‘Zimbe!” from LRMC, 3/11/12

Los Robles Master Chorale Brings Africa to Thousand Oaks On March 11, Africa came to Thousand Oaks via Los Robles Master Chorale and Los Robles Children’s Choir, directed by Lesley Leighton (pictured right) and Donna Young, respectively. The program entitled “Zimbe! Songs of Africa” featured Zimbe by Alexander L’Estrange as well as Baroque and Romantic … 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

Lister Review: ‘Die Fledermaus’ in Santa Monica

‘Die Fledermaus’ from Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera Feb 5, 2012 — Santa Monica by Coril Prochnow The Church at Ocean Park was sold out for the February 5th performance of Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera’s Die Fledermaus. There was only one empty chair left as Galina Barskaya began playing the overture to the operetta. As I … 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

ROC’s ‘Don Pasquale’ in Pomona

Gaetano Donizetti’s ‘Don Pasquale’ February 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm performed by Repertory Opera Company – by Miriam and Dale Smith Donizetti’s Don Pasquale was performed by the artists of Repertory Opera Company in Pomona, CA. The First Christian Church‘s sanctuary was transformed by singers doing double duty as stage hands, transporting operagoers to another … 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

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