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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights

What a week! We’re blessed with many operas and concerts this week, so choosing your schedule will be especially difficult, as we’re truly spoiled for choice.  (I’m out of town this week, and hate that I’m missing so many amazing events!)  Just a few highlights — be sure to check the calendar for much, much more:

OPERA SANTA BARBARA brings contemporary opera’s landmark A Streetcar Named Desire to the beautiful Granada Theatre for two performances only.  This memorable opera by André Previn is, of course, based on the tumultuous play by Tennessee Williams, and is for mature audiences.  Get tickets if you can — performances are Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.  Learn more

A unique medieval drama comes to St. John’s Cathedral with CANTORIS LOS ANGELES, who will perform Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum, her only dramatic work.  Directed and produced by PATRICIA MCKEE, NED TIPTON and KATINA MITCHELL, an ensemble of 15 performers will present this historic allegorical work on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Get tickets and details

Other stage works across the Southland include SAN DIEGO OPERA’s season finale, as members of LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO perform El Pasado Nunca se Termina (The Past is Never Finished), part of the city’s Mariachi Week celebration.  Halley’s Comet becomes the catalyst for social and political turbulence that will make you think, and give you a chance to hear the esteemed MARIACHI VARGAS DE TACALITLÁN.  Come early to enjoy the other festivities before the show.  Click here

There’s also

  • the irresistibly campy Hercules vs. Vampires from LA OPERA (just three performances)
  • Cosi fan tutti from REDLANDS OPERA THEATER
  • Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with the ENGLISH BAROQUE SOLOISTS in Orange County
  • and Iphégenie en Tauride at USC

Finally, kudos on the celebrated return of CELESTIAL OPERA, who start their run of the classic double bill, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci in South Pasadena. Directed by JOSH SHAW and under the baton of TIMOTHY LEON, this much-anticipated re-emergence runs through May 9.  Visit Celestial’s website for more details.

Don’t forget the choral music, with these just to start:

  • Award-winning VOCO NOVO comes to Pasadena
  • Music from Russia’ is performed at Pomona College with TRIO LYKOS
  • A concert of ‘Hidden Gems’ from VERDI CHORUS is revealed in Santa Monica.
  • A free community concert from VOX FEMINA takes place in Culver City on Sunday…

….and so much more.  It’s definitely the season for big spring concerts.  Don’t plan on staying home next week, either, as the next month or so will be seriously packed.

Enjoy the hubbub, stay hydrated, and thank you for supporting live singing!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh


Thru 4/25 — Figaro Unbound (Various events), LA OPERA (& partner orgs) Click here for full schedule.

Thru 5/3 — The Discord Altar, OPERAWORKS — Get tickets now

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*This post echoed from Lauri’s 4/23/15 column in the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter. The original is a text-based email newsletter, and images, links and details may differ here.


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