| Nov 24, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Can a serious, lengthy, topical piece of contemporary music make an impact beyond the classical music scene and possibly change the world a little bit in doing so? That's what happened with Benjamin Britten's unorthodox "War Requiem," which scored an...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Los Angeles finally has its first new "Falstaff" in decades. We're not alone.
Verdi's last opera, for some of us the finest comic opera and finest Shakespearean opera of all, a marvel of transcendent late style, is an obviously enticing way to end the...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 6:30 AM
James Conlon had an increasingly perplexed expression on his face as he looked through a messy pile of books and manuscripts at his office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The conductor was searching for an essay he had written on composer Benjamin...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 2:15 PM
Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday celebration resumes in Southern California this weekend with the three-day Italian Opera Festival at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo.
The composer's birthday was Oct. 10. On Saturday, the festival at...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 7:30 AM
That may not be a sigh of relief in all quarters, but you could almost hear one Saturday night at the Dorothy Chandler. Los Angeles Opera General Director Plácido Domingo was in the pit to conduct the season opening on this first night of...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 9:15 AM
The fall music season will begin with dissent. Petitions have been circulated calling for companies that employ Russian artists, such as the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera, to protest Russian President Vladimir Putin's human rights policies,...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 1:50 PM
On the elegant, manicured lawns of Ravinia, the Women's Board presented its annual black-tie gala July 27 with more than 800 guests in attendance. The evening featured renowned classical pianist Lang Lang, whose career was launched 14 years ago on the...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 12:53 PM
Before Riccardo Muti rolls out his heavy Verdi artillery in early fall to honor the composer's bicentennial, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and its summer landlord, James Conlon, mounted a 21-gun salute of their own with a concert performance of Verdi's...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 2:15 PM
James Conlon, music director of Los Angeles Opera, will have surgery to have part of his colon removed. The 63-year-old conductor is suffering from an inflamed portion of his colon as a result of diverticulitis, the company said.
The surgery, which will...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 3:34 PM
In the 14 years that separate his Ravinia debut and his return to the festival over the weekend, Lang Lang has evolved from wunderkind to institution.
Indeed, now that the colossally gifted Chinese pianist has become an international megastar, the...
| Jul 26, 2013
Even as Ravinia continues to relegate "Breaking the Silence" – James Conlon's valuable exploration of music banned by the Nazis and largely forgotten after the fall of the Third Reich – to a kind of limbo, the music director continues to...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Conductor James Conlon, the music director of Los Angeles Opera, has received an award from a Jewish group for his work in resurrecting long-forgotten and rarely performed pieces by composers whose careers were cut short during the Holocaust.