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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights


This week is not just about present performance, but also contains elements of our musical future, with two events in particular offering a glimpse of up-and-coming talent:

First, NATS-LA hosts a recital by their Young Artist of the Year, baritone TYLER REECE. Reece is a doctoral candidate at UC Santa Barbara, and will perform on Saturday afternoon with pianist MANDEE MADRID-SIKICH at Oneonta Congregational Church in South Pasadena. Tickets are very affordable, so tell your students and fellow vocal junkies to be there. For basic information, click here

Next, PASADENA SCHUBERTIADE’s chamber version of Madama Butterfly features local performers and two winners of the org’s Lieder Competition from earlier this year. Event proceeds will support the next competition as well, so you get to enjoy Puccini’s music and pay it forward at the same time. The Schubertiade is a relatively young endeavor, founded in 2012, but has gathered some of the finest young voices in the area, including KELSEY BOESCHE as Cio-Cio-San and ARNOLD GEIS as Pinkerton. The rest of the cast includes STEVE PENCE, ADRIEN RAYNIER, JOSE MEZA, BABATUNDE AKINBOBOYE, and VICTORIA J. FOX, all accompanied by pianist WENDY CALDWELL. Learn more about the organization and the production, and get tickets to the 9/19 gala or the 9/20 performance by clicking here

Also opening this week is another Puccini gem: the poignant and unforgettable Suor Angelica, with rising star soprano NATALIE MANN in the title role, presented RIVERSIDE LYRIC OPERA. A powerful story in just one act, the convent is joined by an aristocratic young woman who must find hope in heartache. Two performances, 9/18 and 9/20. Get details on their website

There’s more on the calendar, of course, with a concert by ALAN CHAPMAN and KAREN BENJAMIN in Pasadena; an appearance by world-class tenor RENE BARBERA to kick off SAN DIEGO OPERA’s season; and stellar diva ANGELA GHEORGHIU on the Broad Stage. For the vocal events calendar, click here

Continuing

Thru 9/20 — Verdi’s Falstaff, Pacific Opera Project

Thru 9/27 — Gianni Schicchi/Pagliacci, LA Opera

Coming up

Another way to see the future is to (quickly) grab tickets for the ‘Hopscotch’ previews offered by THE INDUSTRY, one of the most highly anticipated opera productions in recent memory. The regular run of this groundbreaking “car opera”, featuring music by six different composers, is from 10/31 to 11/15, but previews start Oct 4. However, this world premiere conceptual show has already been garnering national attention for some time, so tickets will sell out very quickly: if you want to ride in one of the 24 cars, you’ll need to snag one of only 2000 tickets available for the entire run, just as soon as you can. More of a spectator (or watching your shekels)? You can watch the video screens from the central hub for free — no tickets required. Read more about the opera that moves all over the city on The Industry’s website.

or, to get a better sense of what it’s all about, see the trailer on YouTube

The year is just getting started, so hang on to your chapeaux. As always, thank you for supporting live singing!

Lauri D. Goldenhersh


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*This post echoed from the weekly vocal events column in the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter. The original is a text-based email newsletter, so images, links and details may differ in this enhanced version.

 

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