Real-life mateys Greer Grimsley and Luretta Bybee bring “avast” talent to San Diego

And we promise, that will be the last of the pirate puns.  (At least for today…) He has an international reputation as one of our greatest living Wagnerians, but Los Angeles operagoers know bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as one of our most effective living villains, leaving his indelible impact on productions like LA Opera’s recent revival of Tosca … Read more

Opera and art house: Met in HD now at Laemmle

Do you prefer a gourmet nosh with your Norma?  Caramel corn with your Cendrillon?  The Metropolitan Opera’s famed live broadcasts are coming to select Laemmle theaters this season, so you can watch all ten operas in comfort and with better snacks.  Here’s the announcement from the theater chain: Laemmle Theatres has partnered with Fathom Events to … Read more

Opera in full color

Undeniably one of the most colorful, groundbreaking and tragic figures in art history, Frida Kahlo has been the subject of numerous books, films, and now operas.  One of the latest stage endeavors about the iconic artist opens this weekend at Long Beach Opera, with five performances in two locations (Long Beach’s Museum of Latin American … Read more

Stand and remember

Memorial Day weekend tends to be more full of barbecues and beaches and the thrill of the annual summer gateway, but for some, it brings out the champion within: For the South Bay Children’s Choir, for instance, this weekend’s ‘American Kaleidoscope’ concerts include repertoire from across the years in American music, including everything from works … Read more

Bernstein, dance opera and great big ships coming in June

  In an unusual pairing, LA’s own Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre joins forces with LA Opera in June, to offer a dancing, singing tribute to the great Leonard Bernstein in his centenary year.  But they’re not stopping at mere collaboration:  they’re bring the historic “tall ships” at San Pedro Harbor into the action, with the … Read more

Bowl report: What’s up in Hollywood this summer?

Single tickets for the Hollywood Bowl went live in early May, so if you haven’t grabbed the seats you want, it would be wise to get moving. To help you maneuver the extensive schedule through the time-honored favorites like the Playboy Jazz Fest, movie-themed events like the annual Sound of Music sing-along and fandom-milking Harry Potter events, and stunt-casting spectacles … Read more

Kate Bass travels through music with “Songs of the Open Road”

Two of the hallmarks of a great singerpreneur are versatility and gumption, and we especially love it when our Listers go out and build original projects that show off those very traits. This week brings a new album from one of those remarkable members — the copper-topped Kate Bass, whose background includes top-level vocal training at Mannes, the … Read more

POP adds operatic premiere by Brooke deRosa to fall lineup

This just in! One of our Listers (pictured right) has been writing like crazy, and one of SoCal’s most popular regional troupes has grabbed the chance to produce the premiere of her opera. The Monkey’s Paw. They’ll pair it with Menotti’s The Medium for a unique Halloween double bill, with six performances in two very hip locations.  Congrats to … Read more

Newfound verve drives San Diego Opera’s next season

From the southern end of the Southland, we hear tell of pirates, two composers’ last operas, two works set in South America, a starry recital, and a new venue in the mix — all definite signs that one of SoCal’s cherished endeavors is more than just “alive and kicking”. Continuing their trek back from the near-dead … Read more

Soundin’ good for 332…

With J.S. Bach’s birthday rounding the bend again on March 21st, Bach in the Subways is back, bringing the wigged master’s tunes to urban nooks and crannies all over the world, proving that centuries later, the old guy can still inspire, excited and move audiences of all types. This mammoth event has a big footprint in … Read more

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