My $0.02 on the 2018/19 LA Opera season
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My $0.02 on the 2018/19 LA Opera season

Los Angeles Opera and Plácido Domingo, their General Director, issued a press release last week announcing details of their 2018/19 (full details are below).  In short, here’s what we’ve got to look forward to: Mainstage (Dorothy Chandler Pavilion) Six performances each of: Don Carlo (Verdi):  September 22 through October 14, 2018; revival. James Conlon conducts. Ramón Vargas (Don … Continue reading

My $0.02 on the (sad) 2017/18 LA Opera season, plus some straight talk from James Conlon
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My $0.02 on the (sad) 2017/18 LA Opera season, plus some straight talk from James Conlon

Folks, I’m generally an optimistic, positive-thinking kinda guy.  I try to find the bright side of things and give people the benefit of the doubt, even when most others wouldn’t dream of it. So leave it to our good friends at Los Angeles Opera to test my ability to maintain a stiff upper lip and keep … Continue reading

LA Opera announces rest of 2017/18 season
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LA Opera announces rest of 2017/18 season

The other shoe has dropped.  Having already mentioned that Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice will be on the 2017/18 season docket, Los Angeles Opera announced the rest of next season’s schedule earlier this evening. As with the LACO 207/18 season announcement, I’ll give my $0.02 later this week.  In the meantime, here are some noteworthy tidbits: Continue reading

More about LA Opera:  first 2017/18 production announced, plus how about a contract extension for Grant Gershon?
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More about LA Opera: first 2017/18 production announced, plus how about a contract extension for Grant Gershon?

This past weekend’s press release from Los Angeles Opera about Music Director James Conlon’s latest contract extension through the end of the 2020/2021 season included statements from General Director Plácido Domingo, Board Chair Marc Stern, and Mr. Conlon himself. One person who was not quoted was the company’s Resident Conductor, Grant Gershon, so I asked him for … Continue reading

James Conlon extends LA Opera contract to 2020/2021 season
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James Conlon extends LA Opera contract to 2020/2021 season

Los Angeles Opera gets to keep James Conlon around for a little longer.  Yesterday, the company announced that the New York-based conductor will remain as Music Director through the end of the 2020/2021 season.  His current contract was to expire next year. Mr. Conlon took over the position from Kent Nagano in 2006 and has been a huge presence ever since.  Plácido Domingo, … Continue reading

LA Opera gives Plácido Domingo a contract extension; let’s hope James Conlon is next (plus one more thing)
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Opera / Music News & Info: Classical

LA Opera gives Plácido Domingo a contract extension; let’s hope James Conlon is next (plus one more thing)

Los Angeles Opera announced today that Plácido Domingo will continue on as General Director through at least the end of the 2021/22 season.  He has held the title since 2003.  (The complete press release is below) The tenor/baritone cum conductor cum impresario has a long and storied history with the company, going back to 1984 … Continue reading

My $0.02 on LA Opera’s 2016/2017 Season
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My $0.02 on LA Opera’s 2016/2017 Season

The good folks at Los Angeles Opera just announced their 2016/17 season (at the slightly curious time of 9pm-ish Pacific Time, midnight-ish Eastern, but no matter).  There are six mainstage productions, one semi-staged musical, three “Off Grand” productions, plus the regular community performances of Britten’s Noah’s Flood.  First, the details, with my general observations on the season … Continue reading

Spending time with Grant Gershon (Part 2 of 2):  what he looks for in singers, meeting Nelson Mandela, and more
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Spending time with Grant Gershon (Part 2 of 2): what he looks for in singers, meeting Nelson Mandela, and more

  This coming Sunday marks the final concert of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s landmark 50th Anniversary Season. For the occasion, Music Director Grant Gershon has put together a typically forward-looking program of works by Shawn Kirchner, David Lang, Francisco Núñez, Gabriela Lena Frank, and – last but certainly not least – Esa-Pekka Salonen. All … Continue reading

“The Space In-Between the Notes” — spending Britten’s 100th birthday with James Conlon (Part 2 of 4: The Morning with the Children)
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“The Space In-Between the Notes” — spending Britten’s 100th birthday with James Conlon (Part 2 of 4: The Morning with the Children)

[This is the second of my four-part story, “The Space In-Between the Notes,” of me and photographer Brandise Danesewich spending Benjamin Britten’s 100th Birthday – Nov 22, 2013 – with conductor James Conlon as he rehearsed and conducted two separate community concerts in different parts of Southern California.  “Part One:  A Prelude,” is HERE.] 9:55am … Continue reading

“The space in-between the notes” —  spending Britten’s 100th birthday with James Conlon (Part 1 of 4: A Prelude)
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“The space in-between the notes” — spending Britten’s 100th birthday with James Conlon (Part 1 of 4: A Prelude)

James Conlon is in the midst of an early afternoon rehearsal when he pauses to fix a line that doesn’t sound quite right to him. “Don’t rush the staccato,”  he tells the chorus.  “Staccato is about the space in-between the notes.” Later that same day, in front of a chamber orchestra this time, he’s rehearsing … 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

Today’s schedule for my #DaywithConlon filled with FREE Britten 100th Birthday fun
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Today’s schedule for my #DaywithConlon filled with FREE Britten 100th Birthday fun

Happy 100th birthday, Benjamin Britten!! As I mentioned yesterday, photographer Brandise Danesewich and I will be spending the whole day with James Conlon, Los Angeles Opera’s Music Director, as he prepares to rehearse, then conduct, two different FREE concerts today. Follow along #DaywithConlon via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram — or just check the new widget I … Continue reading

I’ll be celebrating Britten’s 100th b-day all day Friday with James Conlon — seriously #DaywithConlon
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I’ll be celebrating Britten’s 100th b-day all day Friday with James Conlon — seriously #DaywithConlon

This entire year, Los Angeles Opera has been spearheading a city-wide celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary:  “Britten 100/LA.”  Front and center at many concerts, presentations, and events has been their Music Director, James Conlon. Britten’s actual 100th birthday is tomorrow:  Friday, Nov 22, 2013.  Mr. Conlon will be spending the day scooting across the city:  running … 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

James Conlon extends contract to be Music Director of LA Opera until 2018
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James Conlon extends contract to be Music Director of LA Opera until 2018

At the end of my review of last year’s production of Albert Herring, I wrote this about James Conlon:  “Long may he reign at Los Angeles Opera.” It looks like I’ll get my wish — at least for another five years. The company just announced that Mr. Conlon has extended his contract as LA Opera’s … Continue reading