Monday (11/15) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, David Ng reports, “Conductor James Conlon will be staying on as music director of the Los Angeles Opera at least through the end of the 2012-13 season, the company said Monday. His contract was set to expire at the end of the current 2010-11 season. Conlon joined L.A. Opera in fall 2006, succeeding conductor Kent Nagano. As music director, Conlon, 60, has helped to raise the profile of L.A. Opera to an international level. He has championed the music of Richard Wagner—spearheading the company’s first-ever production of the entire ‘Ring’ cycle last season—while also inaugurating the Recovered Voices series, which spotlights music by composers whose careers suffered under the Third Reich. To date, Conlon has led 23 different operas at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, according to the company. … He currently serves as music director of the Ravinia Festival in Chicago and the Cincinnati May Festival, in addition to his duties in L.A. In September, tenor Plácido Domingo renewed his contract as general director with L.A. Opera, also through 2013.”

Posted November 16, 2010