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The Ghosts of Versailles

Los Angeles Opera


No. of reviews: 14

L.A. Opera’s ‘Ghosts of Versailles’ is both haunting and hilarious
28 Feb 15 / Frontiers
‘Ghosts’ of the guillotine reunite at Versailles
28 Feb 15 / New York Times
Opera, hauntingly majestic
19 Feb 15 / Easy Reader News
Head games at L.A. Opera
18 Feb 15 / LA Downtown News
Ghosts is a truly enthralling opera that deserves to be seen and heard more often
16 Feb 15 / Opera Today
Deconstructing Figaro: LA Opera brings 'Ghosts of Versailles' to the West Coast
12 Feb 15 / Laist
Drop dead diva
11 Feb 15 / parterre box
LA Opera's stunning Ghost of Versailles tries to put Marie Antoinette's head back on (Go!)
11 Feb 15 / LA Weekly
Ghosts of Versailles back from the dead
11 Feb 15 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Los Angeles Opera breathes new life into John Corigliano’s ‘The Ghosts of Versailles’
11 Feb 15 / LA Daily News
The guillotine haunts The Ghosts of Versailles
10 Feb 15 / Seen and Heard
The Ghosts of Versailles a triumph at LA Opera
10 Feb 15 / Bachtrack
'Ghosts of Versailles' debuts at L.A. Opera
10 Feb 15 / Orange County Register
Opera 'Ghosts of Versailles' may live forever
9 Feb 15 / Los Angeles Times
Patti LuPone takes the stage in rare opera performance
For just about nine minutes the Pasha’s favorite Egyptian singer, Samira, takes the stage in The Ghosts of Versailles and vamps and camps it up in a show-stopping cameo.
L.A. Opera goes for the epic with 'The Ghosts of Versailles'
In a large workshop at CBS Television City on the edge of Hollywood, the palace of Versailles was slowly taking shape.
Florencia en el Amazonas

Los Angeles Opera


No. of reviews: 9

'Charmingly strange' Spanish-language 'Florencias en el Amazonas' at LA Opera
14 Dec 14 / Laist
Tropical treat
28 Nov 14 / Easy Reader News
L.A. Opera lovingly revives Cátan’s journey on the Amazon
27 Nov 14 / Frontiers
In L.A. Opera's Florencia en el Amazonas, a boat ride leads to a secret concert
26 Nov 14 / LA Weekly
L.A. Opera pays tribute to Daniel Catan with lush ‘Florencia en al Amazonas’
25 Nov 14 / LA Daily News
'Florencia en el Amazonas' a culture clash solved by orchestra
25 Nov 14 / Los Angeles Times
L.A. Opera revives Florencia en el Amazonas
25 Nov 14 / San Francisco Classical Voice
'Florencia' makes undemanding return to L.A. Opera
25 Nov 14 / Orange County Register
Daniel’s Catán’s opera steams down the Amazon
25 Nov 14 / Seen and Heard
Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Los Angeles Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Trouble in paradise
15 Nov 14 / Easy Reader News
Dido and Bluebeard! Bedfellows at last
14 Nov 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
L.A. Opera’s dark double bill
12 Nov 14 / Frontiers
L.A. Opera's daring double bill frustrates
8 Nov 14 / Orange County Register
L.A. Opera pushes the envelope in ‘Dido’ and ‘Bluebeard’
28 Oct 14 / LA Daily News
Doomed love in Dido and Aeneas and Bluebeard’s Castle
28 Oct 14 / Seen and Heard
Rare Dido and Bluebeard double bill an odd dichotomy
28 Oct 14 / Bachtrack
LA Opera debuts re-imagined one-act productions of Dido & Aeneas, Bluebeard’s Castle
28 Oct 14 / Rabbits Black
L.A. Opera goes cutting edge in double bill of Purcell, Bartók
28 Oct 14 / Los Angeles Times
Dido and Aeneas

Los Angeles Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Trouble in paradise
15 Nov 14 / Easy Reader News
Dido and Bluebeard! Bedfellows at last
14 Nov 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
L.A. Opera's daring double bill frustrates
8 Nov 14 / Orange County Register
L.A. Opera pushes the envelope in ‘Dido’ and ‘Bluebeard’
28 Oct 14 / LA Daily News
Doomed love in Dido and Aeneas and Bluebeard’s Castle
28 Oct 14 / Seen and Heard
Rare Dido and Bluebeard double bill an odd dichotomy
28 Oct 14 / Bachtrack
LA Opera debuts re-imagined one-act productions of Dido & Aeneas, Bluebeard’s Castle
28 Oct 14 / Rabbits Black
L.A. Opera goes cutting edge in double bill of Purcell, Bartók
28 Oct 14 / Los Angeles Times
La Traviata

