Classical Music and Opera

Review: ‘Carmen’ With Ana María Martínez at LA Opera

September 18, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The twists of fate can be cruel for artists. Too often, they only gain renown years, sometimes centuries, after toiling their lives away in relative obscurity. Such is the case with Georges Bizet. With Carmen selling out at LA Opera and adding performances, and another of his operas, The Pearl Fishers, coming later this fall, [...]



CD Review: Honeck and the PSO Deliver Deeply Moving Performances of Shostakovich and Barber

September 6, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continue their Pittsburgh Live! series with another astounding performance of two more popular works: the Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dimitri Shostakovich and the Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber. But as they have done with other popular works he and the PSO have [...]



Opera Buffs Present ‘Carmen in Concert’ at Colburn School’s Zipper Hall

August 15, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Opera Buffs present Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen,” in concert form, on Sunday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Four illustrious Opera Buffs alumni will perform leading roles: sopranos Kelley O’Connor (Carmen) and Vanessa Vasquez (Micäela), tenor Charles Castronovo (Don José), and bass-baritone Rod Gilfry (Escamillo). Remaining [...]



Review: Long Beach Opera Presents Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s ‘Frida’ at the Museum of Latin American Art

June 28, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Art and Museums, Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

Bravo to Long Beach Opera for their summer production of Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s “Frida,” which ended June 25. An opera as colorful as artist Frida Kahlo’s life and work, “Frida” explores the passion and pain and beauty of an important  artist. It was made all the more magical being set in the Museum of Latin [...]



Review: Los Angeles Master Chorale Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Morten Lauridsen’s ‘Lux Aeterna’

June 27, 2017 | By Theodore Bell | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Los Angeles Master Chorale deservedly was on proud display at Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 22, celebrating a musical family reunion of sorts honoring Morten Lauridsen and the 20th anniversary of his 1997 masterpiece Lux Aeterna. Thursday’s performance was technically an encore to the regular season, as this special gala also ended the [...]



Long Beach Opera Presents ‘Frida’

June 16, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Long Beach Opera (LBO) will present five outdoor performances of the highly anticipated Southern California premiere of Frida on June 17, 18, 24 and 25 at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach and on June 23 at Grand Performances in downtown LA. The opera celebrates the renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, her [...]



Cliburn Conversations and Tidbits

June 13, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, held at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, ended June 10. What a whirlwind for the competitors and the audience between May 25 and then!
Thirty pianists performed recitals in the preliminary round, 20 performed recitals in the quarterfinals, 12 performed recitals and Mozart concertos with the Fort [...]



The Cliburn Announces the Winners

June 10, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Cliburn just announced the winners of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which took place May 25 to June 10, 2017, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. The awards ceremony was held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 10.
And the winners are:
Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal and Van [...]



The Cliburn: Last Day of the Final Found

June 10, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

June 10: Day four (the last) of the final round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Rachel Cheung, Georgy Tchaidze and Daniel Hsu

The last three concertos on the final day of the 15th Cliburn International Piano Competition just finished.
Rachel Cheung
The first performance of the day was by 25-year-old Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong who [...]



The Cliburn: Day Three of the Final Round

June 10, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

June 9: Day three of the final round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Yuri Favorin, Kenneth Broberg and Yekwon Sunwoo

Beginning on Friday night, three of the six finalists in the 15th International Cliburn Piano Competition performed some of the biggest warhorses in the piano concerto repertoire accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony [...]