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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

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.
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 7, 2014

A program from Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic titled “in/Sight” features an inaugurate a five-concert series of video artist collaborations shakes the Disney Hall Rafters.

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Chamber Music Review
November 3, 2014
At the Cal Arts REDCAT theater in Los Angeles, David Rosenboom and percussionist William Winant performed a technologically updated version of Zones of Influence.
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Feature Article
October 28, 2014

From vampires to a neglected John Corigliano work, this season at L.A. Opera bears the stamp of the companyʼs advenurous CEO.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 25, 2014

Kajai Saariaho’s Earth Shadows Receives American Premiere with Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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Feature Article
October 22, 2014

Looking for the next David Daniels, a countertenor who can make a strong dramatic impression in leading Handel roles? He may have been discovered at this summer’s Operalia Competition.

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Feature Article
September 2, 2014

The vocal competition equivalent of the Olympics, also the audition of a lifetime, Operalia in L.A. paraded an all-star roster of young talent in front of scouts from the world’s biggest opera houses. 

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 25, 2014

The third presentation of the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy from the L.A. Phil of Così fan tutte is a musical triumph and an operatic delight of the first magnitude.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 12, 2014

The “Minimalist Jukebox,” a grand exploration of minimalism, is spinning Los Angeles itself. Two days belonged to the man who started it all: Terry Riley.

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Feature Article
March 25, 2014

The Los Angeles Philharmonic does another deep dive into contemporary American music with its “Minimalist Jukebox” festival.

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Opera Review
March 15, 2014

A moving, masterful production of John Adams’ Death of Klinghoffer raises vital political and religious issues that refuse to die.

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Feature Article
February 19, 2014

The famous psychological horror story reimagined as an oratorio by teenagers at the Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts.

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News Report
October 21, 2013

It’s been a long road, but Frank Zappa’s magnum opus has finally been reconstructed and is given a semistaged production, complete with video, this week at Disney Hall.

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News Report
October 2, 2013

For 16 years, Los Angeles sweated over the creation of glorious, glamourous Walt Disney Concert Hall. Then it opened and the city celebrated. Ten years later, the celebrations continue.

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