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...
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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...
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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...
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Trailer for the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, May 8
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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...
March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pmCritics 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...
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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...
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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...
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...
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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...
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...
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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...
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,...
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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...
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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...
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,...
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