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  • Opera review: 'Amahl and the Night Visitors' at the Pasadena Playhouse [Updated]

     
    Next year marks the centennial of the Italian-born American composer Gian Carlo Menotti, but it can be argued that the celebration occurs about 50 years too late. In the 1950s, Menotti was the toast of opera; his outpourings of cannily...
  • Intimate Opera in residence at Pasadena Playhouse

     
    For 14 years, the Intimate Opera Company was on the move, appearing around the San Gabriel Valley in places including a bookstore-coffee shop, a retirement community and a hotel ballroom. No more. The company says it's becoming the "opera company...

    'Dangerous Beauty' musical coming to Pasadena Playhouse in January

     
    Having recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Pasadena Playhouse said it is currently working on a schedule of productions for the coming seasons. On Monday, the company announced a partial lineup for late 2010 and early 2011. "Dangerous Beauty,...

    Lukas Foss, versatile and prolific American composer, dies at 86

    Lukas Foss, versatile and prolific American composer, dies at 86
    Lukas Foss, the polyglot American composer, conductor and pianist who directed half a dozen Ojai Music Festivals, led marathon concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and succeeded Arnold Schoenberg as head of composition at UCLA, has died. He was 86. Foss died...

    Richard Hickox dies at 60; British conductor led orchestras worldwide

    British conductor Richard Hickox, who made a particular mark in opera and choral music with orchestras around the world, has died, his agent said Monday. He was 60. Hickox died Sunday of a heart attack in a hotel in Cardiff, Wales, said Stephen Lumsden,...