Barrie Kosky's production, which will be given its U.S. premiere by Los Angeles Opera, does not promise to be quite as cartoony cute as the company's previous productions of Mozart's beloved singspiel. Rather, the staging has been likened to the off-kilter style of David Lynch, Berlin cabaret and sexy Weimar Republic silent film. Then again, the animation of Paul Barritt, which is clearly the highlight of the production, is, based on the video examples online, adorable.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave.; www.laopera.com
Nov. 24 and 25
The Britten 100 festival taking place throughout L.A. this year to celebrate the British composer's centenary has but one big event this fall. The "War Requiem," Britten's grandest pacifist statement, juxtaposes liturgical texts with "doomed youth" war poetry by Wilfred Owen, who was killed in action a week before the end of World War I. Los Angeles Opera music director and Britten 100-catalyst James Conlon leads performances with members of the Colburn Orchestra and the USC Thornton Symphony, along with university choruses, the Los Angeles Children's Chorus and three notable soloists (soprano Tamara Wilson, tenor Joseph Kaiser and baritone Phillip Addis).
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, $20 - $150; www.philharmonicsociety.org
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave.; www.laphil.com
Nov. 30 and Dec. 1
'Dum Dee Tweedle'
Thanks to the Detroit Symphony and conductor Leonard Slatkin, David Del Tredici's only opera and the final and most over-the-top of his obsessively elaborate "Alice in Wonderland" scores will finally get a full performance. The composer wrote this about the work: "Don't look for a normal plot or a cast of characters consistently sung. Everything, opera-wise, is askew." Then again, Del Tredici happens to be modern music's wizard of the askew.
Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, $15-$100; www.dso.org
Kronos 40th Birthday Concert
It feels as if the Kronos Quartet hasn't stopped for a second during the past 40 years. And the group certainly hasn't stopped for a second during this birthday year, with concerts around the world, endless collaborations and premieres and premieres and more premieres. But the Bay Area has been home to the quartet for most of its long life, and Berkeley is where the celebration will end with the premiere of a new work by Terry Riley, the composer with whom the ensemble has been closest out of the several hundred with which it has worked. Kronos also will play George Crumb's "Black Angels." Written to protest the Vietnam War, this is the piece that inspired the quartet's formation. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, $40-$98; calperformances.org
'Symphonic Prayers and Poems'
The third of Mohammed Fairouz's four symphonies, "Symphonic Prayers and Poems," takes on world issues. The 28-year-old, astonishingly prolific Arab American composer seems to have some of Kremer's and Kennedy's idealism in this work for vocal soloists and chorus, which combines Jewish and Palestinian texts. Also on the program led by Neal Stulberg and featuring the UCLA Philharmonia and University Chorus will be another timely Fairouz work, "Tahrir," a concerto written for and played by the avant-klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer.
Royce Hall, UCLA; $15-$30; cap.ucla.edu