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Review: LA Opera’s ‘Salome’ With Soprano Patricia Racette

LA Opera delivers a creepy valentine this month with Richard Strauss’ “Salome.” Of course, creepy can be good in the right hands. (Think “Fatal Attraction.”) And in the hands of Strauss and Oscar Wilde, from whose play the composer got his libretto, we get an intense, sometimes unsettling and still  (c’mon, a little bit?) shocking [...]

Review: Dudamel Conducts LA Phil with Lisa Batiashvili

On Saturday night, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the LA Phil in works by three Russian-born composers, (K)ein Sommernachtstraum by Alfred Schnittke; the Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 by Tchaikovsky, with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist; and Selections from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev. Not only were all three composers Russian, but they all wrote music [...]

Review: ‘The Last Vig’ at the Zephyr Theatre

“The Last Vig” has an intriguing premise: How does an aging, faded Italian mob boss cope with the changes modern society hath wrought? Applied to this premise in the lead role at the Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood is the familiar and respected character actor Burt Young, known for his work in such films as [...]

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Review: Pacific Opera Project’s ‘The Elixir of Love’

Call me a reactionary, but I love Donizetti operas. While he composed nearly 70 operas in a variety of genres, he is best known for his comic operas. In this genre, both in music and story, it seems his only aim is to entertain. He mixes lighthearted banter with broad comic bravado and just a [...]

Jonah Bokaer’s ‘Rules of the Game’ at UCLA’s Royce Hall

The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA brings high-profile dance and theater productions to its campus. This week, for only one performance on Friday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m., Royce Hall will host the West Coast premiere of Jonah Bokaer’s collaborative project, “Rules of the Game.”
Working with eight dancers, scenic designer Daniel Arsham [...]

Review: LA Opera’s ‘Abduction From the Seraglio’

When Wolfgang Mozart was born in 1756, there would still have been many old-timers who remembered the great siege of Vienna by Ottoman Turkish hordes in 1683. While the threat of Muslim aggression grew ever less worrisome with succeeding years, Mozart, like most Europeans, remained fascinated by the strange, impenetrable world of the sultans in [...]

Meg Stuart Comes to REDCAT with ‘Hunter’

The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) continues to bring new and noteworthy, cutting-edge contemporary performance work to its theater below Disney Hall. This weekend, for only three performances Thursday through Saturday, January 26-28, at 8:30 p.m., it will present “Hunter,” a highly acclaimed solo dance theater production choreographed and performed by Brussels/Berlin-based American Meg [...]

Free Tickets to Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

Theatre Raymond Kabbaz presents LA-based composer/conductor Derrick Spiva, Jr. and Bridge to Everywhere, a 16-piece ensemble dedicated to performing music by composers who celebrate cultural diversity through interwoven musical traditions, on Friday, Jan. 20.
“Music Without Borders” features five world premieres of original works by Spiva, all inspired by traditional music from Ghana, India, Mexico, Eastern [...]

Free Tickets to Los Angeles Master Chorale

The Los Angeles Master Chorale will present its first performances of Beethoven’s powerful Missa solemnis in 13 years on its own concert series on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Heralded as a pillar of the choral and orchestral repertoire, the work is considered [...]

Music Review: Russian Legends at Le Salon de Musiques

Now in its seventh season, Le Salon de Musiques, the vision of François Chouchan, continues to fascinate LA audiences with the “Masters Rediscovered” series. This concert, the fourth of the season on Jan. 8, was all Russian, focusing mostly on the “Moscow School” as defined by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and his musical disciples at the Moscow [...]

L.A. Dance Project’s Own Homecoming

Though it spends much of its time on the road, the L.A. Dance Project stayed home for the Dec. 9-10 weekend and shared its latest batch of choreographies with local audiences at the Theater at the Ace Hotel downtown. This scrumptious, intricately restored Spanish Gothic-style theater was built in 1927 for silent movie stars Mary [...]

Review: Bernstein’s ‘Wonderful Town’ at LA Opera

Watching Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town, I couldn’t help thinking about Saul Steinberg’s famous 1976 cover for The New Yorker, “View of the World from 9th Avenue.” Taking up the lower two-thirds of the page are the streets and buildings of the West Side of Manhattan. Across the Hudson River to the West is a small, [...]

Free Tickets to Solomon: King, Poet & Lover – A Tale of One Man & 700 Wives

“Solomon: King, Poet & Lover” is a hilarious Biblical comedy about one man and 700 wives. The solo show is performed by Marcus J. Freed, who takes you on a funny and fast-paced rollercoaster ride through the life of King Solomon. We meet Solomon as he tries to open the Temple, publish astonishing books of [...]