Los Angeles Opera


No. of reviews: 7

L.A. Opera’s La Traviata looks like a ’70s Disco, but it's got great performances
24 Sep 14 / LA Weekly
A telling "Traviata" opens LA Opera season
22 Sep 14 / LA Observed
LA Opera's Traviata sparkles, but doesn't quite shine
17 Sep 14 / Bachtrack
L.A. Opera’s Roaring ’20s ‘La Traviata’ more flat than fizzy
16 Sep 14 / LA Daily News
L.A. Opera opens season with flat, clumsy 'La Traviata'
16 Sep 14 / Los Angeles Times
This “Traviata” is memorable and fulfilling and worthy of the standing ovation it received
16 Sep 14 / Opera Theater Ink
L.A. Opera starts season with a 'Traviata' decked out in Art Deco
16 Sep 14 / Orange County Register
LA Opera to host screening of 'La Traviata' at Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier will be transformed into an outdoor opera house for one evening in September when Los Angeles Opera hosts a free, high-definition screening of "La Traviata."
L.A. Opera adds 'Traviata' performance with Placido Domingo
Los Angeles Opera is adding an additional performance of its upcoming revival staging of "La Traviata," which stars Domingo and soprano Nino Machaidze, because of "exceptional ticket demand."
Thaïs

Los Angeles Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Thaïs vestida
26 Jun 14 / L'Ape musicale
Thaïs nuda (concert performance)
12 Jun 14 / L'Ape musicale
Opera showdown: Cosi fan tutte, Thais and A Streetcar Named Desire in Los Angeles
10 Jun 14 / LA Observed
Thaïs without libido
5 Jun 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
Domingo captures the torments of Athanaël in a sumptuous Thaïs
31 May 14 / Seen and Heard
Thaïs à Los Angeles pour Domingo et Fournillier
28 May 14 / ResMusica
This “Thaïs” is a production to be seen, remembered, savored, and revived
24 May 14 / Opera Theater Ink
Jules Massenet's rarely shown 'Thais' arrives to L.A. Opera
24 May 14 / The Hollywood Reporter
L.A. Opera's 'Thaïs' a voluptuous, lavishly detailed seduction
20 May 14 / Los Angeles Times
L.A. Opera’s ‘Thais’ driven by lust, redemption and dreams
20 May 14 / Pasadena Star-News
A Streetcar Named Desire

Los Angeles Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Opera showdown: Cosi fan tutte, Thais and A Streetcar Named Desire in Los Angeles
10 Jun 14 / LA Observed
Renée Fleming was magnificent in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ but the play put to music raises doubts.
28 May 14 / Opera Theater Ink
Renee Fleming creates a Blanche DuBois to remember
21 May 14 / Pasadena Star-News
Rapturous response to André Previn's 'Streetcar Named Desire'
21 May 14 / Los Angeles Times
Lust and longing in Andre Previn’s opera, A Streetcar Named Desire
21 May 14 / Seen and Heard
A Streetcar Named Desire remains a durable classic
20 May 14 / The Hollywood Reporter
Evan Rogister to conduct LA Opera's A Streetcar Named Desire
Evan Rogister will conduct LA Opera's upcoming performances of André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire, replacing Patrick Summers, who has been withdrawn from the production due to a back injury.
Renée Fleming to bring 'A Streetcar Named Desire' to L.A. Opera
Renée Fleming will return to Los Angeles Opera later this season in a production of André Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Lucia di Lammermoor

Los Angeles Opera


No. of reviews: 6

'Lucia di Lammermoor' hits the boards again
1 Apr 14 / LA Observed
LA Opera's new 'Lucia' survives its odd scenic detour
24 Mar 14 / Laist
Lamentable Lucia in L.A.
21 Mar 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
L.A. Opera's 'Lucia di Lammermoor' sweeps away resistance
18 Mar 14 / Los Angeles Times
A haunting and magnificent Lucia di Lammermoor at LA Opera
18 Mar 14 / Seen and Heard
A dream Lucia gives LA Opera a magical success
18 Mar 14 / Opera Theater Ink
Interview with Saimir Pirgu
Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu shot to stardom at the age of just twenty-one. His resplendent lyric tenor combined with his dashing looks make him one of the most appealing young artists today.
Albina Shagimuratova-opera is a special kind of love and madness
Coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova, performing 'Lucia di Lammermoor' at the L.A. Opera, talks about a most demanding -- and 'beautiful' - role.
Los Angeles Opera debuts rare glass harmonica for 'Lucia'
Who knew the sound of insanity could be so beautiful?
Billy Budd

