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September 16, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The start of fire season and opera season in Los Angeles often coincide. It's weird - a scheduling remnant from the days when the Los Angeles Opera and Los Angeles Philharmonic shared the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and bickered over dates - but it works. The late-summer air is hot and dry, toxic with smoke. People are on edge. Sensitivities are heightened. Emotions flare. Jerks cut you off on the freeway. That's neither an improper apocalyptic atmosphere nor apoplectic state in which to receive opera.
June 4, 2000
Mark Swed's May 21 articles on Peter Hemmings and Los Angeles Opera provided well-merited coverage of a man and an institution that have changed the cultural landscape of Southern California. One aspect that Swed touched on but did not praise sufficiently is the company's commitment to developing young local artists. This is a mission Los Angeles Opera shares with the Opera Buffs Inc., which provides scholarships and performance opportunity to young singers in Southern California. Swed suggests that other companies have "stronger personalities" than Los Angeles Opera.
June 20, 2010 | By Scott Timberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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 12, 2012 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo will perform in a special concert in Los Angeles next summer devoted to zarzuela and other Latin American music. The June 7 concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will be organized by Los Angeles Opera and feature a variety of young singers. L.A. Opera said Domingo will sing on stage and conduct the company's orchestra. Soloists will include soprano Janai Brugger, a recent Operalia winner and an alumna of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program; tenor Joshua Guerrero, a first-year member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program; and by soprano María Eugenia Antúnez.  The concert will be followed by the 15th annual Plácido Domingo Award presentation to soprano Ailyn Pérez.
July 16, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
Two years after starring in its premiere in Los Angeles, Placido Domingo brought “Il Postino,” the opera about the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, to Neruda's homeland. The opera by the late Daniel Catan just concluded a run at the Municipal Theater of Santiago starring Domingo, who is L.A. Opera's general director. The performances featured other leading cast members from the L.A. production. Conducting is Grant Gershon, the resident conductor of Los Angeles Opera, who also led the orchestra for the L.A. premiere.
May 27, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Tara Glynn Colburn, major benefactor and founding board member of the Los Angeles Opera at its inception in 1986, has died at the age of 61. Colburn died Friday of cancer in Geneva, Los Angeles Opera officials said. As a part of her philanthropy, Colburn underwrote the recent production of "The Barber of Seville" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and was a co-sponsor of the production of "Madama Butterfly" planned for next season.
May 22, 2013 | By David Ng
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.
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.
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