Goodbye, summer!

bbq skewers veggie Labor Day is one of those holidays that most people don’t actually know much about — except that it might offer an extra day off, for a last dip in the pool and a hamburger the size of your head.  But while the venerable kebab may not hold the spiritual weight of the communion wafer, it’s clear that this time of year is fraught with its very own sense of ritual, what with back-to-school sales, final barbecue gatherings and last-dash trips aplenty.  For singers and other musicians, we’re gearing up for a new season, perhaps preparing for High Holy Days, starting or re-starting after a possible summer hiatus at our church jobs, and generally wondering both where the year has gone and what’s to come.

The calendar may be fairly light, but there’s much to do and much to ponder.  If you have a chance, do start off the season with Nicholas Isherwood‘s marathon master class at Cal State LA on Tuesday — this all-day affair is sure to provide both inspiration and wisdom on the glories and possibilities of singing, and will give you a rare sneak peek to Isherwood’s upcoming book, Techniques of Singing, which will soon be released in an unusual, bilingual (English/German) edition.  Click here for more details.

As September progresses, we look forward to Long Beach Opera’s outing of Lieberson’s “campfire opera”, King Gesar, narrated notably by our own Danielle Marcelle Bond.  This show gets just three performances, and LBO’s events are selling out on a fairly regular basis — don’t miss it!  Go to

POP goes J-pop, as Pacific Opera Project takes Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved Mikado, the irrepressibly kitschy and adorable opera with a decidedly English view of Asian culture, and transforms it in an ultra-modern, high-voltage production that draws on the fashions and sensibilities of Harajuku style, presented with their own infectious energy.  This is a must-see!  Nine performances in two locations — click here for info & tickets.


Coming up: 
  • ROC does Britten’s Albert Herring
  • A master class from the conductor’s perspective from Virginia Opera’s Peter Mark on 9/15
  • Carmen at LA Opera
  • A big kick-off for LA Master Chorale‘s 50th season.

It’s going to be a great year, with more to come! 


UPDATE:  This post has been updated to reflect the correct date for Peter Mark’s upcoming master class — don’t miss it!


Originally published in Next 7 — Vocal events thru 9/12/13

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