A warm and welcoming ‘Requiem’ from ArteMusica

Saturday night’s performance of Mozart’s legendary Requiem was well attended, and thoroughly enjoyable.  Presented by ArteMusica, founded in 2011, making them one of the newer kids on a very busy SoCal concert block.  The masterwork was performed with choir, orchestra and soloists, all led by Maestro Ermanno Zotti, to a very enthusiastic crowd who arrived … Read more

Sunday Afternoon in Redlands with Shakespeare

The Redlands Opera Theatre closed their 2013-2014 season with a charming program entitled “The Bard Meets Opera.” The selections of music were inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. Some of the pieces were directly taken from his writings (Othello, Macbeth) while others were an adaptation and updating of the plots (Kiss Me, Kate!, West Side Story.) By … Read more

‘Merry Widow’ delights under pressure

Sometimes when disaster strikes, wonderful things result. The story of Independent Opera Company‘s (IOC) opening of The Merry Widow on January 18 started about two hours before show time, when the producers learned that the singer playing one of the roles, Baron Zeta, would not be able to perform.  The big question:  as this was … Read more

Enhancing the cultural richness of Redlands

Redlands Opera Theater hosted its second annual benefit gala at the majestic Congregation Emanu El in Redlands last Saturday evening, August 24. The brainchild of two young, local sopranos (music director Tiana Dye and music director Christa Stevens), the company was founded in 2012 to serve the artistic and cultural needs of Redlands, the County of … Read more

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