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Jim Farber

Jim Farber wrote his first classical music review in 1982 for the Los Angeles Jewish Journal. Since then, he has been a feature writer and critic of classical music, opera, theater, and fine art for The Daily Variety, the Copley Newspapers and News Service, and the Los Angeles Newspaper Group (Media News).

Articles by this Author

Opera Review
November 8, 2016

Phelim McDermott, the wizard behind the 2007 English National Opera production of Satyagraha, comes through again with a spectacular staging of a brilliant but difficult show.

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Opera Review
November 1, 2016

Artist in residence Matthew Aucoin created and conducted a new pastiche score for F.W. Murnau’s classic film that was surprisingly moving.

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Opera Review
October 21, 2016

It’s hard to come to grips with the new opera presented by L.A. Opera, which may be part of the point.

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Modern Classical Review
October 4, 2016

A 12-hour event, “Noon to Midnight,” showcases the city’s new music scene.

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Artist Spotlight
September 22, 2016

The director who has been reimagining opera for new audiences, trains his sights on the concert hall in a collaboration with the L.A. Philharmonic

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July 12, 2016
The new film provides an inside look at the logic and logistics of the innovative “Opera for the 21st Century.” ...
Feature Article
May 23, 2016

Kaija Saariaho headlines at Ojai and Ojai North this year, sharing time with Tania Leon, Dina El Wedidi, Airuna Sairam, soprano Julia Bullock, and musicologist Susan McClary.

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Opera Review
March 15, 2016

A bold, new opera tells of PTSD and the American and Iraqi casualties of a war we’d like to forget, but can’t.

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Feature Article
March 1, 2016

An opera premiere about a Marine returning from Iraq is grounded in the experiences of a veteran of the recent war.

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Opera Review
November 9, 2015

The Industry once again creates an entirely novel, unrepeatable, music-theater experience.

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Upcoming Concert
October 27, 2015

The city of Los Angeles costars in a new opera from the company that created Invisible Cities.

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Feature Article
September 9, 2015

The ancient art is attracting a new generation of classical musicians.

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Opera Review
June 12, 2015

Dog Days takes Los Angeles Opera into the heart of post-apocalyptic darkness.

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Modern Classical Review
June 2, 2015

The Next on Grand festival offers a wide window into contemporary American music.

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Opera Review
April 25, 2015

Patrick Morganelli’s operatic adaptation of the B-movie turns Italio-Grecian kitsch into modern American opera.

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Opera Review
March 3, 2015

Netia Jones, David Henry Hwang, and composer Unsuk Chin combined to make L.A. Philharmonic's Alice a theatrical thrill ride.

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Opera Review
February 10, 2015

Los Angeles Opera breathes new life into John Corigliano’s brilliant, if overlong, opera.

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Opera Review
January 21, 2015

Tobias Picker's opera is revived by the adventurous, if shoestring-budgeted, Los Angeles company.

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Modern Classical Review
January 19, 2015

The Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series harbors a Frankenstein and other offbeat works conducted by John Adams.

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January 12, 2015
Dylan Mattingly, local product and fast-rising composer, talks about the independent film he has just scored. ...

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