Monthly Archives: September 1991


N.B.: NEW HED THE CLASSICAL COLUMN Fairness demanded a second visit to the Music Center Opera’s “Madama Butterfly” to check out the new tenor, Jorge Antonio Pita, who has replaced Placido Domingo in the role of Lieut. B. F. Pinkerton in five of the six performances. Fairness, however, has also turned out to be service beyond […]


The curtain at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion came down at 11:28 on Saturday night, five hours (minus a couple of minutes) after the start of the Music Center Opera’s production of Berlioz’ “The Trojans.” There were cheers, a few boos, a final cry of “Viva Berlioz!” Lively productions deserve lively audiences. Yes, a few of those […]


Hail, this land of no seasons, where you can go to indoor grand opera one night and the Hollywood Bowl the next. These two cultural manifestations overlapped by one day this year; the Bowl went out with a bang — actually, with several- – this past weekend. A crowd of 17,942 (five short of capacity) […]


The opera season began on Thursday night with all the fixings: gala crowd, sold-out house, Placido Domingo to sing, high-society supper afterwards. Musically, too, the news wasn’t all bad. It wasn’t all good, either. This was the Music Center Opera’s second try at Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” The other one came during the company’s first season, […]