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Monday, February 22, 2021

Long Beach Opera names pandemic go-to director James Darrah as its next leader by Catherine Womack

James Darrah has emerged as a key figure in the year of COVID-19, leading digital productions for companies in L.A., Boston and beyond.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

‘Madama Butterfly’ like never before: Sung in Japanese and English, with ethnically accurate casting by Catherine Womack

Ah, “Madama Butterfly,” Puccini’s classic operatic tale about a Japanese geisha and an American Navy lieutenant who meet in Nagasaki and fall in love as they sing to each other –– …

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

L.A. Opera and Joffrey Ballet give the Orpheus myth some new moves and a different ending by Catherine Womack

What happens when the soprano has trouble with her pointe shoes? We go into rehearsal with L.A. Opera and the Joffrey as they prepare for Saturday's opening of "Orpheus and Eurydice," LA Ope…

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday Conversation: Melanie Griffith, from 'Working Girl' to Mrs. Robinson by Catherine Womack

The actress says she jumped at the chance to play Mrs. Robinson in a stage version of "The Graduate" at Laguna Playhouse. "Why not?" she asked.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Renée Fleming comes to the L.A. Opera stage with romantic melodies and a message for 'Dreamers' by Catherine Womack

The beloved soprano's one-night-only concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is a mix of opera, Broadway and even a bit of politics at night's end.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

'David Lynch, the Musical'? Not quite, but close, in 'Artaud in the Black Lodge' by Catherine Womack

Beth Morrison has been obsessed with David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” for most her life. The black-clad, raven-haired indie opera producer has watched the original series 12 times. “It’s…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

The opera about Walt Disney, and how Long Beach landed the U.S. premiere of 'The Perfect American' by Catherine Womack

Every good fairy tale has a dark side. Perhaps nobody knew that better than Walt Disney. The creator of “Bambi” and “Snow White” never shied from exploiting the grimmer nature of hum…

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

A race-themed work not performed in L.A. for 67 years is back for a Black Lives Matter era by Catherine Womack

When Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s hit 1949 Broadway production of “Lost in the Stars” went on a nationwide tour, black audience members in many Southern cities were required to wa…

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

The falsetto pharoah: The story behind the powerfully high voice in L.A. Opera's 'Akhnaten' by Catherine Womack

When he was 11, Anthony Roth Costanzo already was a working Broadway actor. He sang in his first opera when he was 13. Since graduating from Princeton and the Manhattan School of Music, he h…

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Her first job out of college: the lead in 'West Side Story' at the Hollywood Bowl by Catherine Womack

Solea Pfeiffer’s last stage role was in a student production of “Guys and Dolls” at the University of Michigan. Her next is at the Hollywood Bowl. Pfeiffer, 21, has been plucked from r…

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Human dissection as opera: It's the REDCAT world premiere of David Lang's 'Anatomy Theater' by Catherine Womack

Less than a week after closing its main stage season with a familiar production of Puccini's "La Bohème," Los Angeles Opera is shifting to the smaller REDCAT for the world premiere Thursday…

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Six playwrights, two dozen actors and one day (and night) to make theater: It's 'The 24 Hour Plays' by Catherine Womack

The all-nighter may be a collegiate rite of passage fueled by vending machine snacks and stale coffee, but this weekend six professional playwrights will willingly set aside their sensible a…

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Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre