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  • A new ‘Magic’ for Mozart’s opera

    By Rick Schultz

    November 20, 2013 | 3:55 pm

    Opera director Barrie Kosky didn’t like Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” when he first saw it at age 10. Mozart’s Singspiel — a genre of opera characterized by spoken dialogue, along with singing — was a big hit in 1791, and the composer himself goofed around on stage during some of the...

  • CARMEN

    By Joy Bennett

    October 2, 2013 | 4:05 pm

    Placido Domingo and cast of Carmen, Los Angeles Music Center September 29, 2013, photos by Joy Bennett

    If you only see one opera in your life, let it be Carmen.  I am not personally a huge opera fan, yet I was beguiled by this opera originally from the Otto Preminger 1954 film...

  • Full of sound and fury: Bloch’s ‘Macbeth’ opera gets a rare airing

    By Rick Schultz

    May 29, 2013 | 11:55 am

    Ernest Bloch, the renowned 20th century Swiss-born American composer, wrote just one opera, “Macbeth,” and it has rarely been produced in the United States since its 1910 Paris premiere. Now, the Long Beach Opera is presenting the opera’s first U.S. staging since John Houseman’s...

  • ‘Killer Joe’s’ William Friedkin:  ‘I could have been a very violent person’ [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 2, 2012 | 3:10 pm

    William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director of “The French Connection,” The Exorcist” and now “Killer Joe”—about a violently dysfunctional Texas family—was courtly and chivalrous at the Four Seasons hotel recently, moving a comfortable chair over for me and offering coffee...

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  • Israeli understudy takes Carmen role on opening night at Masada

    June 12, 2012 | 10:41 am

    An Israeli understudy for the role of Carmen, in the opera being performed at the foot of Masada, was thrust on stage opening night after the star lost her voice in the dry desert air.

    Na’ama Goldman, 27, took over for international opera soloist Nancy Fabiola Herrera for the second...

  • Garcia Lorca’s art, death inspire genre-expanding opera

    May 23, 2012 | 11:04 am

    When Federico Garcia Lorca was a child, long before his ascension to the heights of Spanish literary circles, he idolized his mother’s gift for playing the piano. The young Garcia Lorca studied piano, hoping that he shared some of his mother’s talent, but Garcia Lorca would never...

  • Culture with a side of popcorn

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 11, 2012 | 11:45 am

    When the hit comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors” comes to Broadway this spring, I’ll be able to say I saw the London production. I also saw the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of “Don Giovanni” with the Polish tenor Mariusz Kwiecien. As for bragging rights, it’s hard to...

  • Michael Fassbender on “Shame,” sadism, playing a Jewish supervillain and why he’s not in therapy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 5, 2011 | 11:54 pm

    “Shame, shame, shame, shame,” Michael Fassbender, who very much seems to be the actor of the moment, sang in a goofy baritone recently.  His impromptu ditty was unexpected, given that he was in the middle of an intense discussion about his two latest films:  Steve McQueen’s...

  • Annie Leibovitz, Ed Asner, Shelly Berman, Lainie Kazan and Elliot Gould

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    November 13, 2008 | 7:14 pm

    SAT | NOVEMBER 15

    (AUTHOR READING)
    Jack and Robin Firestone, an average American Jewish couple, were vacationing in Paris in 1997. Then tragedy struck -- right before their eyes, a car carrying Princess Diana fatally crashed in a Paris tunnel. The Firestones have since written a...
  • Master of horror Cronenberg ‘Flies’ into opera

    August 27, 2008 | 10:59 pm

    Director David Cronenberg has created some of the most viscerally repulsive and disturbing images ever on film -- the most famous of them "marked by shocking images of the body made fantastic," The New York Times says.

    In his 1979 film, "The Brood," a psychotic woman gives birth to...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks August 23 - 29: Benny Goodman, opera, magic and more

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    August 22, 2008 | 1:21 pm

    SAT | AUGUST 23

    (OPERA)

    Today, the importance of recalling the horrors and magnitude of the Holocaust are more important than ever. The children at LA Opera's annual summer camp (photo,below) will present Hans Krasa's moving piece, "Brundibár." The enchanting tale of tolerance and...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks August 9-15: Tisha B'Av, music, opera, comedy and Brad A. Greenberg

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    August 7, 2008 | 7:36 pm

    SAT | AUGUST 9

    (OPERA)

    The rabbinical prohibition of kol isha -- a woman's voice -- precludes women from singing in front of men. Lucky for Michael Kleitman, a talented lyric tenor, this law does not prevent men from entertaining the opposite sex with their vocal skills. Born in...

  • Spring Calendar

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    Trailer for the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, May 8


    MARCH

    Sun., March 9
    Barrage in "High Strung." The young, hip cast of Barrage, a contemporary string ensemble, will dish out high-energy virtuosity in their newest show. The international cast features six violinists/vocalists, a...

  • Mitisek and Co. expand boundaries of opera with puppets, poetry and ‘Frankenstein!!’

    By Rick Schultz

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Critics have called the Long Beach Opera (LBO) "daring," "unconventional" and "innovative." While all those are accurate, another word that perhaps better describes the company is "playful."

