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

New podcast episode puts spotlight on collaboration

In the latest from the Singerpreneur Podcast, I spoke with mezzo-soprano Diana Tash about her upcoming performance as sculptor Camille Claudel, and the journey in taking Jake Heggie‘s song cycle to the stage… twice. Diana has long been a role model for singers who want to actively create vibrant projects, and her essential role in … Read more

Change, and change again

We’ve heard about the merits of “fail again; fail better”, and this is close: COVID has certainly taught us to change, and change again, and the last couple of weeks have brought rapid shifts indeed. With guidelines, plans and realities adjusting rapidly, trust that our resilience will see us through. Seems like a good time … Read more

Feeling a little overwhelmed?

The desire to get over the last year and a half and to finally feel merely “whelmed” again is understandable. But while the reinstated mask mandate in Los Angeles County and other areas of the country might get you down, remember that this is a process. We’ll get there, just one step at a time. … Read more

LAMC’s season announcement is our canary in the mine

One of several mid- to large presenting orgs in SoCal’s vocal universe, the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s announcement this week is a welcome sign that plans are moving forward. With a robust season (if a delayed restart of gigs with the LA Phil) and some exciting new projects, this is a season to watch, and … Read more

(Re-)discovering Frederic Rzewski

Sometimes a missed opportunity becomes a new challenge on its own. With the recent and sudden death of composer and pianist Frederic Rzewski, those of us in SoCal have proximal reason to mourn, as the titan was scheduled to be part of Piano Spheres’ upcoming season, and it would have been my first chance to … Read more

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