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.
October 12, 2012 |
Miked, coiffed and dusted with TV makeup, the world's busiest opera tenor was ready for his close-up. "Welcome, Katherine Jenkins, back to the ballroom," barked the "Dancing With the Stars" announcer, "along with the amazing Plácido Domingo, who's just as gorgeous!" It was a balmy October evening at CBS Television City studios on Beverly Boulevard last week, and a surreal mash-up of the famous (Kirstie Alley, Emmitt Smith) and would-be famous were squaring off in an "all-star" edition of ABC's hit dance-contest whack-a-thon.
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 18, 2012 |
That's "Sir" Kenneth Branagh and "Dame" Zaha Hadid, to you. The birthday honors for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II were announced recently, and among those receiving titles will be actor-director Branagh, a Shakespearean veteran of stage and screen, and architect Hadid, who has won the Pritzker Prize and whose buildings include the London Olympics' Aquatic Centre. Branagh will receive a knighthood for his contributions to drama as well as to the community of his native Northern Ireland.
August 13, 2011 |
This month at Opera Camp, a program of L.A. Opera, children from 9 to 17 will sing, dance and make new friends. They will also learn about a vastly different camp -- the Nazi concentration camp at Terezin, Czechoslovakia, that interned 15,000 children from 1941-45. During those years, the opera "Brundibar" was performed 55 times by many of the young people -- before most were transported to their deaths. Only 100, according to most estimates, survived. Now, 50 Opera Camp participants are preparing to perform the 35-minute work four times this weekend at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre.
July 26, 2008 |
Veteran opera director Wolfgang Wagner on Friday welcomed guests to his festival in Bayreuth, Germany, walking on the arm of his youngest daughter -- a leading contender to replace him after a 57-year reign and a prolonged struggle over his successor. Wagner, the 88-year-old grandson of composer Richard Wagner, briefly greeted bystanders along with his 30-year-old daughter Katharina outside the Festspielhaus before the opening of the annual celebration. An official decision on who will take over the festival is not expected until after this year's event ends on Aug. 28.