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LA Opera’s “El Gato Montés: The Wildcat”

LA Opera’s “El Gato Montés: The Wildcat”

Plácido Domingo brings zarzuela gem to L.A. Opera “El Gato Montés: The Wildcat” (a review) by Bondo Wyszpolski Spain is known for many things, from sangria to Segovia, but not for its operas. Oh, but what about “Carmen”? “Carmen,” my friend, is French. There is, however, the zarzuela, which is closer to an old Spanish […]

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Mozart’s “Clemency of Titus” at LA Opera

Mozart’s “Clemency of Titus” at LA Opera

“The Clemency of Titus” – an opera review by Bondo Wyszpolski If we open the door a little to allow in every last child, there are 17 operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, of which seven actually get to sit at the table of the operatic repertoire. Of these seven brothers and sisters, “The Clemency of […]

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“Satyagraha” shimmers on the opera stage

“Satyagraha” shimmers on the opera stage

“Satyagraha” by Philip Glass at LA Opera, a review by Bondo Wyszpolski A fantasia or meditation on the life of Mohandas Gandhi might not seem like the ideal choice for an opera, but “Satyagraha,” which Philip Glass composed nearly 40 years ago (it premiered in 1980), is musically spellbinding. It is also, in this co-production […]

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Don’t Look Back: Orpheus and Eurydice

Don’t Look Back: Orpheus and Eurydice

Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice” at LA Opera (a review) by Bondo Wyszpolski Would the composer Christoph Willibald Gluck ever have imagined that “Orpheus and Eurydice,” his myth-based opera that explores the depths (literally, in this case) some of us will go for love, would one day be upstaged by a painting? And so we’ll begin […]

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“Salome” : LA Opera’s decadent delight

“Salome” : LA Opera’s decadent delight

“Salome” – Ah, the madness! by Bondo Wyszpolski Now, here’s an opera that doesn’t try and do too much, despite its many dysfunctional relationships and the way it encloses the viewer in an atmosphere of the exotic and the erotic. When Richard Strauss premiered “Salome” in 1905 it was unlike any opera the world had […]

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LA Opera: The Scream of the Butterfly

LA Opera’s “Madame Butterfly” (a review) by Bondo Wyszpolski Sometimes we go to experience an opera we’ve never seen before, and at other times we go because it’s a work we’ve seen many times and are familiar with the libretto and score. In the latter case it’s not so much the novelty as it is […]