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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s
Good to be back! Things are likely to be a little light on the calendar for the next couple of weeks, as many performing organizations are still rebooting after the holidays. But what wonderful things are in store in the meantime…
This weekend marks the arrival of an operatic dynamic duo at the Broad Stage, with Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez and Mexican tenor Ramon Vargas, both Grammy winners and known to LA Opera’s audiences, singing opera arias and songbook selections. Both performers are known for their considerable charm on stage as well as their vocal skills, and this promises to be a memorable evening. Get details and tickets by clicking here.
For something with even more spirit (forgive the pun), grab a seat for Pacific Opera Project‘s much anticipated ‘Turn of the Screw‘, part of the Britten 100/LA celebration. This setting of Henry James’ classic ghost story is a treat, full of dark themes and lush singing, and we’re looking forward to seeing what director Josh Shaw and conductor Stephen Karr have come up with. The show opens Saturday — get details by clicking here.
Sunday’s concert from Dilijan Chamber Music is a 75th birthday party for prolific composer Tigran Mansurian, and includes an array of selections from his evocative oeuvre. As always, their performers are drawn from the best in the area, and vocal works on this program will be sung by soprano Shoushik Barsoumian. The concert also features pianist Mark Robson, clarinetist Phil O’Connor, violinist Movses Pogossian, violist Robert Brophy and cellist Antonio Lysy, with Vatsche Barsoumian conducting. This will be a good one. For more info, click here.
The weekend also includes two performances of a ‘Franco-Flemish Twelfth Night‘ from Jouyssance, for an early 2014 early music fix; and an appearance by the Los Angeles Muses at Sunday’s ‘Amici della musica‘ event from Center Stage Opera. These muses are three beauties with serious classical chops, but who can also really swing. No doubt a fun time (with great food) for all.
‘The Merry Widow‘ from Independent Opera Company; a spectacular Bach B Minor Mass from LA MASTER CHORALE (as well as their 50th Anniversary Gala — congrats, folks!); Duke Ellington’s ‘Queenie Pie‘ at Long Beach Opera; a local appearance from the Harvard Glee Club; and of course, plenty more.
2014 is looking goooood… Stay healthy, y’all, and thanks for supporting live singing!
Lauri D. Goldenhersh
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