Classical Pick of the Week: More Opera!
Anna Russell provides a thoughtful analysis of the Ring Cycle (we apologize for the poor video quality). It's a good week for opera fans in LA. If you were interested in watching Wagner's Ring Cycle, now's your chance to take advantage of a great offer. We encourage you to take part in this historic occasion; this is the very first time a festival of this magnitude has taken place in Los Angeles. The LA Opera just announced a reduction in ticket prices (of up to 50%) and a "Design-Your-Own-Ring" option that allows for much more flexibility in watching all four operas (or partial subscriptions for the ones that you didn't get to see). You can also join the city in celebrating this occasion on the 15th with a family-friendly festival, with free films, and other exciting events. You can get more information here. Your support encourages more ambitious projects and could make something like the Ring Cycle a regular occurrence.
If you're looking for something on a smaller scale (or closer to home), the Intimate Opera Company is putting on a performance of Puccini's Tosca this Thursday and Saturday in Duarte. The operas are all in English(!) and student tickets are available. You can also watch the performance on the 16th and 18th in Pasadena at the Sheraton.
As part of the Recovered Voices series, the LA Opera is putting on a performance of The Stigmatized, the very first performance of this opera (or of any opera by Franz Schreker) on our hemisphere. The Recovered Voices series showcases the work of artists who were suppressed or killed by the Nazi regime. There are productions this Saturday at 7:30 PM, with repeat performances on the 18th, 22nd, and 24th. The story contains adult themes (and apparently lots of graphic sex and orgies), so keep your kids at home.