Loving the mashup

There’s so much creativity and exuberance happening in the arts as we find our way back into live performance again. This weekend’s opening of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion from LA Opera is an outrageously marvelous example, mixing oratorio, opera, ballet and more to help us think of one of history’s most spectacular sacred masterworks in … Read more

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’.

Who’s confused?

With Southern California experiencing an actual burst of winter (if brief and still mild) and government bodies updating health restrictions with a dizzying yet understandable mixture of hope and caution, no one would blame you if you look like the RCA dog right now. But things are looking up, as you can see from the … Read more

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.

Fresh start for LA Opera with new season announcement

This annual ritual of fielding one season announcement after another feels different this year, as there are equal parts hopefulness and uncertainty on the agenda. But one thing is clear: opera companies all over the world are aiming to make a splash with their next offerings. LA’s downtown arts scene will be graced with faves, … Read more

Happy Halloween!

Boo humbug! I used to believe that Halloween isn’t for everyone. But as the holiday seems to get bigger every year, it’s clear I was wrong. There are hundreds of ways to celebrate this unique holiday, that celebrates very old traditions instead of commemorating a single event or individual. This year, we see arts organizations … Read more

Diverse joys

There never was anything useful or great, about which men have not differed. — Origen of Alexandria Music is one of the most restorative forces in the world, and it’s coming your way. LA Opera launched their production of Tannhäuser this week, and there are beautiful things to come from Jouyssance and Pacific Opera Project … 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.

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