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James Conlon

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  • Review: A shipshape 'Billy Budd' caps Britten 100/LA

    Review: A shipshape 'Billy Budd' caps Britten 100/LA
    A bellicose anti-war opera, Benjamin Britten's "Billy Budd" is a stifling shipboard drama with only strong male voices, a theater of testosterone. Manhood stands trial. In 1951, the year of its premiere, "Billy Budd" bravely evoked homoeroticism on the...
  • Taking inspiration from opera visionary Gerard Mortier

     Taking inspiration from opera visionary Gerard Mortier
    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...
  • Sneak peek: Los Angeles Opera debuts rare glass harmonica for 'Lucia'

    Sneak peek: Los Angeles Opera debuts rare glass harmonica for 'Lucia'
    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...
  • For Albina Shagimuratova, opera is a special kind of love and madness

     For Albina Shagimuratova, opera is a special kind of love and madness
    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...
  • Woody Allen to team with Placido Domingo in Madrid

    Woody Allen to team with Placido Domingo in Madrid
    Woody Allen will team with tenor Plácido Domingo in a revival of the director's Los Angeles Opera production of "Gianni Schicchi" that will be produced in Madrid. The production will be part of the Teatro Real's 2014-15 season, which was announced this...
  • Placido Domingo in 'Traviata,' 'Ghosts of Versailles' for L.A. Opera

    Placido Domingo in 'Traviata,' 'Ghosts of Versailles' for L.A. Opera
    Plácido Domingo in "La Traviata" and a new production of John Corigliano's "The Ghosts of Versailles" will be among the highlights of Los Angeles Opera's 2014-15 season, which will be announced Tuesday. The company will mount six mainstage productions...
  • L.A. Opera's unlikely — and unusual — 'The Magic Flute'

    L.A. Opera's unlikely — and unusual — 'The Magic Flute'
    In a bare rehearsal space downtown at the Music Center, a dozen or so people work through a scene in the dark. The only light comes from projected black-and-white animation flickering on the back wall of the stage — a nude fairy fluttering her wings...
  • 'War Requiem': Classical act of defiance in the name of peace

    'War Requiem': Classical act of defiance in the name of peace
    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...
  • Ravinia Festival puts 'Passion' into summer classical lineup

    Ravinia Festival puts 'Passion' into summer classical lineup
    The Ravinia Festival has announced the remainder of its programming for the 2013 summer season. The schedule comprises more than 120 classical, popular, jazz and dance events, presented almost nightly from June 6 to Sept. 15 at Ravinia Park in Highland...
  • Review: L.A. Opera's 'Carmen' means business as Domingo adds sizzle

    Review: L.A. Opera's 'Carmen' means business as Domingo adds sizzle
    Summer's over. 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...
  • Fall 2013 classical music events include notes of protest

    Fall 2013 classical music events include notes of protest
    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,...
  • James Conlon honored for promoting music suppressed by Nazis

    James Conlon honored for promoting music suppressed by Nazis
    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. Conlon was...