Riccardo Muti

Grammys: Classical nominations for L.A. Opera's 'Versailles,' L.A. Phil's '200 Motels'

Grammys: Classical nominations for L.A. Opera's 'Versailles,' L.A. Phil's '200 Motels'

As easy as it is to zing the Grammy classical awards year after year for predictability, sentimentality and the fact that no one person or group of nominators can possibly hear every single release, one has to admit that this year’s crop has some pretty worthy nominations.

Strong representation from the West this year includes Los Angeles Opera’s recording of John Corigliano’s wonderful Figaro fantasy, “The Ghosts of Versailles,” and Santa Fe Opera’s recording of Jennifer Higdon’s melodramatic Civil War tale, “Cold Mountain,” both nominated in the opera recording category.  They will be competing with a beautifully sung, screwball Salzburg Whitsun Festival...

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