Review: LAO dances their way into a Bach masterwork

With the help of the Hamburg Ballet and their venerable US-born choreographer John Neumeier, our own LA Opera opened a run of J.S. Bach’s ‘St. Matthew Passion’ last Saturday, to powerful effect. Background The Bach oratorio is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest masterpieces of Western sacred music, a dramatic Baroque gem that defied … Read more

Operalia back in town this weekend

For its 22nd year, the self-proclaimed “most prestigious opera competition in the world”,  the Operalia competition returns to Los Angeles for the third time.  The competition moves from city to city each year (17 so far, in 12 different countries), and only two locales have hosted the event this many times — the other is … Read more

LA Opera about town

Yesterday was a big day for Los Angeles Opera.  With a Dulce Rosa dress rehearsal in Santa Monica and a Tosca dress at the Music Center, the company was plenty busy.  Placido Domingo is conducting both productions, and several of the chorus members are in both, as well.  As luck would have it, we were … Read more

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