All is Yar shadows James Conlon on November 22, 2013, the centennial of Britten’s birth date, when James conducted four ensembles for two concerts in one day, as part of Britten100/LA: A Celebration.
James Conlon writes about Britten’s opera Billy Budd, which opens at the LA Opera on Saturday, February 22.
“A universe within the universe, it touches upon Britten’s recurrent themes: outrage for the destruction—not just the loss—of innocence; the abdication by civil authorities of their moral authority to the detriment of the weak; and the importance of compassion and its lamentable absence in the affairs of men.”
This month, as part of his three-year commemoration of the centenary of composer Benjamin Britten and Britten 100/LA, James will also conduct The Little Sweep at the Los Angeles High School for the Arts (tomorrow) and give three lectures (starting today) at UCLA for the “Britten and Literature” conference.
In addition to the Clé du Mois award from Res Musica, the recording has received these rave reviews:
“...one of the most gripping, engaging CDs of this new year.” - Res Musica
“James Conlon understands this musical world of decaying romanticism perfectly, and lets the LA Opera Orchestra revel in its luxuriance.” - The Guardian
Reviews available here.
Franz Schreker’s haunting 1915 masterpiece Die Gezeichneten (The Stigmatized) can now be heard in a live recording from LA Opera conducted by James Conlon. LA Opera presented the U.S. premiere of the work in 2010 as part of its Recovered Voices series, dedicated to reviving operas by composers who were suppressed by the Holocaust.