Dream a great, big ‘Dream’

There’s no doubt that the most recent production of Wagner’s ‘Ring Cycle’ at the Met was a monumental undertaking.  But Lepage’s notorious 45-ton “Machine” aside, getting behind the scenes is the best way to get a sense of what really went into a project that could only be a team effort.  Wagner’s Dream is a … Read more

No treat like this retreat

Notes from the Women Singers Retreat — July 11, 2012 Earlier this year, Caroline McKenzie, a longtime Lister and friend (and jaw-dropping soprano to boot) got a bee in her bonnet, and hatched an almost magical plan:  she would put together a day-long “retreat” for female classical singers who had reached or passed the midpoint … Read more

Alex Ruggieri, 1952-2012

Alexander Frank Ruggieri was a man of talent, passion and presence.  With a keen mind, a sincere and abiding love of great music, and a booming bass voice, he was an imposing figure that housed sharp wit and a kind heart.  He was well-known in Southern California and well beyond, as his tenacity and deep knowledge … Read more

Film loves opera… and so we Gather!

Join us for our next Lister “Gathering” this coming Wednesday, July 25 — we’ll meet at 6:15pm in Pasadena’s gorgeous Arclight theater to enjoy the new comedy, “To Rome With Love”.  Woody Allen leads a knockout cast of diverse talent, playing a retired opera director — this is particularly appropriate, of course, in light of … Read more

Keeping music muscles in shape

[From guest blogger and Lister, Amy Engelhardt]   This year. while I spent a chunk of time in New York City, I sought out freelance work at churches and temples for some extra dinero, as I have done for 20+ years subbing for many of YOU sopranos and altos in Los Angeles.  Because I had … Read more

Big, splashy Beethoven at the Bowl

The LA Phil’s summer season opens with Slatkin, LAMC and a host of extras     It’s not “hidden”, but it doesn’t get much better than this:  Leonard Slatkin at the podium, video projections by Herman Kolgen, the LA Master Chorale, and a quartet of soloists including: Rachel Willis-Sørensen. soprano Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano Gordon Gietz. … Read more

New company brings ‘Onegin’ to the Westside

The debut performance of the recently organized Independent Opera Company, led by founder/artistic director, Galina Barskaya, brought an enjoyable reading of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin to Westside audiences, sung in Russian with English supertitles. Tchaikovsky’s lush setting of Pushkin’s beloved novel in verse provides enhanced intensity to the source’s emotional highlights. Much of the libretto is … Read more

Best face forward

When was the last time you looked at your Lister profile?  Full membership has its advantages, but if you’re not keeping your profile updated, you’re missing an opportunity, and maybe even missing out on gigs.  Full members’ profiles are searchable and available to contractors and other members, as they seek to fill roles, solos, subs … Read more

Young singers get a first glimpse

[From guest blogger and Lister, Lisa Wall-Urgero] It’s true, I am absolutely biased. I hold an unfair prejudice for California Lutheran University’s Summer Vocal Institute – affectionately referred to by its faculty and alum as CLUSVI (and pronounced “CLUES-vee”). But as a charter faculty member and principal pianist, I have, you see, earned the right … Read more

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