Author: Mark Swed

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Los Angeles Opera opens its new season with its politically charged 2006 production of Verdi's expansively great "Don Carlo," focusing on terrorism, religious extremism and... [Read More]
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Besides good ideas, brilliant music directors and great architecture, how - or better why — did an outlier from a supposed cultural wasteland become the... [Read More]
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The new CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Simon Woods, talks about his perspective for the orchestra and what it is like to follow in... [Read More]
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Olga Neuwirth's startlingly mysterious 2003 opera, "Lost Highway,"based on David Lynch's startlingly mysterious film gets a new by L.A.'s most provocative and (after his Bayreuth... [Read More]
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Olga Neuwirth's startlingly mysterious 2003 opera, "Lost Highway,"based on David Lynch's startlingly mysterious film gets a new by L.A.'s most provocative and (after his Bayreuth... [Read More]
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Anika Noni Rose, Ioan Gruffudd and Asia Kate Dillon lend their readings of Shakespeare to the annual summer celebration, but it's the L.A. Phil's Gustavo... [Read More]
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Please don't kid yourself that you will be able to escape the sweaty reach of Leonard Bernstein this weekend. Had he not smoked like... [Read More]
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What would have been Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday is this weekend, and a wave of reissues, new recordings, videos and books sheds light on late-career... [Read More]
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Fifty Hollywood Bowl summers ago, Itzhak Perlman, 23 and already pegged to be the next great violinist, made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut playing the... [Read More]
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Our critic takes in two very outsider works: O-Lan Jones' "Cynosemma: A Dirge From the Dog's Tomb" (described as opera ripped from the myth of... [Read More]
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I watched the 1998 Grammy Awards broadcast out of a sense of duty, catching whatever classical bones might be thrown, figuring I needed to know... [Read More]
With the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers' forthcoming stadium certain to transform Inglewood, a $14.5 million renovation of an abandoned bank building a mile away... [Read More]
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Our critic looks at plans for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Frank Gehry-designed YOLA Center,  unveiled Wednesday, which promises to educate the underserved, bring more children of... [Read More]
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The weather was nervous-making that summer evening 73 years ago when the first atomic bomb was tested at a remote desert site a little more... [Read More]
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The other day a friend on holiday in Bergen texted a photo of a pigeon perched on the head of a statue of the city's... [Read More]
Tags: Review - Bowl - Grieg
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That was fast. It's only the third week of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's classical concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, and the adventure and ambition... [Read More]
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The annual summer New Original Works Festival at REDCAT has caught on. Close to 150 applications from local artists were received for the 15th iteration... [Read More]
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The opening day of the Bayreuth Festival is always July 25; it is Germany's most exclusive cultural event of the year. Chancellor Angela Merkel is... [Read More]
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Having maintained a residence in the Hollywood Hills as a part-time refuge from London, the British composer Thomas Adès can usually be counted on to... [Read More]
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From its earliest days, the Hollywood Bowl has thought of itself as a Hollywood-size opera house. And why not? Opera likes all things outsize. Full... [Read More]
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