New seasons announced for Hollywood Bowl and LA Opera

Two recently announced season schedules in SoCal are causing some stir: LA Opera‘s 2015-16 season will start with a double bill featuring Placido Domingo singing the title role in the Woody Allen-directed Gianni Schicchi and conducting Pagliacci, with productions drawn raves in previous seasons.  While the star power a doppio seems a good start, reception of … Read more

Minimalist staging gives LA Opera’s double bill maximum impact

by Natalie Mann Society has long been hooked by the adage, “out with the old and in with the new.”  LA Opera’s newest double bill of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle shows the error of that thought. Australian director Barrie Kosky’s vision teases out the parallels in these two dramas, separated … Read more

LAO ist ein Berliner… And life is sweet

A fond little hat-tip to JFK seems appropos this week, and Los Angeles Opera gives us a dubious opportunity to crack wise, as well as a glorious opp to cheer, with the German-born production of The Magic Flute that debuts this weekend.  Here’s the nutshell version: get your butt in a seat. This version of … Read more

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