| Aug 23, 2011
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Matt McGrath takes over from James Barbour in 'Rocky Horror'...
| Sep 16, 2011
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Mark Swed's classical picks for the fall season....
| Aug 21, 2010
Oh, the difficult task of bringing the life story of someone pivotal in world history to the stage or screen. Why are the end results so routinely repetitive in structure or endlessly boring in execution?
Well, too many biographies spend so much time on...
| Oct 3, 2008
Robert Wilson's exquisite production of "Madame Butterfly" has once more floated in for a delicate landing at Los Angeles Opera.
The first time, in 2004, was the charm. Two years later, lacking a sensitive cast and conductor, the staging lost its...
| May 19, 2008
Come Dec. 22, celebrations of Puccini’s 150th birthday may abound. But, generally, opera companies are not making the fuss typical of major anniversaries of popular (and even unpopular) composers this year. Or perhaps the companies are. It can be...
| Aug 14, 2008
Philip Glass' Violin Concerto, which finally made it to the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night, is the concerto that wouldn't die.
It was premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1987. Glass had written little for traditional orchestra, and this was the first...
| Jul 29, 2008
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Every decade or so, I get my hopes up that Karol Szymanowski's ravishing "King Roger," Poland's one great opera, will finally catch on.
In the '60s and '70s, mystically intense recordings of it slipped out of Soviet bloc...
| Oct 1, 2008
Chinese soprano Liping Zhang has built a career out of playing submissive, self-negating heroines in the operas "Madame Butterfly" and "Turandot," both by Giacomo Puccini.
In person, however, Zhang in many ways represents the polar opposite of the...
| Jul 19, 2009
By the 1980s, Philip Glass had earned a healthy reputation working in the concert hall, art films and the theater. That didn't mean he slid easily into Hollywood.
"When I first started doing Hollywood films," Glass, 72, said by phone from his home in New...
| Sep 20, 2008
Concert halls do not live or die by their organs -- they only think they do. Relatively few major orchestral works include the organ. Orchestrations of organ works are what are in fashion again. As for organ recitals, just ask any church burdened with...
| Apr 25, 2010
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...
| May 11, 2008
THE VERY last scene of last year's hit film "Juno" pointed toward one small path in music's future: star Ellen Page sitting on a stoop, singing a song by obscure boy-girl folk duo the Moldy Peaches. Her leading man, Michael Cera, sang along, but he was...