Exoneration explored with ‘Central Park Five’ at LBO

If you haven’t heard about Long Beach Opera‘s recently premiered opera, The Central Park Five, you may want to check the internet connection on the rock you’ve been hiding under. With a passel of press attached to the world premiere musical work, plus a separate series directed by Ava Du Vernay on Netflix, this extraordinary … Read more

New chamber opera at UCLA shines light on mental illness

The Center Cannot Hold:  A compelling opera about paranoid schizophrenia by Katherine Sullivan, Lister reviewer Whether or not you love opera, whether or not you are familiar with mental disorders, The Center Cannot Hold: A Chamber Opera is a fascinating piece, and an intimate look at a short period in the life of Elyn Saks. … Read more

Get out the crystal ball

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights This week is not just about present performance, but also contains elements of our musical future, with two events in particular offering a glimpse of up-and-coming talent: First, NATS-LA hosts a recital by their Young Artist of the Year, baritone TYLER REECE. … Read more

Beginning a season’s end

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights The next two weeks marks the start and the finish of beautiful things! Anoush Opera brings a 19th-century Armenian village to life with a tragic love story presented by LARK MUSICAL SOCIETY and starring HASMIK PAPIAN and SHOUSHIK BARSOUMIAN.  Four performances run … Read more

Report from the trenches: ‘The Discord Altar’ is bringing audiences to tears

Arts for Social Awareness Project’s first production is a must-see 5 chances left to catch the new opera in NoHo It’s new.  It’s improvised.  And it’s an experience you won’t forget. The Discord Altar will touch your heart and inspire you.  It could even change the world. Collaborating with Fugitive Kind Theater, this project from … Read more

Center Stage Opera’s Butterfly

When I drove up to the Madrid Theatre on Saturday night, June 7, to see Center Stage Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly, people were milling around outside before the performance, filling the sidewalk and spilling over onto the street. The show was sold out, with assigned seating for all tickets, allowing patrons to benefit from … Read more

Carmen POPs up in Highland Park

Nowadays, the word “pop-up” probably doesn’t refer to things toasted.  It can be a small shop opening suddenly to offer goods to the neighborhood for a short time.  It might be a spectacular children’s book or a 3D work of art like you’ve never seen before.  But in our neck of the woods, it may … Read more

Review: Beyond the Stage does ‘Carmen’

  December 1, 2012 Saturday evening I joined a crowd of operagoers who were gathered in front of four food trucks on 6th Avenue and New Hampshire in Los Angeles.  No, I hadn’t forgotten to eat dinner; nor was I trying to find something to munch before arriving at the theatre.  I was at the theatre, and the … Read more

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