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  • Critics from national (read: Eastern) press were MIA from L.A.'s `Ring' cycle

     
    If a new American "Ring" cycle rises in the Wagnerian forest and critics for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the Associated Press all but ignore it, did it make a sound? Culture Monster suspects those......
  • L.A. Opera hiring despite continued financial difficulties

     
    Its financial footing is still shaky and the overall donor environment remains soft, but Los Angeles Opera apparently feels confident enough to add a new name to its roster of top leaders. According to a hiring notice that is circulating......
  • 'Ring' cycle parodies thrive on YouTube

     
    Hey, Richard Wagner -- why so serious? The 19th century German composer of "The Ring of the Nibelung" wasn't known for his sense of humor. His long, serious operas barely crack a smile while tackling such singularly un-funny subjects as......
  • Pasadena Playhouse begins hosting performing arts events, but recovery still uncertain

     
    The Pasadena Playhouse said Monday that it will host three performing arts events in the coming weeks, marking the first time that the company's mainstage will see activity since budgetary woes forced it to go dark in February. But the......
  • Thor and more: Richard Wagner's influence on superheros

     
    The roots of Thor and many other comic book figures stretch back to Wagner's epic and earlier. Look, up in the sky! In case you haven't noticed already, our entertainment stratosphere has grown crowded with muscle-bound superheroes in almost every...
  • 'Ring' technicians prepare for the final catastrophe

    'Ring' technicians prepare for the final catastrophe
    It goes by many names: Armageddon, the apocalypse, Ragnarok, the End of the World. In show business, it's sometimes referred to as the money shot — the climactic scene in which directors unleash a tidal wave of visual effects to conjure the mother...
  • Gone are the horned helmets in Wagner’s ‘Ring,’ but are new ways always better?

    Gone are the horned helmets in Wagner’s ‘Ring,’ but are new ways always better?
    The horned helmet — usually sitting on the head of a zaftig soprano — is the universal symbol of Richard Wagner's "The Ring of the Nibelung." But like Shakespearean tights and codpieces, it's a visual cliché that fell out of currency decades...
  • Richard Wagner's 'Ring Cycle'

    Richard Wagner's 'Ring Cycle'
    Los Angeles Opera's "Ring Cycle" clocks in at nearly 19 hours (with intermissions). That's not only a lot of Richard Wagner's music but plenty of love greed, incest and murder. Here, for the uninitiated, is a summary of the four operas. -----------------...
  • Critic's Notebook: L.A. gets an in-depth look at complex and contradictory Wagner

    Critic's Notebook: L.A. gets an in-depth look at complex and contradictory Wagner
    By now you've probably gathered that Richard Wagner was opera's great maker of epics, with the singular ability to rouse emotions, amass followers and incite enmity. He was mythmaker, and he was mythologized. His operas are massive pageants of humanity,...
  • Summer Concerts 2010: Classical and World Music

    Summer Concerts 2010: Classical and World Music
    Sundays Sundays Live at LACMA: Weekly one-hour classical chamber music concerts and recitals by soloists and ensembles. This series has been running since 1948. Bing Theater, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 6 p.m. Free. http:/...
  • L.A.'s German accent

    L.A.'s German accent
    At one time, Los Angeles was Weimar on the Pacific: Numerous German-speaking émigrés put their stamp on the city to which they'd fled. What with directors such as Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch, writers such as Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht, and...
  • Los Angeles Opera's 'Ring' ends with a deficit but potential new patrons

    Los Angeles Opera's 'Ring' ends with a deficit but potential new patrons
    For better and for worse, the $31-million Los Angeles "Ring" turned out to be a "Ring" for Los Angeles rather than a "Ring" for the world. The worst of it, for Los Angeles Opera, is a $5.96-million deficit resulting mainly from slack demand for expensive...