Live tweeting from tonight’s final dress rehearsal of LA Opera’s “Flying Dutchman”
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Live tweeting from tonight’s final dress rehearsal of LA Opera’s “Flying Dutchman”

Once again, the nice folks at Los Angeles Opera have invited me and the rest of the distinguished usual suspects to share our insightful observations, witty opinions, and occasional double entendres at the final dress rehearsal of one of their productions — 140 characters at a time.  Tonight’s fun:  The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner. … Continue reading

Dudamel, Shaham, and LA Phil make old standards sound fresh; Julien Beaudiment sits in as first-chair flute
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Dudamel, Shaham, and LA Phil make old standards sound fresh; Julien Beaudiment sits in as first-chair flute

Gustavo Dudamel returned to the Los Angeles Philharmonic podium for the first time since October 14, 2012.  Most of the next few weeks will be devoted to preparing programs for the orchestra’s upcoming tour to Europe and New York, but this past weekend’s concerts were not going to be played out of town. On paper, … Continue reading

Worth the wait:  Simon Rattle triumphantly returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic
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Worth the wait: Simon Rattle triumphantly returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic

There was a time not too long ago that had you mentioned that a fair-haired, mop top, wunderkind conductor was standing on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s podium, your image would have been of an Englishman rather than a Venezuelan. Simon Rattle (not yet knighted) was Principal Guest Conductor from 1981 to 1994, though as the … Continue reading

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Trying to ignore The Ring (nah, nah, nah . . . I can’t hear you!!)

Many people enjoy Wagner’s Ring.  Some are even devoted to it enough trapse across the globe to see full productions of it. I am neither of those types of people. I’ve always respected it when critics were willing to acknowledge their inherent biases against a particular composer or performer.  The late great Alan Rich made … Continue reading