Classical Music and Opera

Review: LA Opera’s ‘El Gato Montés’

May 13, 2019 | By | 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 | 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 […]



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

May 9, 2019 | By | 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 | 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 […]



Review: Salonen Conducts the Pines of Rome

April 29, 2019 | By | 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 | 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 […]



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

April 9, 2019 | By | 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 […]



Review: Cameron Carpenter plays Bach at Disney Hall

April 8, 2019 | By | 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 […]



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

March 6, 2019 | By | 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 […]



Review: Dudamel Conducts Mahler’s Ninth

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

This past weekend, Gustavo Dudamel undertook the Herculean task of conducting Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 in D major four times! It was Herculean not only because the running time for the symphony is approximately 90 minutes, but also because of the immense physical, intellectual and emotional demands on the conductor, not to mention the […]