Mark Swed

Mark Swed has been the classical music critic of the Los Angeles Times since 1996. Before that, he was a music critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and the Wall Street Journal and has written extensively for international publications. Swed is the author of the book-length text to the best-selling iPad app, “The Orchestra,” and is a former editor of the Musical Quarterly. He was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in criticism.
Review: Esa-Pekka Salonen and Peter Sellars create Stravinsky myths for our time

The final and most elaborate of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s L.A. Phil Stravinsky programs includes a staging by Peter Sellars of “Persèphone.”

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Want the West Coast’s best in opera? You have to go to Europe

Why is it that to see what’s new and bold and mattering most in American opera, you have to go overseas? Our most important directors, composers and singers are getting opportunities abroad that they simply don’t have at home.