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Review: LA Opera’s ‘El Gato Montés’

May 13, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

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 [...]



Santa Monica Symphony closes season with Verdi, Rachmaninov and Brahms

May 9, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

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’ [...]



Numi Opera inaugural season opens with Zemlinsky’s ‘Der Zwerg’

May 9, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Numi Opera and its inaugural production — Alexander Von Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg based on a story by Oscar Wilde — is announced. Directed by Numi Opera Executive Director Gail R. Gordon with musical direction by Christopher Luthi, the rarely performed opera will have two performances on Thursday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 2, at [...]



Discount tickets to Philharmonic Society of Orange County concert with Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis and Jeremy Denk

May 7, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is offering Culture Spot LA readers a discount on tickets to its Thursday, May 9, concert featuring Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis and Jeremy Denk.
20% OFF TICKETS TO
Joshua Bell-Steven Isserlis-Jeremy Denk
THURSDAY | MAY 9, 2019 | 8 P.M.
Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
A musical dream [...]



Review: Pacific Opera Project’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ at the Aratani Theatre

April 9, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The libretto for Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” is in Italian, but the characters are American and Japanese. What if, Pacific Opera Project asked, we rewrote this opera in English and Japanese? Sounds amazing, right? … Well, it is!
On April 6, Pacific Opera Project and its inspired artistic director Josh Shaw premiered an English and Japanese “Madama [...]



Review: Open Fist Theatre Company’s ‘What Matters Now?/! (Another Political Pop-Up of the Theatrical Kind)’

March 28, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

You would not be unusual if the 24-hour news cycle over the past year made you want to hide your head in the sand. The craziness of the political and social climate in our nation can often get hard to bear. But Open Fist Theatre Company’s latest production at the Atwater Village Theatre, “What Matters [...]



Open Fist Theatre Company presents ‘What Matters Now?/!’

March 22, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

Open Fist Theatre Company and Artistic Director Martha Demson have created a relaxed speakeasy setting for their latest show at the Atwater Village Theatre. “What Matters Now?/! (Another Political Pop-Up of the Theatrical Kind)” brings to the stage works by 11 playwrights from around the country who have something to say about our nation’s social [...]



Review: Mozart’s ‘The Clemency of Titus’ at LA Opera

March 6, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Though commissioned to celebrate the coronation of Leopold II in Prague in 1791, and based on Titus Flavius Vespasianus who became emperor of Rome in 79 A.D., Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” speaks to our current state of affairs. The opera champions a merciful ruler who demonstrates love and forgiveness for a young patrician (and [...]



Pacific Opera Project starts 2019 with ‘The Magic Flute’

February 20, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Pacific Opera Project opens its 2019 season with Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” as you’ve never seen it before — set in classic video games from the early 1980s — in a return to the El Portal Theatre. Performances take place on March 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10, including two Sunday matinees. The “super” production [...]



Review: Long Beach Opera’s ‘The Black Cat’

January 23, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

One of the most exciting cultural institutions in the LA area is, without a doubt, Long Beach Opera. With Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek at the helm, Long Beach Opera has become known for producing fresh, genre-defying, highly artistic and inventive operas like “Frida Kahlo” (read our review), “The Invention of Morel” (read our [...]