January 15, 2004 |
Richard Strauss' sumptuous "Der Rosenkavalier" and his unconventional "Ariadne auf Naxos" will be among four new productions during Los Angeles Opera's 2004-05 season, along with Samuel Barber's "Vanessa" and Charles Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet." The company announced Wednesday that the season will begin Sept. 8 with Mozart's early opera "Idomeneo," featuring company general director Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko and Angelika Kirschlager.
February 4, 1996 |
A dozen years ago, the compact disc was a new concept, treated with considerable suspicion ("but it's so small!") by the classical-music crowd--conservative when it comes to new technology applied to the arts. At the time, it seemed certain that the new format would be employed only in conjunction with the newest recording technique, digital sound. And even then exclusively in standard repertory.
July 25, 2005 |
From its opening video images of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island to the final shots of the Statue of Liberty, Peter Boyer's "Ellis Island: The Dream of America" is a work of rare authenticity and directness. The 45-minute piece, which embeds seven first-person narratives from the Ellis Island Oral History Project in a stream of evocative music, was performed movingly by Carl St.Clair and Orange County's Pacific Symphony on Saturday at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine.
July 30, 1995 |
Considering the staggering expense of recording opera in the 1990s, it's hardly surprising that low-priced opera recordings of quality are usually reissues. Since the material is recycled, neither today's production costs nor the astronomical fees (and substantial royalties) now demanded by the most popular singers and conductors of traditional repertory are involved. But not all highly accomplished opera artists working today command sky-high fees.
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September 12, 2005 |
Randall Behr, who conducted 24 productions for the Los Angeles Opera and served as resident conductor of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, has died. Behr, 53, died in his sleep Thursday of a heart attack at a hotel in Bloomington, Ind., according to his mother, Colleen Bare of Modesto. Behr was in Bloomington preparing Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" for an Indiana University opera production scheduled to open Sept. 23.
April 6, 2004 |
Academy Award-winning film director William Friedkin ("The Exorcist," "The French Connection") will direct a new production of Saint-Saens' "Samson et Dalila" for the New Israeli Opera and Los Angeles Opera, the two companies jointly confirmed Monday. The production will premiere in Tel Aviv in June 2005, then receive its Los Angeles premiere in October 2005. Placido Domingo, L.A.
December 8, 2004 |
Here's my Grammy prediction for the big loser of the best classical album of 2004: the Naxos disc of Elliott Carter's Symphony No. 1, Piano Concerto and "Holiday" Overture. But nominating it four days before the dean of American music turns 96 -- still vital and still widely and irresponsibly dismissed as an unreasonable complexifier -- is a responsible and maybe not even hollow gesture.
July 5, 1992 |
The irony is inescapable: While the major recording labels sweat out the creation of contemporary performing icons, trying to force-feed reluctant consumers with an endless succession of high-priced, overhyped turkeys, the same labels hedge their bets with superior material from their archives at mid-price (about $10) or even budget (which can translate to as little as $6).