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The Royal Opera’s 2019/20 Season opens with Don Giovanni​​

The Royal Opera’s 2019/20 Season opens with Don Giovanni​​

Erwin Schrott returns to The Royal Opera as the seductive Don Giovanni! Kasper Holten’s visually striking production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni opens The Royal Opera’s 2019/20 Season, returning for its third revival since its 2014 premiere. Featuring a spectacular set designed by the award-winning Es Devlin, ingenious video designs by Luke Hall and beautiful costumes by Anja Vang Kragh the production accentuates the […]

Wallis Annenberg- SISTERS IN LAW  Starring  Tovah Feldshuh &  Stephanie Faracy

Wallis Annenberg- SISTERS IN LAW Starring Tovah Feldshuh & Stephanie Faracy

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, In Association with Elizabeth Weber, Dale Franzen and Don Franzen Presents the West Coast Premiere of SISTERS IN LAW Starring Tovah Feldshuh as Ruth Bader Ginsburg ​ &  Stephanie Faracy  as Sandra Day O’Connor. Wednesday, September 18 through Sunday, October 13, 2019. Single Tickets Now Available. ​The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, in association with Elizabeth […]

Aug 2nd-Free lunchtime performance at the Royal Opera House.

Aug 2nd-Free lunchtime performance at the Royal Opera House.

Homeless charity Streetwise Opera present Bizet’s much-loved opera Carmen with a free lunchtime performance at the Royal Opera House. The Royal Opera House and award-winning performing arts charity Streetwise Opera are delighted to announce a lunchtime performance at the in the Paul Hamlyn Hall Friday 2 August 2019. The free lunchtime performance entitled Carmen: Frailty, fire and freedom is the result of a seven-week residency currently taking place at […]

Geffen Playhouse – Mysterious Circumstances

Geffen Playhouse – Mysterious Circumstances

This Season has been really terrific at the Geffen Playhouse with hit after hit. “Mysterious Circumstances: The Strange Death of a Sherlock Holmes Fanatic” is very well written and performed. For the mystery buff, this is an excellent evening of drama and intrigue. Playing now through July 21, 2019. Written by Michael Mitnick Inspired by The New […]

Review: Audiences in love with Felder!

Review: Audiences in love with Felder!

The Wallis Annenberg Center present Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story – due to popular demand already extended through Jun 16. This production is the latest work in Felder’s critically acclaimed “Great Composer Series” of one-man shows. The last one I saw was Ludwig van Beethoven and he was brilliant! Felder is a great actor, musician− an aficionado of the classic composers bringing them alive to audiences worldwide. Felder asks, “This idea−where do things come from and how they actually […]

Review: LA Opera’s El Gato Montés

Review: LA Opera’s El Gato Montés

WATCH VIDEO Placido Domingo and LA Opera bring a passionate Spanish opera-zarzuela to Los Angeles audiences with El Gato Montés from a relatively unknown composer. Domingo said this piece was special to him because it takes him back to his childhood where he grew up behind the scenes of his parents’ zarzuela company. Remembering the striking beauty of El Gato, Montes he always knew he wanted to bring it to Los Angeles audiences. Thankfully, he did to our buena suerte – because it is a truly important cultural piece not to be missed. Domingo played the tenor role of Rafael Ruizi at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville on August 7, 1992, and he was […]

Review: The Royal Ballet present Romeo and Juliet

Review: The Royal Ballet present Romeo and Juliet

  (This video short documentary on MacMillian’s “Romeo and Juliet” brings much apposite historical information. Knowing this will enhance the viewer’s appreciation of this ballet). Watch Here Review: The Royal Ballet present Romeo and Juliet, Kenneth MacMillian’s masterpiece. There is no better place to see the classic Romeo & Juliet than in Shakespeare’s own birth country –England. On my recent trip to London, I caught […]

Royal Opera’s Faust with Fabiano is fabulous!

Royal Opera’s Faust with Fabiano is fabulous!

A scene from Faust by Gounod @ Royal Opera House. Directed by David McVicar. Conductor, Dan Ettinger. (Opening 11-04-19) WATCH TRAILER   London audiences on fire! Spring is a great time to travel with nice weather and less tourists than summer. London is an amazing getaway (although it was a bit freezing in early May) […]

Review: The Geffen Playhouse – The Niceties

Review: The Geffen Playhouse – The Niceties

The west coast premiere of THE NICETIES at Geffen Playhouse is excruciatingly intellectual ── an apotheosis of the American political divide. It is a mesmeric scrutiny of two opposing perspectives on matters of race and inequality in America ── a searing truth that makes us take notice at what happens when we don’t listen to each other. It forces you to examine yourself and those from different walks of life with new eyes and ears. Playwright, Eleanor Burgess delves into murky water with these two strong invincible female leads. Written with the pen strokes of […]

Callas in Concert: The Hologram Tour

Callas in Concert: The Hologram Tour

The opera-actor-fashion icon diva resurrected on stage was unbelievably real! If you have never seen a Hologram concert, it is a must see “bucket list.” I attended the Callas in Concert: The Hologram Tour presented for one night only in association with the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and it was phenomenal. Your mind […]

Malpaso Dance Company at the Wallis Annenberg

Malpaso Dance Company at the Wallis Annenberg

On Friday, March 29th, I attended the performance of the Malpaso Dance Company at the Wallis Annenberg in Beverly Hills. One of Cuba’s hottest dance companies, this is the second time the dance company has appeared in Los Angeles, following its debut in 2017. I expected the Cuban musical sounds we Americans have come to […]

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Kahane on Mozart”

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Kahane on Mozart”

I attended the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Kahane on Mozart” with the commission of James Newton Howard’s Cello Concerto at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus in Westwood, California. It was a dynamic and exciting musical evening led by conductor  laureate Jeffrey Kahane. Kahane opens the evening with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14. Superbly conducting from the piano, Kahane plays the […]

Review: LA Phil — Yuja Wang plays the hell out of the piano.

Review: LA Phil — Yuja Wang plays the hell out of the piano.

  John Adam’s “Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?” his third piano concerto, was composed for Yuja Wang and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Led by maestro Gustav Dudamel it was a star studded evening  — Adams, Dudamel, Wang, Mahler and oh yes, Frank Gehry was acknowledged in the audience. The concerto is in one continuous movement, about thirty minutes long and the three seamlessly connected sections follow the traditional fast-slow-fast format, with the piano soloist active throughout. The piano and orchestra begin in the bass register, […]

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s program of Transir for flute by Matthias Pintscher and Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth) by Gustav Mahler was a powerful curation of two musical compositions. Both composers are known for taking risks and making bold choices – ushering in new sounds for orchestras. In a pre-concert talk flutist Henrik Heide said that both composers are detailed about phrasing, […]

LA Opera’s “The Clemency of Titus” is another terrific production!

LA Opera’s “The Clemency of Titus” is another terrific production!

Plácido Domingo has announced the latest details about LA Opera’s company premiere of Mozart’s The Clemency of Titus. Opening Night was a spectacular presentation of Mozart’s last opera about forgiveness. Mattie Ullrich produced rich and beautiful costumes. Director/Scenery Designer by Thaddeus Strassberger was gorgeous! Of course maestro James Conlon with his deep understanding of the music […]