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A double bill from Los Angeles Opera
impresses MARIA NOCKIN

 

It was a spring weekend in Los Angeles and the cool breezes were blowing through the many coloured flowering trees. On both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, the music centre was flooded with tourists and opera goers enjoying the plaza before the show. Saturday night brought out long gowns and stiletto heels for the Western Hemisphere première of Franz Schreker's The Stigmatized ('Die Gezeichneten'). Many of the same people returned looking a little less formal for Sunday's second performance of the final opera of Richard Wagner's Ring: Götterdämmerung.

We all know a great deal about Wagner (1813-1883), but Schreker (1878-1934) is a new name to most American opera goers...

Copyright © 18 April 2010 Maria Nockin,
Arizona USA

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Further performances:

LA Opera's Götterdämmerung can be seen on Wednesday 21 April at 5.30pm and Sunday 25 April 2010 at 1pm. The whole Ring cycle can be seen on various combinations of dates from 29 May until 26 June 2010. Further details at laoperaring.com

Further reading:

Maria Nockin reviews Los Angeles Opera's performances of the first three operas in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, and Siegfried.

Giuseppe Pennisi reviews the Italian première of Schreker's Die Gezeichneten

LOS ANGELES OPERA

FRANZ SCHREKER

DIE GEZEICHNETEN

RICHARD WAGNER

GOETTERDAEMMERUNG

AUSTRIA

GERMANY

LOS ANGELES

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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