Classical Music and Opera

Review: LA Opera’s ‘La Bohème’

September 24, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

In 2017, Opéra National de Paris set its “La Bohème” in a spacecraft and on the moon. (The production comes back in 2020.) LA Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel conducted. It was bold and exciting, and unlike any other “La Boheme” I’d seen. So when LA Opera scheduled the old warhorse as the opener of […]

CD Review: Manfred Honeck Conducts the PSO in Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony

August 28, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Manfred Honeck, the music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, can apparently read my mind and has been doing so for some time now. He seems to know what I want him and the PSO to record on the spectacular Fresh Series from Reference Recordings. For example, Honeck and the PSO have so far recorded […]

Pacific Opera Project’s ‘The Mikado’ opens Aug. 16

August 13, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

“The Mikado,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s most enduring work and one of Pacific Opera Project’s most popular productions, returns for three weekends of performances at the Highland Park Ebell Club Aug. 16 to 31. What could possibly make this production better than POP’s sold-out run in 2013? Food and wine of course! Table seating will be available […]

The Lyris Quartet and Cellist Cecilia Tsan perform Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major at Mt. Wilson Observatory

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

Friends who don’t live in LA often ask me why I live here. I tell them: the mountains, ocean and desert. In addition to those things, I usually talk about the culture, in particular the classical music culture. When people talk about LaLa land, making reference to the celebrity scene and the fluff, they’re not […]

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 […]