November 18, 2010 |
The surviving prologue of an unfinished, long-lost opera by Dmitri Shostakovich will have its world premiere in December 2011 in a semi-staged production at Walt Disney Concert Hall, capping a multi-year process of musical sleuthing and improbable discoveries that's nearly as eye-opening as the work's bizarre subject matter. Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in three performances of the reconstructed prologue to the opera, "Orango," a blisteringly satirical 1932 work about the wayward doings of a grotesque half-man, half-ape creature that the Russian composer wrote in collaboration with librettists Alexei Tolstoy and Alexander Starchakov.
October 18, 1997
Bravo! L.A. Times for "A Generation of L.A. Opera Singers Comes of Age" by Jan Breslauer (Oct. 15). I am a huge fan of L.A. Opera and it's about time that the company and its artists get the exposure they deserve. L.A. Opera is truly a gem and deserves more attention than it is receiving. That is why I was pleasantly surprised when I turned to the Calendar section and saw the familiar faces of Rodney Gilfry, Suzanna Guzman, Greg Fedderly and Hector Vasquez. Opera is alive and kicking, but the general public is not aware of this.
January 20, 2005 |
If you're curious about opera but not quite ready to pop for a ticket, you can always get a taste of it at home. Some first-rate performances have been captured on celluloid and video, and they might just whet your appetite for the real thing. * Barber of Seville Rossini's enduring comedy pits two young lovers and a wily barber against a greedy older guardian who wants the girl -- and her dowry -- for himself. Cecilia Bartoli stars in this 1988 Schwetzingen Festival performance.
May 7, 2004 |
The Santa Fe Opera plans to present an opera in Spanish for the first time in nearly three decades, general director Richard Gaddes said. Argentine Osvaldo Golijov's "Ainadamar," which opened last year at Tanglewood, will be revised for the 2005 season by Golijov and director Peter Sellars. It is based on the life of poet-playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. The Santa Fe Opera's last Spanish-language production was Manuel de Falla's "La Vida Breve" in 1975.
February 16, 1990 |
There aren't many organizations with ardor to equal that of the Music Center Opera League. Entrusted with the task of expanding the Los Angeles Music Center Opera's audience, league members act, according to President Joan Thompson, "like missionaries going out into the community telling everyone opera is here--and it's wonderful."
October 22, 2006
IN the late 1970s and early 1980s, opera power brokers at the Music Center had no real idea where to go with this most mercurial and trying of art forms ["Holding Onto a High Note," Oct. 8]. Other people and companies did. In 1979, a feisty lady named Johanna Dordick formed a company called Los Angeles Opera Repertory Theatre (later L.A. Opera Theatre). A year later, the company unveiled its first production, Benjamin Britten's "Albert Herring," at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, starring a then-unknown tenor named Jonathan Mack.
June 6, 2006 |
A Vivaldi opera that has not been performed officially for several centuries will be featured at this summer's Festival of the Two Worlds in the Umbrian hill town of Spoleto, Italy, organizers said Monday. American conductor Alan Curtis, who said he has been working on the opera for more than 10 years, will lead the Baroque Ensemble in the first performance since 1723 of "l'Ercole su'l Termodonte."
April 6, 2005 |
A female suicide bomber appears on a London stage and blows herself up along with the cast. The finale to the English National Opera's production of Richard Wagner's "Twilight of the Gods" is just the latest in a series of shock tactics by the company that brought pole dancing, gang rape and multiple stabbings to the sometimes staid world of opera. But the scene failed to impress critics long used to the company's radical productions.
June 24, 2006 |
Olga Borodina will no longer be singing at the Vienna State Opera, according to a statement by the company. The Russian diva, who has graced La Scala, Covent Garden, the Met, the Salzburg Festival and other famed operatic stages, was to make her Vienna State Opera debut this month as Isabella in Rossini's "L'Italiana in Algeria" ("The Italian in Algiers") -- one of her signature roles. But Agnes Baltsa is now singing the part.
January 8, 2014 |
The highest compliment I ever paid an editor was to say that she had changed the way I think about commas. That may not sound like much, but it was revolutionary to me. Commas, punctuation, good grammar -- these are precision tools, designed for clarity. If you're a writer, they're all you have. But no ... not only if you're a writer; they are also essential if you want to accurately express your thoughts. As Fiona Maazel observes in a terrific little essay for the Millions : “On the spectrum of world problems that need bemoaning, is bad grammar really one of them?