Sketchbook: 19th Century Redux

September is a rather busy month for Jeff Kleeman, technical director at the Los Angeles Opera. He is constantly juggling at least three operas to get the season open, with a revival of Traviata first up, followed by new productions of Don Carlo and Manon in quick succession on stage at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (The Music Center of Los Angeles).

Morality, social revolution, and the conflict between church and state set the stage for Verdi's 1867 opera, Don

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