Los Angeles Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Billy Budd! The word on the street
25 Mar 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
LA Opera's 'Billy Budd' hard to surpass
8 Mar 14 / 89.3KPCC
LA Opera's moving Billy Budd puts maleness to the test
6 Mar 14 / LA Downtown News
Sex, revolution and sea in jaw-dropping opera
5 Mar 14 / People's World
Billy Budd continues a superb season at L.A. Opera
28 Feb 14 / The Huffington Post
LA Opera Powerfully Tells A Classic Tragic Tale In 'Billy Budd'
28 Feb 14 / Laist
A bedazzling "Billy Budd"
28 Feb 14 / LA Observed
Los Angeles Opera's seafaring drama 'Billy Budd' is an in-your-face standout
25 Feb 14 / Los Angeles Times
‘Billy Budd’s’ return to L.A. is musically powerful, but it is not about sex
25 Feb 14 / LA Daily News
Though evil triumphs, beauty prevails in LA Opera’s Billy Budd
24 Feb 14 / Seen and Heard
'Billy Budd' cast learns how to survive a hanging
The scene in which Billy Budd (Liam Bonner) is hanged has meant careful planning to avoid injury. The production is the high point of Los Angeles Opera's year-long tribute to composer Benjamin Britten.
Die Zauberflöte

Los Angeles Opera


No. of reviews: 10

L.A. Opera's smash production is a happy marriage of Mozart and silent-era Hollywood
13 Dec 13 / The Hollywood Reporter
Silent screen magic in 'Flute'
5 Dec 13 / LA Opus
The Magic Flute is wonderful at L.A. Opera!
3 Dec 13 / The Huffington Post
The question is: was it ‘The Magic Flute’?
29 Nov 13 / Opera Theater Ink
Barrie Kosky’s The Magic Flute
28 Nov 13 / ConcertoNet (English)
Fun, flat 'Flute'
27 Nov 13 / Wall Street Journal
L.A. Opera’s ‘The Magic Flute’ is an eye-popping must-see
27 Nov 13 / Press-Telegram
The happy results of a speedy shift
27 Nov 13 / New York Times
Brilliant transformation of 'The Magic Flute'
26 Nov 13 / Los Angeles Times
Silent era film comedy meets Weimar cabaret in this entertaining Magic Flute
25 Nov 13 / Seen and Heard
A new ‘Magic’ for Mozart’s opera
Opera director Barrie Kosky didn’t like Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” when he first saw it at age 10.
L.A. Opera's unlikely - and unusual - 'The Magic Flute'
Los Angeles Opera's 'The Magic Flute,' with live performance and animation, is decidedly nontraditional. Barrie Kosky is its contrary creative force.
L.A. Opera adds performance of 'Magic Flute' even before it opens
When the Komische Oper Berlin debuted its edgy and nontraditional reimagining of “The Magic Flute,” combining live singing and hand-drawn animation, the 2012 run of 13 performances sold out in two days.
Barrie Kosky
The director shaking up LA Opera's 'Magic Flute'.
Falstaff

Los Angeles Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Once upon a Falstaff
3 Dec 13 / ConcertoNet (English)
Verdi blows out candles
23 Nov 13 / Duly Noted
Comedy was at a premium
21 Nov 13 / The Huffington Post
A rollicking good time at the LA Opera
13 Nov 13 / British Weekly
'Falstaff' dramatically flawed but musically bracing
12 Nov 13 / Los Angeles Times
L.A. Opera delivers comeuppance in ‘Falstaff’
12 Nov 13 / Daily Bulletin
L.A. Opera’s ‘Falstaff’ celebrates the joy of gluttony and song
12 Nov 13 / Press-Telegram
Three cheers for a button bursting Falstaff at the Los Angeles Opera
12 Nov 13 / Seen and Heard
Einstein on the Beach

Los Angeles Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Beachy Einstein
29 Oct 13 / LA Opus
A beatific visitation from another realm
23 Oct 13 / The Huffington Post
For a work that is now 37 years old, "Einstein on the Beach" remains challenging and utterly modern
16 Oct 13 / The Hollywood Reporter
Time and space are one in thrilling 'Einstein on the Beach'
14 Oct 13 / Los Angeles Times
Of bathing caps and spaceships: Einstein on the Beach for the twenty-first century
14 Oct 13 / Seen and Heard
Glass' 'Einstein' is opera because 'that's where the stuff was'
As Los Angeles Opera prepares to present 'Einstein on the Beach,' composer Philip Glass discusses the 37-year-old work's creation.
Carmen

