Classical Music and Opera

Review: Dudamel Conducts Beethoven and Haydn with Lang Lang

May 21, 2019 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

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 [...]



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: Salonen Conducts the Pines of Rome

April 29, 2019 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

LA Phil’s Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Solenen was still in town this past weekend from his two-week Stravinsky extravaganza to conduct another series of concerts featuring 20th-century works, including Ibéria by Debussy, Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand (with Igor Levit as soloist), Esa (In cauda V) by Franco Donatoni and The Pines of Rome by [...]



Review: Salonen conducts Stravinsky

April 15, 2019 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Saturday night, Esa-Pekka Salonen returned (did he ever really leave?) to Southern California to conduct his old band in three works by Stravinsky: Funeral Song, Agon and The Rite of Spring.
In fact, Salonen is in town for several weeks conducting the LA Phil. Over two weeks, he will conduct all Stravinsky programs. On Saturday, [...]



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: Cameron Carpenter plays Bach at Disney Hall

April 8, 2019 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Sunday night the American organist Cameron Carpenter wowed and dazzled what one organ series subscriber called the largest crowd she had ever seen for an organ recital in Walt Disney Concert Hall. Carpenter obviously has a following.
Carpenter most recently played in WDCH this past November when he performed the Concerto for Organ and Orchestra [...]



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 [...]