Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Los AngelesCarmen

Bizet: Carmen
James Conlon; Rob Ashford; LA Opera; David Rockwell; Ana María Martínez; Alexander Vinogradov; Amanda Woodbury

Los AngelesThe Pearl Fishers

Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers)
Plácido Domingo; Penny Woolcock; LA Opera; Grant Gershon; Dick Bird; Nino Machaidze; Javier Camarena

Los AngelesNabucco

Verdi: Nabucco
James Conlon; Thaddeus Strassberger; LA Opera; Mattie Ullrich; Plácido Domingo; Liudmyla Monastyrska

Los AngelesLa Belle et la Bête

Glass: La Belle et la Bête
Michael Riesman; LA Opera; Philip Glass Ensemble; Gregory Purnhagen; Hai-Ting Chinn; Marie Mascari

Los AngelesPersona

Makan: Persona
Evan Zoporyn; Jay Scheib; LA Opera; Caleb Wertenbaker; Oana Botez; Amanda Crider; Lacey Dorn

Los AngelesPlácido Domingo 50th Anniversary Concert

LA Opera Orchestra; James Conlon; Plácido Domingo
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BalletNOW suffers from miscasting

BalletNOW returns to the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center in Los Angeles. The production features dancers from six different major ballet companies, but fails to impress.
***11
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Eifman Ballet: Tchaikovsky Pro et Contra

TCHAIKOVSKY, PRO ET CONTRA is a ballet by Boris Eifman that beautifully examines how Tchaikovsky's internal struggles inspired his amazing music that inspires still.
****1
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A Streetcar named Desire: A Masterpiece

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has created a masterpiece with her A Streetcar Named Desire for Scottish Ballet.
*****
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Los Angeles Dance Festival

Los Angeles Dance Festival 2017 runs for four nights, includes 19 companies and features a highly diverse array of contemporary dance styles.
****1
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Morning Wagner at the LA Phil

Maestro Jordan did not present a cut down version of the score. Every instrument Wagner called for was on stage, even the six harps, but the only sung piece was Brünnhilde’s Immolation. 
*****
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A beautifully sung Tales of Hoffmann at LA Opera

Los Angeles Opera's Tales of Hoffmann survives multiple cast changes to look and sound fabulous, but it drags dramatically.
***11
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