Los Angeles Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Irrefutably captivating
12 Oct 13 / LA Opus
This ‘Carmen’ was ‘All in the Family’ with guests
6 Oct 13 / Opera Theater Ink
L.A. Opera's Carmen gets a dose of sexy intelligence
28 Sep 13 / LA Downtown News
LA Opera’s Carmen feels bloated, opulent
26 Sep 13 / Daily Trojan
New LA Opera season starts off with a bloodless 'Carmen'
26 Sep 13 / Laist
Domingo at helm for a stellar “Carmen”
25 Sep 13 / Opera Warhorses
Muddled and slow, ‘Carmen’ lights up the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for awhile in the middle
24 Sep 13 / Press-Telegram
L.A. Opera's 'Carmen' means business as Domingo adds sizzle
24 Sep 13 / Los Angeles Times
A Carmen at Los Angeles Opera, short on sex appeal
23 Sep 13 / Seen and Heard
Patricia Bardon plays 'Carmen' with L.A. Opera, Placido Domingo
Patricia Bardon played a recording of 'Carmen' featuring Placido Domingo 'to death,' she says. Now she's starring with him conducting.
Tosca

Los Angeles Opera


No. of reviews: 5

A well sung Tosca, unmoored from history
7 Jun 13 / Seen and Heard
“Tosca,” fortunately, lives or dies on its three principal singers. And this “Tosca” lives victoriously
1 Jun 13 / Variety
'Tosca' presents weak end to L.A. Opera's season
23 May 13 / LA Daily News
A blood-soaked new production
21 May 13 / The Guardian
Sondra Radvanovsky is resplendent in title role
21 May 13 / Los Angeles Times
La Cenerentola

Los Angeles Opera


No. of reviews: 8

A new Cinderella at Los Angeles Opera makes an impression
5 Apr 13 / Los Angeles Times
With Cinderella, a fairy tale opera
30 Mar 13 / LA Downtown News
Los Angeles Opera's 'Cinderella' is a marvelously perfect show, rats and all
30 Mar 13 / LA Daily News
'Cenerentola' effervesces at L.A. Opera
30 Mar 13 / Orange County Register
Rossini’s Cinderella casts enchanting spell on LA
28 Mar 13 / Daily Trojan
'Cinderella's' many rewards
26 Mar 13 / Los Angeles Times
What’s on display at LA Opera lacks romance and magic, much less genuine wit and charm
25 Mar 13 / Variety
A musical, visual, and comedic delight
25 Mar 13 / Seen and Heard
Der Fliegende Holländer

Los Angeles Opera


No. of reviews: 10

L.A. Opera's 'Flying Dutchman' back in action
23 Mar 13 / Los Angeles Times
Jay Hunter Morris stepping into 'Flying Dutchman' at L.A. Opera
The title sea vessel in Los Angeles Opera's production of "The Flying Dutchman" by Richard Wagner is starting to resemble a beleaguered Carnival Cruise ship thanks to a series of unfortunate passenger illnesses
L.A. Opera drama
In minutes, Julie Makerov steps into lead role in L.A. Opera's The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman in L.A. a high for international opera stars
Soprano Elisabete Matos and baritone Tomas Tomasson voice excitement in making their Los Angeles debut in the L.A. Opera's 'The Flying Dutchman.'
Illness sidelines Jay Hunter Morris from L.A. Opera's 'Dutchman'
Operatic tenor Jay Hunter Morris has withdrawn from Los Angeles Opera's upcoming production of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman," due to "a severe case of gastroenteritis."
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Domingo teaming up with Woody Allen for L.A. Opera's new season
L.A. Opera will celebrate its 30th-anniversary season with a main-stage lineup featuring "Gianni Schicchi," the L.A. debut of "Moby Dick" and the debut of Gustavo Dudamel conducting "La Boheme."
28 Jan 2015 / Los Angeles Times
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Domingo extends contract as general director of Los Angeles Opera
Plácido Domingo has extended his contact as the general director of the Los Angeles Opera through the 2018-19 season, the company announced Friday.
6 Sep 2014 / New York Times
Placido Domingo kicks off Operalia
Although he has been battling illness, but the 73-year-old general director of L.A. Opera confirmed that he is, indeed, healthy enough to take the stage for the company's season opener on Sept. 13.
27 Aug 2014 / Los Angeles Times
L.A. Opera adds 'Traviata' performance with Placido Domingo
Los Angeles Opera is adding an additional performance of its upcoming revival staging of "La Traviata," which stars Domingo and soprano Nino Machaidze, because of "exceptional ticket demand."
15 Aug 2014 / Los Angeles Times