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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
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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Opera Review
May 6, 2019

Plácido Domingo spearheads L.A. Opera’s brilliant production of the zarzuela classic.

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Opera Review
April 29, 2019

Contemporary agitprop meets Philip Glass’s Kafkaesque opera.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 22, 2019

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Peter Sellars explore the lost world of Persèphone.

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Modern Classical Review
April 16, 2019

The Santa Monica series focuses on a musical crossroads.

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Feature Article
April 15, 2019

With a new production of El Gato Montés, Los Angeles Opera and Plácido Domingo’s campaign to promote Spanish opera picks up speed.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 9, 2019

The violinist’s exuberant performance overshadowed the rest of the concert.

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Opera Review
April 9, 2019

POP’s striking new production features a bilingual libretto.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 26, 2019

Mozart sets the stage, with Jeffrey Kahane returning to the podium — and the piano.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 11, 2019

The premiere of Adams’s new piano concerto is devilish fun.

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Opera Review
March 9, 2019

Bryce Dessner’s Triptych homogenizes the legacy of Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Opera Review
March 5, 2019

James Conlon directs the company premiere of a Mozart masterpiece.

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Artist Spotlight
February 26, 2019

The composer/guitarist’s Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) premieres with the LA Phil’s New Music Group.

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Opera Review
February 26, 2019

Rod Gilfry takes an astonishing solo turn in the West Coast premiere of David Lang’s new opera.

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