| Apr 29, 2014
| 5:30 AM
The Colburn Orchestra's annual spring gala in Walt Disney Concert Hall is typically a multi-generational affair. Sunday night, James Conlon, 64, conducted. His soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17, however, was yet another generation older.
| Apr 24, 2014
| 4:18 PM
The Beaux Arts Trio made its debut early in the summer of 1955 in the Berkshires of Massachusetts at an early version of what is now the Tanglewood Music Festival. It gave its last performance in late summer 2008, at the Lucerne Festival. Over 53 years...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 8:40 PM
Gerard Mortier, who died of cancer on Saturday at age 70, is being widely eulogized for the incalculable role he played in the opera world in the years he headed opera companies in Brussels, Paris and Madrid. Most notably he revolutionized the Salzburg...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 3:11 PM
Who knew the sound of insanity could be so beautiful?
We had the opportunity to sit in on a rehearsal of Los Angeles Opera’s production of Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," which opens Saturday.
The afternoon was the very first time...
| Mar 15, 2014
| 7:30 AM
The sound of a woman descending into madness is rich and piercing — and oddly beautiful.
In a quiet rehearsal room at the Los Angeles Opera, music director James Conlon gathers about half a dozen people around a grand piano. Among them is...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 7:30 AM
Conductor James Conlon is a one-man archaeological dig when it comes to resurrecting long-forgotten composers whose work was suppressed by Nazi Germany.
But in the "Recovered Voices" chamber program he led at the Broad Stage on Thursday, the pieces...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 4:41 PM
With some time to kill between performances of "Lucia di Lammermoor" at Los Angeles Opera (the last one is Sunday), the peripatetic James Conlon merely had to cross 1st Street in order to lead the first of three subscription concerts with the Los...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 11:42 AM
For most people, the image of John F. Kennedy’s assassination is documentary. And we all know what that means. Where do you stand on the Zapruder film?
Was this the act of a single gunman or a conspiracy? With the 50th anniversary Friday of one of...