Season enders (part 1 of 2):  Alisa Weilerstein closes LACO’s final 2012/13 concert with a flourish
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Season enders (part 1 of 2): Alisa Weilerstein closes LACO’s final 2012/13 concert with a flourish

When the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival was in town last year, I managed to catch two of the three concerto performances that different soloists were performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  The one I soloist I missed:  Alisa Weilerstein.  At the time, someone told me I had made a mistake.  Judging by the strength of … Continue reading

For your consideration:  Kenneth Branagh’s version of “The Magic Flute” finally available on DVD in the US
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For your consideration: Kenneth Branagh’s version of “The Magic Flute” finally available on DVD in the US

Kenneth Branagh filmed his cinematic adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in the middle of the last decade as part of the 250th Anniversary celebrations for that opera.  It was screened at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals in 2006; however, it was not shown in United States theaters nor was it released on DVDs that … Continue reading

Seeing “Figaro” again:  after Thursday’s performance, more random other thoughts about LA Phil’s latest gem
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Seeing “Figaro” again: after Thursday’s performance, more random other thoughts about LA Phil’s latest gem

I was so enthralled by the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s production of The Marriage of Figaro that I wanted — needed — to see it again.  So last night, I decided to Tivo the King’s playoff game and head back to Walt Disney Concert Hall for another go at it.  Turned out to be the right … 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

A magnificent “Marriage of Figaro:”  LA Phil’s modern staging of Mozart classic is a huge success on all fronts
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A magnificent “Marriage of Figaro:” LA Phil’s modern staging of Mozart classic is a huge success on all fronts

This past Friday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic unveiled the latest foray into its three-year “Mozart/DaPonte Trilogy” project, the first ever performance (staged or otherwise) of The Marriage of Figaro in the orchestra’s history.  It was glorious in every respect:  visually striking, dramatically compelling, and musically excellent. Before a single note was played, one marveled at … Continue reading

Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society brings one of their namesake’s oratorios out of obscurity
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Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society brings one of their namesake’s oratorios out of obscurity

Quick, name a Handel oratorio besides Messiah. . . . Not that easy, is it? They aren’t exactly common fare, and I’m willing to bet that few of you would have come up with Jephtha, especially if Harry Christophers and the good folks at the Handel and Haydn Society  (aka “H&H”) hadn’t decided to resurrect … Continue reading

And here’s to you, Mr. Robertson:  SoCal native returns to conduct the LA Phil
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And here’s to you, Mr. Robertson: SoCal native returns to conduct the LA Phil

A little over a week ago, David Robertson returned to the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s podium for the first time in over five years, and for the life of me, I have a hard time understanding why it’s taken so long. First and foremost, his broad repertoire featuring impeccable credentials in 20th and 21st Century music … Continue reading