Diverse joys

There never was anything useful or great, about which men have not differed. — Origen of Alexandria Music is one of the most restorative forces in the world, and it’s coming your way. LA Opera launched their production of Tannhäuser this week, and there are beautiful things to come from Jouyssance and Pacific Opera Project … Read more

In praise of partnerships

This is not a post about romance. But it might be about loneliness. Don’t worry, dear Listers – I’m fine. No cry for help here. But I’ve been keenly aware lately that the pandemic has left a lot of very creative people adrift, and even now that the light is shining through the clouds, there … Read more

Falling into place

It’s mostly SoCal’s larger presenting organizations who are making a splash right now, and that’s to be expected. We’re hearing great things about LAO’s Il Trovatore in DTLA, but Independent Opera Company dives in this weekend with a fundraiser to build their future, and the LA Master Chorale launches their new season with a program … Read more

Chakras and singing

[Editor’s note: Kirk Averitt is a conductor, vocalist and educator and is relatively new to the Listerhood. He has brought us some intriguing ideas and different ways to think about singing. Here, Kirk shares some of his recent experiences with yoga and chakra theory. We encourage you to join in the conversation by commenting below. … Read more

Mom wisdom

My mother loves owls, which I have always thought rather apt. She is a very wise woman. Of course, she thinks she’s completely ordinary, which just makes her insights into the rest of the world more potent. So here’s a quote — not because I love my mommy (which I do), but because she reminded … Read more

Two films (sort of) about singing, Part 1

Lauri reviews Amazon’s “Annette”, a difficult film that includes a lot of singing and poses many problems as it creates a glorious cinematic journey.

Big staffing announcements (plural!) at LA Opera

After 14 years, this is Grant Gershon’s last season at LA Opera. With Conlon’s contract extended and a new baton-wielder from Columbia taking over as Resident Conductor, there are big changes afoot. No announcement yet as to who will take over as chorusmaster, a role which Mr. Gershon also holds through this 2021-22 season. But … Read more

Calling all word-loving Singerpreneurs!

The pandemic has thrown us all for a loop, but it has made it clear that we need each other. For this and many other reasons, I’m looking to build an active blog with multiple voices, so our readers can benefit from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds. We’re getting organized around this idea, and … Read more

Group Coaching goes monthly

We started it last year, and our Group Coaching program has been a fascinating experience. I could throw a lot of marketing hype at you, but with the proliferation of “coaches” in today’s world, I’d rather paint a picture. What we do here is a little different: Imagine 4 to 6 people in a Zoom … Read more

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