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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

Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 14, 2019

LA Phil catches fire with a pan-American concert of old favorites and a world premiere.

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Artist Spotlight
October 7, 2019

The Broadway baritone talks Light in the Piazza at LA Opera and a path not taken at the Met years ago.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 7, 2019

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s raucous Gershwin concerto, and Copland’s Appalachian Spring make for a summery opener at Disney Hall.

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October 1, 2019
The rapier-witted, cantankerous, prizewinning classical-music critic for the LA Times died Sept. 29.
Feature Article
September 28, 2019

Move over Hollywood, there’s a new 800-pound gorilla on the block.

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Opera Review
September 16, 2019

Strong performances bolster Barrie Kosky’s edgy production of the Puccini favorite.

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Artist Spotlight
September 9, 2019

The new production opens LA Opera’s season on Sept. 14.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
August 25, 2019

Laura Karpman literally throws in the kitchen sink on a commissioned premiere for the orchestra.

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Opera Review
August 20, 2019

This Japan-England-America mashup will be very welcome to opera fans.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
July 19, 2019

Dudamel and the LA Phil team with LA Dance Project for an exhilarating take on Prokofiev’s ballet.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
July 16, 2019

Composer Thomas Adès and choreographer Wayne McGregor collaborate on The Dante Project.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
July 16, 2019

Paolo Bortolameolli teams with Siudy Garrido and the LA Phil for a passionate performance of Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo.

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Festival Review
June 25, 2019

This month-long festival abounds in star power.

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Opera Review
June 14, 2019

Yuval Sharon and the LA Phil revive Meredith Monk’s visionary opera.

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Festival Review
June 11, 2019

The soprano/conductor’s musical versatility dominated the festival’s evening concerts.

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Opera Review
June 3, 2019

Vocal performances are the strong suit in the fledgling company’s inaugural production.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 3, 2019

The orchestral portion of LA Phil’s third-annual new-music marathon played it too safe.

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Artist Spotlight
May 30, 2019

The Canadian soprano/conductor talks about her approach to directing this year’s festival and about balancing her dual roles.

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Chamber Music Review
May 28, 2019

Selections from Lutosławski to Mozart provide a reverse history of the instrument.

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Opera Review
May 21, 2019

The world premiere suffers from an overabundance of themes, creative voices, and rain.

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