James Conlon’s Final May Festival

James Conlon’s storied 37-year tenure as the Music Director of the Cincinnati May Festival officially comes to a close this year. The 2016 May Festival opened on May 20, 2016 and closes on May 28, 2016.

The 2016 May Festival pays homage to Mr. Conlon’s unprecedented tenure, with programs that recall artistic milestones and audience favorites from the past four decades.

Read features about Mr. Conlon’s final May Festival here and keep up with the May Festival reviews here.

Critical Acclaim for “Madame Butterfly”

The LA Opera’s production of Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” opened on Saturday, March 12 and ran until Sunday, April 3.

The critics raved:

“James Conlon and the LA Opera Orchestra beautifully conveyed the shifting moods of the score as we sat, hypnotically transported to the Japan of Puccini’s imaginings.” (Jane Rosenberg, Seen and Heard International)

“James Conlon conducted with theatrical urgency, and the L.A. Opera orchestra, which obviously knows this score well, played magnificently.” (Mark Swed, LA Times)

“No surprise, conductor James Conlon and the LA Opera orchestra are magnificent.” (Karen Weinstein, Culture Vulture)

“The orchestra is magnificent under James Conlon.” (Georja Umano, LA Splash)

Read more reviews here and here.

“The Magic Flute” in Review

The LA Opera’s revival of Kosky and Andrade’s silent-movie version of “The Magic Flute” opened on Saturday, February 13 and ran until Sunday, March 6.

Critics have called it “a delight” (Mark Swed, The LA Times), “a grand spectacle… that was neither exhaustive nor timid” (Arya Roshanian, The Daily Trojan), “over and over again ‘awesome’” (Lyle Zimskind, LAist) and “every bit a “must see”” (Jim Farber, Los Angeles Daily News).

Don’t miss the production that “has helped trigger newfound interest in [The Magic Flute] even among audiences who don’t normally go to the opera.” (Falling James, The LA Weekly). As a bonus, Mr. Conlon offers “another excellent pre-game pep talk” that’ll have you “sorry when the opera’s about to start and he has to take his leave” (Patrick Mack, Parterre Box).

Read more reviews here.

Upcoming Performances

Cincinnati, Ohio   May 28, 2016

Mendelssohn Elijah

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, California   June 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 2016

Britten, Mozart, Dvořák

Spoleto, Italy   June 24, 26, 2016


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