Reviews

Critical Acclaim for LA Opera’s Ring Operas conducted by James Conlon

Das Rheingold

“Conlon conducted a respectful, sweeping performance. He got lush and lovely textures from the orchestra…”

The Los Angeles Times

Das Rheingold

“…musically, there’s much to admire, from the strong conducting of James Conlon and the high quality of the orchestra to excellent work by some individual singers.”

Associated Press

Das Rheingold

“James Conlon led the L.A. Opera Orchestra in a calm and possessed reading in the pit. At first, it seemed a little too poised, but then it became clear. This was an intimate, detailed unexaggerated, almost chamber music reading, clean and pure.”

Orange County Register
Tim Mangan
February 22, 2009

Das Rheingold

“In an attempt to simulate the ambience of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, black fabric covered the pit, hiding the orchestra. What emerged from the unseen ensemble was sublime. Music director James Conlon elicited supreme performances from his players that hit the mark throughout, from the mystical opening evocation of the Rhine to the shimmering entrance of the gods into their new, fateful home.”

Opera News
Carl Byron
February 21, 2009

Die Walküre

“The musical performance was strong over all, with James Conlon drawing dark-hued, weighty and supple playing from the orchestra.” http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/arts/music/10oper.html?scp=7&sq=james+conlon+review&st=nyt” target=“Blank

The New York Times
Anthony Tommasini
April 9, 2009

Die Walküre

“James Conlon leads the L.A. Opera Orchestra in a polished, well paced and intelligent account of the score. Intimacy, clarity and balance are his thing, and he never allows momentum to sag.” http://www.ocregister.com/entertainment/freyer-87770-wagner-ring.html” target=“Blank

Orange County Register
Tim Mangan
April 5, 2009

Siegfried

“Mr. Conlon drew resonant, colorful playing from the orchestra…”  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/09/arts/music/09siegfried.html?scp=5&sq=james+conlon+review&st=nyt” target=“Blank

The New York Times
Anthony Tommasini
October 8, 2009

Siegfried

“In the guise of a controversial new production, what director-designer Achim Freyer, music director James Conlon and Los Angeles Opera have actually achieved is a moving, sympathetic Siegfried that faithfully serves the music, the text and the psychological intent of the third installment of Wagner’s Ring cycle…Conlon’s conducting was generous and thoroughly considered. As ferocious and fast as much of this music has to be, he was always able to finagle it into a loving relationship with the singing.”
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Opera News
Margaret Sharp
October 11, 2009

Photo: Chester Higgins