Review: ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’

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Review: Long Beach Opera takes on ‘Klinghoffer.’ Orange County Register, March 19, 2014.

Photo: Keith Ian Polakoff

Video: Giulini conducts Johann Strauss II

Here’s something you don’t see every day: Carlo Maria Giulini conducting the Vienna Symphony in the Emperor Waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr. The sound isn’t great, but who cares?

Review: ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ at L.A. Opera

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Review: An impressive ‘Lucia’ at L.A. Opera. Orange County Register, March 16, 2014.

photo: Robert Millard

Review: Haifa Symphony Orchestra

Review: Haifa Symphony stops on U.S. tour. Orange County Register, March 13, 2014.

San Diego Opera to fold

Very surprising news. This is a distinguished company.

Read here.

Opera trivia question

I can think of only one opera in which the first word sung is also the title … can you name it?

Please do so in the comments section below.

(There may be more than one opera that starts this way, so go ahead and educate me.)

Review: Pacific Symphony plays French repertoire

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Review: Pacific Symphony spends evening in France. Orange County Register, March 7, 2013.

Review: Vienna Philharmonic

The Vienna Philharmonic in the Musikverein in Vienna. Credit:Richard Schuster

Review: Vienna Phil returns with Schubert, Mahler. Orange County Register, March 4, 2014.

photo: Richard Schuster

Review: Garson’s ‘Symphonic Suite for Healing’

Review: Garson’s ‘Symphonic Suite for Healing debuts. Orange County Register, March 2, 21014.

Berlioz: ‘Queen Mab’ scherzo

For all of you who heard Thierry Fischer lead the Pacific Symphony in a fantastic performance of orchestral excerpts from Berlioz’s “Romeo and Juliet” last night, here’s some music he left out: the “Queen Mab” scherzo. It doesn’t serve the plot that much (that’s why Fischer left it out, I presume), but it is the most famous piece from the score, and brilliant to boot.

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