Big staffing announcements (plural!) at LA Opera

After 14 years, this is Grant Gershon’s last season at LA Opera. With Conlon’s contract extended and a new baton-wielder from Columbia taking over as Resident Conductor, there are big changes afoot. No announcement yet as to who will take over as chorusmaster, a role which Mr. Gershon also holds through this 2021-22 season. But … Read more

LA Opera announces 2018-19 season

  LA Opera has announced its lineup for next season, and it looks like a significant upgrade from the relatively safe fare they’ve been offering the last couple of years.  There are some safe bets, with the requisite hefty dose of artistic director Plácido Domingo in two of the six mainstage productions, as well and the … Read more

The “Season season” has begun with LA Opera: Let the announcements begin!

Let the season announcements begin! LA Opera is one of the first to ante up with their offerings for the 2016-17 season. The upcoming season constitutes a significant uptick in adventure in some ways, as we’re currently in the middle of a fairly safe, if enjoyable, “greatest hits” run (with the exception of the excellent Moby-Dick, of course). The … Read more

The grand and the different

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights This week, the Southland offers operatic oddities and big congratulations: TERRY KNOWLES will be feted at the annual gala for the LA MASTER CHORALE this weekend – the luxe event is Sunday night, 3/1, and we at the List offer our kudos … Read more

Thoughts untweeted: LA Opera, ‘Ghosts of Versailles’

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is a big place.  So big, in fact, that it’s sometimes hard to chase an Internet connection while we’re there.  (Most people, luckily, don’t have to worry about this — just the faithful few in the “tweet seats”. And the people running the show, of course.) As connectivity problems at last evening’s … Read more

’20s ‘Trav’ gets another luscious run at LA Opera

It sounds like another modernization gimmick:  set La Traviata, one of Verdi’s most celebrated and beloved operas, in the 1920s?  Pourquoi?  But listening to director and production designer Marta Domingo and the cast talk about the show, it’s clear that the period was carefully chosen, with strong reasoning behind both selection and execution.  After the … Read more

CCMN: About time

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights     This week, let’s try a new way of organizing things, starting with the ton of choral music going on all over SoCal.  Just pick your favorite era and click away: Baroque Bach rules!  Lent is the perfect time to enjoy … 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

Rats! (The best part!)

On Wednesday night, LA Opera held the final dress rehearsal for Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella). With maestro James Conlon at the helm, the orchestra played magnificently, laying the the groundwork for the cast to shine. The production, originally from Houston Grand Opera, is relatively low-budget, but it works. There are tons of little surprises throughout, … Read more

Bravo, Dutchman!

Congrats to the cast, crew and esp the orchestra of tonight’s dress for Wagner’s Flying Dutchman at LA Opera.  After all the buzz, we (the Tweet Seaters*) didn’t know what to expect from this very modernistic production (reminiscent of ‘Metropolis‘, Fritz Lang‘s iconic film from the 1920s), but truly enjoyed the result!  The orchestral players … Read more

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