Long Beach Opera cancels ‘Stimmung’ amid organizational strife

Long Beach Opera has canceled all performances of the upcoming ‘STIMMUNG’, amid controversy and staff resignations. We share their official statement and wish everyone involved the best.

Annual event celebrates community around art and science

Press release from San Diego outlines “Life Sciences Night” coming on March 29, 2022, around a performance of Gounod’s ‘Roméo et Juiette’.

Taking Stockhausen to the stage: Long Beach Opera

Long Beach Opera launches new production of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ‘Stimmung’, a revered but controversial a cappella choral work from 1968. The show runs March 19-27, 2022 in Long Beach.

About that love thing…

It’s been an incredibly long day, but I couldn’t let Valentine’s Day slip away without a few words. Beloved or maligned, this holiday stirs up big emotions. Do something this whole week that reminds you how valuable you are, and how much you value the people in your life. Valentine’s Day has become about more … Read more

NEA award for local choir

Some organizations are so consistently excellent that it’s not surprising when major funders sit up and take notice. Vox Femina is definitely one of those ensembles. Congratulations to all the folks at Vox, as well our own Christina Whitten Thomas, for this exciting collaboration and well-deserved recognition! Press release attached below VOX Receives NEA Award … Read more

One of classical radio’s titans hangs up his mic

We wish a fond farewell to KUSC host Jim Svejda, who has announced his retirement after many years on the air. Jim has been one of the most familiar voices in SoCal classical music for decades, and the station officially announced the news this week. Here’s the release, or you can read the original here. … Read more

Two films (sort of) about singing, Part 1

Lauri reviews Amazon’s “Annette”, a difficult film that includes a lot of singing and poses many problems as it creates a glorious cinematic journey.

Big staffing announcements (plural!) at LA Opera

After 14 years, this is Grant Gershon’s last season at LA Opera. With Conlon’s contract extended and a new baton-wielder from Columbia taking over as Resident Conductor, there are big changes afoot. No announcement yet as to who will take over as chorusmaster, a role which Mr. Gershon also holds through this 2021-22 season. But … Read more

Calling all word-loving Singerpreneurs!

The pandemic has thrown us all for a loop, but it has made it clear that we need each other. For this and many other reasons, I’m looking to build an active blog with multiple voices, so our readers can benefit from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds. We’re getting organized around this idea, and … Read more

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