    Still, one wonders how the seasoned, classically trained LBO musicians reacted when their...

  • Opera: Restoring Nazi-suppressed ‘Recovered Voices’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    When James Conlon premiered the "Recovered Voices" program at Los Angeles Opera last year, the Los Angeles Times noted the "evangelical zeal" with which he conducted works that had been suppressed by the Nazis -- Conlon's musical mission since discovering the vast (and largely...
  • Stark locations make perfect sets for ‘Anne Frank’ opera production

    By David Mermelstein

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Few subjects resonate like the story of Anne Frank and her diary. The tale is familiar to many, yet even those who know little about the young writer's life equate her name with courage in the face of grim reality. Beyond the much-translated diary, published in various incarnations...
  • Museum-hopping in Madrid, sans ham

    By Hilary Larson

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What is the best museum town in the world? Paris comes to mind, as does New York. But as a certified art museum lover, I put my money on Madrid.

    Madrid, the proud and stately capital of Spain, is home to three of the finest collections of art anywhere: the Museo del Prado, the...

  • Rising Singing Star Pitches New Sound

    By David Mermelstein

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Many young girls dream of a life on the stage, but few could have envisioned the career now enjoyed by Hila Plitmann, a Jerusalem-born soprano who these days makes her home in Studio City. Plitmann, 32, is not famous in the way that, say, sopranos like Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, April 22

    Support Los Angeles Jewish Theater in its new home at Temple Menorah of Redondo Beach, and catch some good dinner theater while you’re at it. Tonight, it presents a staged reading of Jeff Baron’s “Visiting Mr. Green,” about the evolving relationship between a...

  • Spectator - A Night at the Hebraic Opera

    By Amy Klein

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Opera fans don't mind watching theater unfold in a foreign language. So perhaps Molière fans will enjoy seeing his work performed in Hebrew.

    That's one of the hopes of Ori Dinur, director of "The Imaginary Invalid," Molière's 17th century comedy about a hypochondriac and his...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, February 4

    It's the year of the gay cowboy, so why not the privileged lesbian? Head to the Geffen Playhouse for the Los Angeles premiere of David Mamet’s,"Boston Marriage" titled after the Victorian euphemism used to describe a long-term, intimate relationship between...

  • Vienna Glories in Past and Present

    By Carvin Knowles

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sixty years after the end of World War II, Vienna has reclaimed its roots as a city of culture. Not the culture of stoic monuments to faded glory or landmarks illuminated by historical plaques, but in a living, breathing, heart-still-pumping way. Grand-yet-graceful music, art and...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, January 29

    Annie Korzen knows better than you. Or at least that's what she thinks. In her one-woman show, "Straight From the Mouth," that's how she gives it to you. Expect music, "constructive criticism" and lots of laughs from the gal also known as "Seinfeld's" Doris...

  • ‘Aida’ Not So Tragic for Israeli Maestro

    By Tom Tugend

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Dan Ettinger looks nothing like the popular image of a classical conductor.

    The Israeli is making his American debut with the Los Angeles Opera in Verdi's "Aida." Appearing considerably younger than his 33 years and standing a sturdy 6-foot-1, Ettinger wears his hair short-cropped,...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, January 22

    Fine-print dealers from across the country convene at LACMA this weekend for Los Angeles Print Fair 2005. View and purchase American, European, Canadian and Japanese prints from as early as 1500 all the way through to contemporary works, including pieces by...

  • Shoah-Era Opera an Allegory of Victory

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When she was 11 years old, Ella Weisberger got her first starring role, playing the cat in a children's opera called, "Brundibar."

    But Weisberger didn't perform in a grand concert hall; instead she sang in the barracks of Terezin, the "model" concentration camp that the Nazis set up...

  • Orthodox Mother Opens New Opera

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    File under Incongruities, Major: One of the latest luminaries in the world of grand opera is an Orthodox mother of four from Brooklyn.

    In the male-dominated world of opera composition, Deborah Drattell is a rarity, but from childhood she never doubted she would excel in the world of...

  • Beyond ‘Avinu Malkeinu’

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    To most people, "Jewish music" is something familiar: the "Avinu Malkeinu" they hear every Rosh Hashana, a Yiddish lullaby or the theme from "Schindler's List."

    Neal Brostoff thinks way outside that particular box.

    Brostoff is the impresario responsible for "Beyond Bim-Bam: New...

  • Jewish Drama Abounds

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In the last weeks of spring, Jewish-themed theater is busting out all over Los Angeles:

    In his one-man show, "...But First, Sammy Shore," the eponymous Borscht Belt stand-up comic describes opening for Elvis; life with his son, Pauly; founding the Comedy Store with his ex-wife,...

  • Musical Gift

    By Beverly Gray

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Anya Karlin has been fascinated with opera since the age of 4, when she was invited to join the cast of "Madame Butterfly." At 10, while performing in a Chanukah concert, she discovered the joys of singing in Yiddish. Dressed as a maidel from Eastern Europe, she crooned "Maz'l," a...

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