Classical Music and Opera

Free Tickets to Concerts at Mt. Wilson Observatory

July 29, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The next event in the Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome at the Mount Wilson Observatory will be Sunday, Aug. 4, and feature Schubert’s String Quintet in C major performed by the Lyris Quartet featuring Alyssa Park and Shalini Vijayan, violins, Luke Maurer, viola, Timothy Loo, cello, and Cécilia Tsan, cello. The concerts (same program at 3 and 5 p.m.) are one […]

Review: Aristeia Trio at the Music Guild’s Summerfest 2019

July 26, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Music Guild has introduced some of the world’s finest chamber ensembles to Los Angeles audiences over many years since 1945. Executive Director Eugene Golden has tapped the wealth of extraordinarily talented musicians from the area for this year’s Summerfest 2019 series. The Aristeia Trio is a good example — all USC Thornton School of […]

Review: LA Opera’s ‘La Traviata’

June 18, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

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 […]

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

June 10, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Theater and Dance

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. […]

Numi Opera enters the scene with ‘Der Zwerg’

June 5, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

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: […]

Concerts at Mt. Wilson Observatory

May 31, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

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 […]

Review: Dudamel Conducts Beethoven and Haydn with Lang Lang

May 21, 2019 | By | 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 […]

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 […]