An old-school Don Giovanni:  Ildebrando D’Arcangelo stars in LA Opera’s latest production
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An old-school Don Giovanni: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo stars in LA Opera’s latest production

Last May, the Los Angeles Philharmonic presented Don Giovanni with a vocally and visually strong baritone leading a solid cast in a thoroughly avant-garde production.  Beginning tonight, Los Angeles Opera presents the same opera, with another hunky baritone leading a another solid cast, this time in an unapologetically traditional production. Judging by Wednesday’s final dress … Continue reading

Back so soon?  Live tweeting Don Giovanni at LA Opera tonight
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Back so soon? Live tweeting Don Giovanni at LA Opera tonight

Opening night for Los Angeles Opera’s latest production of Don Giovanni isn’t until this coming Saturday, Sept 22nd, but I’ll be back at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion tonight, live tweeting the final dress rehearsal.  Unlike last Saturday’s gala opening of I Due Foscari (The Two Foscari), this time I’ll be in the front of the … Continue reading

Anna Prohaska sings “Exsultate, Jubilate” from this year’s Salzburg Festival
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Anna Prohaska sings “Exsultate, Jubilate” from this year’s Salzburg Festival

Anna Prohaska, recently appearing as Zerlina in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s production of Don Giovanni, is seen here at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Salzburg Festival singing some different Mozart: Exsultate, Jubilate (K. 165) What makes the performance more impressive is that she was only given a few hours notice that she’d be performing … Continue reading

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DSO streaming Mahler 5th, with Manny Ax playing the Mozart 22nd

Happy Friday.  In case you don’t make it out to any concerts this weekend, the concert can come to you: Between now and Monday at 12noon Eastern Time, the Detroit Symphony is streaming their recent performance of Music Director Leonard Slatkin conducting  the Mahler Fifth Symphony and the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22 with Emanuel … Continue reading

LA Phil’s history with Mozart’s Posthorn Serenade
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LA Phil’s history with Mozart’s Posthorn Serenade

Following up regarding my last post about Friday night’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert, here’s one extra little tidbit about Mozart’s Posthorn Serenade and the orchestra: As stated in both printed and online version of the program notes, the first performance was March 26, 1942, with George Szell conducting. Until this season, the most recent performance … Continue reading

Nothing casual about this Mozart:  Kiera Duffy joins Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil
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Nothing casual about this Mozart: Kiera Duffy joins Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil

It wasn’t supposed to be an all-Mozart program.  What was originally announced as a Tchaikovsky/Sibelius program morphed a couple of times over the course of this season before landing on its final form.  One of the subscribers wasn’t happy about all the repeated changes and made her opinion known during the “Casual Friday” post-concert Q&A.  With … Continue reading

Go big or go home:  an ambitious Don Giovanni staged by the Los Angeles Philharmonic
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Go big or go home: an ambitious Don Giovanni staged by the Los Angeles Philharmonic

It was not your average Sunday afternoon at Walt Disney Disney Concert Hall.  Gustavo Dudamel was still on the podium for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s unofficial Mozart Month, but that was pretty much where “business as usual” ended.  The LA Phil had decided that their first-ever complete performances of Don Giovanni would be full-blown productions, … Continue reading

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Anticipating the Don

I’ve been looking forward to attending the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s fully-staged Don Giovanni for a number of reasons: First of all, well, because it’s Don Giovanni and who doesn’t want to see and hear that under pretty much any circumstance? The appearance of Mariusz Kwiecien in the title role.  It’s been a very good season for … Continue reading

The world we live in, and life in general:  LA Phil and Dudamel do Kurtág, Mozart (with Richard Goode), and Strauss
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The world we live in, and life in general: LA Phil and Dudamel do Kurtág, Mozart (with Richard Goode), and Strauss

I almost always go to classical music concerts because I feel I must see/hear something on the program:  a certain composer or his work, a soloist, maybe even a conductor.  Other times it’s because I’m curious about a world premiere of a new work or a performer I’ve never heard before.  This past Sunday at … Continue reading