February 14, 1994
Norman Del Mar, 74, British conductor and author who focused on works of Sir Edward Elgar, Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss. Del Mar began his career as a horn player with the Royal Philharmonic and became an assistant to conductor Sir Thomas Beecham. He made his debut as a conductor in 1947. He led many foreign tours for the philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
September 25, 1999
Years ago in a production of Verdi's "Aida," the story goes, a nervous elephant relieved itself onstage, prompting conductor Sir Thomas Beecham to remark, "Gad, what a critic!" I never thought so much excrement would again be presented on the stage of a major opera house--that is, until the MTV Video Music Awards ("Opera House Turns Hip-Hop Stage for MTV Awards," by Elysa Gardner, Sept. 11). It was appalling when host Chris Rock began by exclaiming, "I may be the first black man in history to take the stage of the Met without a mop."
March 30, 1997 |
They say that Frederick Delius (1862-1934) is an acquired taste, and the British, so far, are mainly the ones who have acquired it, thanks largely to the efforts of conductor Thomas Beecham. The present disc goes down easy enough, though, and it has some claims on American interest.
March 1, 1992 |
MOZART: "Die Zauberflote." Tiana Lemnitz, Erna Berger, Helge Roswaenge, Gerhard Husch, Wilhelm Strienz, others; Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. Nimbus NI 7827/8. MOZART: "Die Zauberflote." Barbara Hendricks, June Anderson, Jerry Hadley, Thomas Allen, Robert Lloyd, others; Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras. Telarc CD 80302. MOZART: "Die Zauberflote."
November 25, 2013 |
With its show-business staging of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" as a cheekily animated silent movie, Los Angeles Opera on Saturday night got what it very much needs. That this will be a hit goes without saying. But what this once pioneering company really needs right now is a reason to be talked about again. So let's talk about Barrie Kosky, one of the hot directors on the international scene and, like most hot directors on the international scene, ignored in America. Not too many American opera companies dare hire directors who put buckets of excrement onstage, as Kosky did in a recent German production of Janácek's "From the House of the Dead.
June 19, 1990 |
More than a few orchestras in the last couple decades have discovered a particular equation: the addition of Gary Karr as soloist equals a sure-fire success almost regardless of what else goes on. Saturday night at St. Andrew's Auditorium, conductor Ami Porat hedged his bets, sandwiching the renowned double bassist's appearance with the Mozart Camerata between a Mozart overture and a Beethoven symphony.