Reviews

“Madame Butterfly” at LA Opera, cont.

March 12, 2016 - April 3, 2016

“At the podium, Maestro Conlon once again showcased his versatility as an artist, achieving an ardent verismic passion from the musicians. In the program notes, Conlon states, “Love and life, lived and lost together, are the elements of melodrama. This common theme is not his exclusive property. But in 12 operas … Puccini filters and distills it in a very personal way, almost exclusively through the agency of the maltreated woman.””

Daily Trojan
Arya Roshanian
March 22, 2016
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“On the homefront, James Conlon conducts with his masterly touch…”

Easy Reader News
Bondo Wyszpolski
March 28, 2016
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“Music Director James Conlon led the LA Opera Orchestra in a reading so full-bodied that it was apparent he had to put the brakes on a few times. I have never been so aware of the careful architecture of the first act love duet and how it restarts itself from nearly the same musical point only to reach a larger symphonic and emotional climax each time.”

Parterre Box
Patrick Mack
March 26, 2016
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“Director Lee Blakeley’s stark, direct production… represents the 10th time the company has presented the piece, and by the time Musical Director James Conlon steers a wonderful cast to the story’s shattering finale, we are thrilled that they did so.”

Frontiers Media
Christopher Cappiello
March 25, 2016
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“...James Conlon wields his baton with all the finesse of a musical samurai, conducting Puccini’s effervescent score.”

Hollywood Progressive
Ed Rampell
March 26, 2016
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“Martinez’ [sic] work was complemented by stellar performances by conductor James Conlon, Italian tenor Stefano Stecco in the role of Pinkerton, Serbian-born Milena Kitic as Suzuki, and Seoul, South Korea native Kihun Yoon, member of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, in the role of Sharpless.”

Los Angeles Informer
Nicole Muj
April 9, 2016
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“James Conlon (conductor)... delivered a first-rate production, which closed this past weekend at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. One suspects connoisseurs and newbies alike were more than satisfied.”

The Examiner
Jordan Young
April 8, 2016
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