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Review: LA Opera’s ‘La Traviata’

LA Opera’s season-ending party was a blast. Director and Designer Marta Domingo’s production (also seen in 2006 and 2014) of Verdi’s “La Traviata” places the action of the 1853 opera in the roaring 1920s, an era of excess that perfectly fits the story of Violetta, “the woman led astray.”
In the beginning, a gorgeous 1920s Rolls [...]

Concerts at Mt. Wilson Observatory

Mount Wilson Observatory — the scientific marvel above Pasadena, atop Mount Wilson — is hosting a six-month series of Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome on the first Sunday of each month through October. The concerts, thoughtfully curated by Artistic Director Cécilia Tsan, are presented inside the iconic vaulted dome of the 100-inch telescope.
The June 2 concert program [...]

Review: LA Opera’s ‘El Gato Montés’

LA Opera’s 1994 production of Manuel Penella’s “El Gato Montés” starred Plácido Domingo as the bullfighter. In the 2019 production, he’s the titular Wildcat, taking on the darker character in the love triangle. Who would have guessed 25 years had passed when Domingo walked out on stage this month? In the spotlight against a pitch-black [...]

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Review: Royal Ballet, Company Wayne McGregor and Thomas Adès at the Music Center

London’s Royal Ballet culminated its two-week residency at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with an explosive program of premieres. The first weekend of its stay brought a re-mounting of the 1978 “Mayerling,” choreographed by previous Royal Ballet Director and, later, Resident Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. This past weekend unveiled a collaborative project with Her Majesty The Queen’s [...]

Review: ‘Mysterious Circumstances’ at the Geffen Playhouse

David Grann, a journalist who writes nonfiction that reads like fiction, has written compelling books about a British explorer who disappeared in the Amazon looking for a lost ancient city and the Osage Indian murders that led to the creation of the FBI. In December 2004, he published an article in The New Yorker called [...]

The Royal Ballet at The Music Center with Thomas Adès and Company Wayne McGregor

After a 24-year absence from Los Angeles, Great Britain’s most prestigious ballet company, The Royal Ballet, returns to The Music Center for two back-to-back weekends this July at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. From July 5–7, The Royal Ballet performs its masterpiece, Mayerling, a three-act work depicting scandal and murder in the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian Empire. The [...]

Free fun with The Music Center and Grand Park

Hot fun in the summertime begins in June as The Music Center presents Grand Park’s 2019 summer season of free outdoor activities and events offered throughout the 12-acre “park for everyone.” The free fun kicks off with returning favorites, including The Music Center’s popular Dance DTLA on Friday nights and local House music concerts during Grand Park Sunday [...]

Sigrid Gilmer’s ‘Mama Metal’ from IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre

Sigrid Gilmer’s “Mama Metal” is a surreal take on the “mama drama,” the two most famous of which, Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” figure in this new play. Gilmer’s Humanitas-developed meta-theatrical comedy received its world premiere at the Atwater Village Theatre in May and continues through June 23.
O’Neill [...]

LA Phil New Music Group and Yuval Sharon Re-Imagine Meredith Monk’s opera ‘Atlas’

MacArthur Genius Grant winner Yuval Sharon concludes his three-year collaborative residency at the Los Angeles Philharmonic with the West Coast premiere of Meredith Monk’s landmark composition, “Atlas: an opera in three parts.” Taking place Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, June 11, 12 and 14, at 8 p.m., the production is presented at the prestigious Disney Hall.
The [...]

Numi Opera enters the scene with ‘Der Zwerg’

Bravo (on a number of counts) to Numi Opera for their inaugural production of Alexander Zemlinsky’s “Der Zwerg” on May 30 and June 2.
First, Founder and Executive Director Gail Gordon has introduced to Los Angeles another arts organization devoted to opera.
Second, as Gordon noted in the program, Numi Opera has a special mission: “to rediscover [...]

The Wooden Floor’s ‘Of Knowing Where’

Presenting its 36th annual end of the school year concert, Santa Ana’s The Wooden Floor brings nationally recognized choreographers’ collaborations with under-served youth to the  Irvine Barclay Theatre for four shows this weekend. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 30-June 1, “Of Knowing Where” includes dances created and performed by the young people under the [...]

Review: Dudamel Conducts Beethoven and Haydn with Lang Lang

On May 17, the LA Phil, conducted by Dudamel and joined by five well-known pianists, embarked on a week-long series of concerts featuring the five piano concertos by Beethoven.
Sunday’s concert, surprisingly, was a very classical one, including Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Op. 84, Haydn’s Symphony, No. 104 in D major, H. 104, “London,” and Beethoven’s Piano [...]

Santa Monica Symphony closes season with Verdi, Rachmaninov and Brahms

The Santa Monica Symphony shines a spotlight on emerging talent in the final concert of its 74th season. The winner of the Symphony’s 2019 Piano Concerto Competition, Nicholas Méndez Del Valle, will be performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
The program will open with Verdi’s compelling Overture to “La Forza del Destino” and close with Brahms’ [...]