Tag Archives: Richard Wagner


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 […]

Simon Rattle at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, 3-6 May 2012

By Richard P. Townsend Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic, guest conducted Los Angele’s orchestra last weekend at Disney Hall in a memorable and brilliantly curated program of high Romantic Germanic music: Wagner, Bruckner and Mahler, spiked with a modern piece that demonstrated Ligeti’s connection to the earlier composers. […]