Category Performing Arts


Handel’s Jeptha at Disney Hall the 30th April

By Richard P. Townsend George Frideric Handel’s operas, instrumental music, and oratorios together form one of the pinnacles of Western culture. They are among—along with that of J.S. Bach, Franz Josef Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart—the highest musical expressions of the 18th century. But Handel’s music lives on especially because it marries elegance and virtuosic […]


Adams’ Gospel at LA Philharmonic and on tour March 2013

By Richard P. Townsend John Adams’ most recent music continues to underscore his place as one of today’s most important composers, as work after new work demonstrates not only his musical significance and sophistication but his ability to capture and hold the attention of the listening public. He combines musical relevance and incisive narrative with […]


Wagner’s Flying Dutchman at LA Opera through the 30th March

By Richard P. Townsend This year marks the bicentennial of Richard Wagner’s birth and the 130th anniversary of his death (born 1813 – died 1883). The composer’s Flying Dutchman—premiered in 1843 in Dresden—is Los Angeles Opera’s contribution to the anniversary year.  Although Wagner’s Dutchman is cursed—doomed to wander the seas forever in search of true […]

Berlioz’ Les Troyens at the Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera revives Hector Berlioz’ truly epic opera, Les Troyens, like clockwork every ten years since it finally the presented the opera in 1973. This is perhaps to atone for ignoring the work since its original premiere a century before in Paris in 1863. Even then, it was in truncated form, with only the second […]