Posts Tagged ‘ featured ’

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: 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 [...]

Review: Long Beach Opera’s ‘The Black Cat’

January 23, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

One of the most exciting cultural institutions in the LA area is, without a doubt, Long Beach Opera. With Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek at the helm, Long Beach Opera has become known for producing fresh, genre-defying, highly artistic and inventive operas like “Frida Kahlo” (read our review), “The Invention of Morel” (read our [...]

Review: LA Opera’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’

November 27, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

LA Opera serves up a special treat to start the holiday season with “Hansel and Gretel,” onstage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through Dec. 15. Take your children to see this magical opera. It’s a perfect introduction to the genre, and if you go on Domingo Family Day (Dec. 9), the kids will have even [...]

Review: ‘The Woman in Black’ at the Pasadena Playhouse

October 20, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

On opening night for “The Woman in Black” at the Pasadena Playhouse, a full house was laughing out loud, especially early on. Later, they were jumping in their seats, gasping and screaming. The play, which entertained more than 8 million people over 28 years (making it London’s second longest-running West End play), has come to [...]

Review: LA Opera opens season with ‘Don Carlo’ and Plácido Domingo

October 1, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

LA Opera opened its 2018-19 season in grand style with Don Carlo, Verdi’s most ambitious opera. A complex drama about conflict among family, nations and religions with forbidden love at its center, Don Carlo, as Music Director James Conlon has said, “claims its place as perhaps the greatest and most enduring grand opéra of them [...]

Hilary Hahn in Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Season Opener

September 12, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn will make her only LA appearance this year in Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s season-opening concert. And equally big news: College students can see the concert for the equivalent of a dollar when they buy an All Access Pass.
Hilary Hahn
Hahn will perform Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins and Violin Concerto in [...]

Review: Echo Theater Company Presents Daniel Talbott’s ‘What Happened When’

August 13, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

I had just read Gillian Flynn’s “Sharp Objects” and watched John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place,” and I had the appetite for something equally dark and intense. I got it with the Echo Theater Company’s production of Daniel Talbott’s “What Happened When,” directed by Chris Fields.
I arrived at the Atwater Village Theatre early. It’s in a [...]

O’Neill’s ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ with Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville at the Wallis

June 5, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills presents the Bristol Old Vic’s award-winning production of Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” directed by Sir Richard Eyre and starring Oscar winner Jeremy Irons (“Brideshead Revisited,” “Reversal of Fortune,” “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”) opposite Olivier winner Lesley Manville (“Another Year,” “Harlots,” and “Phantom [...]

Review: Antaeus Presents ‘Native Son’

May 10, 2018 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

W.E.B. Du Bois, the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard, stated that “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line.” And in few instances is that line more dramatically drawn than in Native Son, Richard Wright’s harrowing 1940 novel about the plight of a young black man [...]