series of comic set pieces, and prompts Jerry to rediscover his passion for the operatic art form.
June 20, 2010 |
At one time, Los Angeles was Weimar on the Pacific: Numerous German-speaking émigrés put their stamp on the city to which they'd fled. What with directors such as Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch, writers such as Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht, and assorted film composers and actors — many of whom gathered to express their love of German high culture and their hatred of fascism — it seemed at times that the Southland's intellectual life...
December 7, 2008 |
We all know reading is declining and we all know that video and the Internet have a lot to do with the reasons why. So too does the closing of bookstores, along with the downsizing of publishers, magazines and newspapers. Obviously, if you give people less to read, they will read less. Now the literary predicament has hit opera, where we are also faced with more screens and less access to printed text.
August 18, 2002
"Artists and repertoire subject to change. No refunds or exchanges" reads the fine print on the Los Angeles Opera advertisement on Page 49 in the Aug. 11 Calendar. I ask you, would you put down money on next year's car knowing that the make, model and options would be subject to change, no refunds or exchanges? I do not think so. So why buy tickets in advance to the Los Angeles Opera? You have no choice of seating by phone or mail order, so best seat is not an option. Indeed, because they never really sell out, some of the best tickets are at the box office the night of performance.
May 29, 2004 |
Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, oft dubbed "opera's love couple," will sing three performances of Puccini's "La Boheme" for Los Angeles Opera next season, officials confirmed Friday. The glamorous husband-and-wife team will sing Dec. 10, 14 and 17 during the Nov. 20-Dec. 19 run of Puccini's popular work. Tenor Marco Berti and soprano Ana Maria Martinez are slated to sing the other performances. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 1. -- Chris Pasles
November 17, 2007 |
Los Angeles Opera will celebrate the 40th anniversary of company general manager Placido Domingo's first appearance at the company's home, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with an April 18 gala concert at the theater at which Domingo is expected to perform. The celebrated tenor sang the title role in Alberto Ginastera's "Don Rodrigo" at the then-new Chandler Pavilion on Nov. 17, 1967.