A tail’s tale, a flying rodent, and a Requiem smorgasbord

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Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights
Was that a splash?


It has to be one of several new things opening this very spooky weekend:

Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab.  Photo: Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera
Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab. Photo: Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

The white whale comes to Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday night, as LA OPERA opens their long-awaited run of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick. If you’re not sure about modern opera, this one may be a good bet, as Heggie’s score has been noted by many to be almost an homage to Puccini. The music is beautiful, Gene Scheer‘s libretto hits the mark, and Herman Melville’s ultimate curmudgeon, Captain Ahab, is played by baritone JAY HUNTER MORRIS (pictured), a favorite of SoCal operagoers, and playing what is becoming one of his most iconic roles. I’ll be live-tweeting from the dress rehearsal tonight, so you can hear a bit more about the production: check Twitter for #MobyDick. For tickets and details, click here

Opera’s favorite costume ball seems tailor-made for Halloween, and REPERTORY OPERA COMPANY’s production of Die Fledermaus (“The Bat”, which is so apropos) is right on time. The comical classic is much beloved (so much that CELESTIAL OPERA also performed a concert version last weekend), and is double-cast, so feel free to see it more than once so you can see all the talent. Learn more

And of course, after nearly a month of previews, THE INDUSTRY launches their “car opera”, Hopscotch on Saturday, with multiple routes, a weekly lottery for low-cost tickets, and a central hub where you can watch all the action for free. Seriously — don’t miss this. The cast is full of Listers, and this work of collaborative performance art is groundbreaking, multi-faceted and won’t soon be forgotten.  Read our interview with director YUVAL SHARON on the Singerpreneur blog.

timepieceREMINDER: Time changes on Sunday morning at 2am! Take advantage of that extra hour of sleep, or use it to “fall back” all of your timepieces. (You do still have timepieces, right?)

Of course, November is All Souls’ month, and requiem rep abounds in churches across the land. Sunday includes Mozart’s mass for the dead from the DREAM ORCHESTRA in Santa Monica; music by Victoria, Howells, Taverner and Jennifer Logan from PASADENA PRO MUSICA; Brahms’ German Requiem with PACIFIC CHORALE in the OC; the less-often presented Requiem in C-minor by Cherubini by combined choirs in Santa Monica; and similar events all over. Be sure to check websites for musically active churches near you — they may have forgotten to send us a notice of their events, and there is plenty going on!

May your Halloween weekend be filled with sweetness and fun. Don’t let your alter ego get the best of you… and thank you (both) 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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