James Conlon

County supervisor asks Los Angeles Opera to remove Wagner focus from 'Ring' fest

Wagner is still causing trouble. That brilliant bastard, whose anti-Semitic views earned him extra favor with the Nazis who came to power 50 years after the composer's death, is the understandable focus of a large-scale festival the Los Angeles Opera has planned in conjunction with the company's first presentation of the complete Ring Cycle in spring 2010.

Last month, I received an email from a music critic, Carie Delmar, who wrote:

I am the daughter of Holocaust survivors and I am opposed to an arts festival that is being touted by Los Angeles city...