My chat with Plácido Domingo about singing Schubert lieder, plus Renée Fleming ponders singing baritone too
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My chat with Plácido Domingo about singing Schubert lieder, plus Renée Fleming ponders singing baritone too

It’s quite been quite a week for Southern California opera fans: Los Angeles Opera just finished a three-show run of André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire starring soprano Renée Fleming as Blanche DuBois, a role she created in the original 1998 production for San Francisco Opera.  Reviews have been mostly positive:  Timothy Mangan (Los Angeles Register) generally liked it despite some … Continue reading

LA Opera announces 2014/2015 season (UPDATED):  Conlon leads “Figaro” trilogy; Domingo to play “Germont” in <i>La Traviata</i>
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LA Opera announces 2014/2015 season (UPDATED): Conlon leads “Figaro” trilogy; Domingo to play “Germont” in La Traviata

Los Angeles Opera announced their 2014/2015 season today.  After browsing the press release (seen in its entirety below), here are my top of mind thoughts and observations: A little surprised that the number of main stage productions is still at six (well, seven productions if you count the double bill as two separate operas).  That … Continue reading

Strong vocalists overcome some hurdles in LA Opera’s season opening <i>Carmen</i>
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Strong vocalists overcome some hurdles in LA Opera’s season opening Carmen

The mood at Los Angeles Opera leading up to the beginning of this new season has been thoroughly buoyant, the result of a confluence of good news: After successfully dealing with a pulmonary embolism that kept him off stages and podiums all over the world,  Plácido Domingo — the company’s General Director, überbaritenor, and part-time conductor —  triumphantly returned to … Continue reading

Behind the scenes:  notes, pictures, and even a little video from a rehearsal of LA Opera’s <i>Carmen</i>
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Behind the scenes: notes, pictures, and even a little video from a rehearsal of LA Opera’s Carmen

Yesterday afternoon, the good folks at Los Angeles Opera opened up their doors to the media for a behind-the-scenes peek at preparations for their season opening production of Bizet’s Carmen. Christopher Koelsch (President and CEO) gave a brief welcome before Rupert Hemmings (Senior Director, Production) led us onto the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion … Continue reading

Appealingly over the top:  Sondra Radvanovsky is an ideal Tosca for LA Opera, with ample support from Domingo and Caird
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Appealingly over the top: Sondra Radvanovsky is an ideal Tosca for LA Opera, with ample support from Domingo and Caird

If I were to look up “diva” in the dictionary, I’d half expect to see one of the definitions — maybe THE definition — to be “Floria Tosca.”  The character after which Puccini named his famous opera has all the attributes that would come to mind when I think of a diva:  petulant but passionate, … Continue reading

Photos from LA Opera’s current production of “Tosca”
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Photos from LA Opera’s current production of “Tosca”

For your viewing pleasure, I’ve assembled various production and behind the scenes pictures from Los Angeles Opera’s current version of Puccini’s Tosca.  Photo credits include Robert Millard, Los Angeles Opera’s website and Facebook page, Lawrence K. Ho of the Los Angeles Times, and Brian Lauritzen. In addition, click HERE for sketches drawn by Mike Sheehan … Continue reading

LA Opera announces 2013/2014 season
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LA Opera announces 2013/2014 season

Los Angeles Opera announced their 2013/2014 season today.  As far as I’m concerned, the most noteworthy things: Not a big increase in number of productions and performances versus the 2012/2013 season, but the mix is a bit more diverse — including three performances of Glass’s Einstein on the Beach. Tenor Brandon Jovanovich returns to L.A. … Continue reading

Angela Meade brings added punch to LA Opera’s cast of Don Giovanni for final two shows
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Angela Meade brings added punch to LA Opera’s cast of Don Giovanni for final two shows

Los Angeles Opera made some cast changes for the last two performances of Don Giovanni, the most noteworthy being the addition of Angela Meade as Donna Anna (Julianna Di Giacomo played the role for the first five performances).  The winner of the 2011 Richard Tucker Award and the Met’s 2012 Beverly Sills Artist Award, Ms. … Continue reading

Tweeting live from backstage at tonight’s LA Opera season opener of “The Two Foscari” starring Plácido Domingo
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Tweeting live from backstage at tonight’s LA Opera season opener of “The Two Foscari” starring Plácido Domingo

Tonight marks the opening of Los Angeles Opera’s 2012/2013 season with a new production of Verdi’s rarely performed I Due Foscari (The Two Foscari).  Plácido Domingo takes on the role of Francesco Foscari, his latest foray into the baritone repertoire and 140th role overall (give or take) in his illustrious career. I’ll be there tonight, … Continue reading

“The Doge of Los Angeles:”  Plácido Domingo is feted at LA Opera presser
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“The Doge of Los Angeles:” Plácido Domingo is feted at LA Opera presser

Wednesday’s Los Angeles Opera press conference centered around celebrating Plácido Domingo.  Board members and politicians were on hand to offer their praises, stories, and tokens of appreciation to the organization’s General Director and probably the world’s most famous living opera singer.  The reason for this latest round of adulation?  Three things: Continue reading

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Warming up the thumbs: LA Opera Tweet Seat, here I come

In about two-and-a-half hours, I’ll be sitting in the Loge section of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion watching the final Los Angeles Opera dress rehearsal of Simon Boccanegra, sharing my thoughts in real time with the world, 140 characters at a time. The easiest way to follow along is to go to my twitter page:  https://twitter.com/#!/MrCKDH … Continue reading