FROM Victoria Newhouse
Opera Reaches New Audiences This Friday night, the Walt Disney Concert Hall will unveil the first of four performances of Don Giovanni . It will have sets designed by architect Frank Gehry, costumes by conceptual clothiers Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte, and Gustavo Dudamel at the podium. It’s the hottest high culture ticket in town—and it is a signature example of how opera and classical music are now repositioning themselves to attract new and younger audiences. The set and costumes are being kept under tight wraps, though Gehry has said he’ll create a “moving still-life on the stage” and he has hinted that there’ll be strong contrasts and abstraction. Thomas Aujero Small writes about the intersection of architecture and music and gives his thoughts on the production, and architectural historian Victoria Newhouse explains how this production demonstrates a new direction in opera and classical music. Small hosts intimate classical music performances in his Culver City home like the Nimbus Ensemble , an LA-based chamber orchestra. He also recommends Chamber Music in Historic Sites , which stages concerts in offbeat, interesting buildings. And through May 27, Crescent City , billed as a "hyperopera," runs at Atwater Crossing. See more new venues for classical music at the DnA blog . Guests gather at Small's home; photo by Jean-Claude Demirdjian Young Riddle introduces Nimbus Ensemble at Small's home; photo by Jean-Claude Demirdjian Garik Terzian performs with Nimbus Ensemble; photo by Jean-Claude Demirdjian Top image: Nimbus Ensemble perform at Thomas Small's house; photo by Jean-Claude Demirdjian
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
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North Korea tests more missiles, Turkey's president gains more power Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.