Singing the Leprechaun

Vox Femina celebrates St. Paddy with songs spun of gold Vox Femina Los Angeles is a women’s choral organization that is otherwise rather difficult to define. On a mission to sing great choral music and promote their beautifully high ideals (“to create a world that affirms the worth and dignity of every person”) in the … Read more

Olé! beyond borders

Cross-genre performer explores other boundaries, through composers from Spain, France and Brazil Valencia Vas, known as “Heidi” to friends, makes chameleons look bland. Fully classically trained with impressive musical chops, acting ability and a devoted cadre of students, she steps in and out of genres with ease. After overcoming significant obstacles in her own life, … Read more

Opera by magic

Turning songs and story into performance gold With ‘Alchemy of Desire’, these fine and intrepid performers start with an old trunk and a lot of imagination, and craft an entertaining, very modern approach to opera and beyond. This pastiche show strings together diverse works by Massenet, Puccini, Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen, Weill, Glass and more. … Read more

With a capital “E”

  Recital gives “eclectic” label a meaningful workout We probably shouldn’t be surprised: a singer who is also a physicist seems more likely to embrace the mash-up in other areas of his life as well. This program from tenor Jeff Greif and pianist Twyla Meyer promises to be a good specimen of unorthodox thinking, and … Read more

Opera Valentine

Guild Opera comes to Glendale with a valentine to singers There is, perhaps, no company in town with such a storied history as Guild Opera. Founded in 1949, nearly four decades before LA Opera gained its footing, the Guild was performing opera for children and beyond, and has cast the likes of operatic titans such … Read more

Opera calling

  LOLA brings their treasure hunt to South Pasadena When Lyric Opera Los Angeles got started several years ago, what was immediately apparent was the adventurous spirit behind their programming. Led by artistic director Laura Sage‘s strong vision and her shared mission with father and music director Robert Sage to find and produce lesser-known chamber … Read more

Next 7 Special: ‘Salome’ builds buzz

Nope, it’s not Thursday Veils that can’t wait Buzz builds for San Diego’s ‘Salome’ It’s further south than we usually cover, and we’re a little late, as the current production of ‘Salome‘ premiered Saturday night at San Diego Opera. But with three performances left (starting tomorrow) and loudly raving reviews coming from the press, from … Read more

Cake optional

  Song, Dance and Champagne Bring la Français to LA In terms of ticket price, Le Salon de Musiques is about middle of the road for this region. But this may well make them one of the best values in town. Their proven performers, intelligent programming and elegant presentation evoke a bygone era, and this … Read more

Mixing it Up

Contemporary music in the wilds of LA Don’t let this ensemble fool you: they’re a very vocal group. With composer/performers regularly push the envelope of the expected, challenging the way audiences experience the music, the genre, even the venue. Quite a few of them sing, and include classical-oriented vocals in their new chamber works. wildUp … Read more

Holiday Glory Galore

 A quick roundup of Christmas services If you’re not already singing somewhere for Christmas this year, you won’t want to miss some of the best music of the season.  There’s something particularly warm and inspiring about traditional carols, a special concert or a seasonal piece such as Britten’s unique and evocative Ceremony of Carols.  Here are … Read more

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