Ball gown fever

Happy Halloween!   While you probably already have your costumes set for tonight, there’s still one more chance to out your inner princess this weekend, with the final performance of Rossini’s infectious La Cenerentola from Repertory Opera Company in Pomona.  In a season fraught with Cinderellas (with several productions throughout SoCal, presented recently and coming up from various entities), … Read more

A birthday ‘Aida’ for (and with) Richard Fredricks at Castle Green

by Monika Beal, Lister reviewer It is not merely the instrument, but an artist’s spirit that communicates a story; it is fine tuned mastery of expression that reaches the hearts of listeners. And the audience at the concert production of Aida on Monday, August 15, 2016 enjoyed a culmination of life-long dedication to the craft … Read more

Battiness and party hijinks in Pomona with Repertory Opera’s ‘Die Fledermaus’

Community report by Steve Moritsugu On Wednesday evening, November 4th, Repertory Opera Company presented Die Fledermaus, which is the first opera of their twelfth season. Company founder and stage director LizBeth Lucca is known for productions which feature wonderful voices, well rehearsed stage action with energy and precision, fidelity to the text and the style … Read more

Figaro, Figaro, Figaro… at Repertory Opera

By Tadzio Garcia, guest reviewer Rossini’s perennially popular opera, The Barber of Seville, which premiered in 1816, sets the first of three Beaumarchais plays dealing with Figaro’s wit and comments on contemporary society. To be sure, Rossini’s composition puts his singers through their paces. Each character demands a wide and agile range and there was plenty on … Read more

Repertory Opera Company’s grab bag of Puccini gems

 by Amber Peters, Lister contributor On March 21, Repertory Opera Company presented “Puccini Extravaganza,” featuring the opera Il Tabarro, as well as scenes from four other Puccini operas. Il Tabarro is a one-act opera, originally intended to be performed as part of Puccini’s Il Trittico (“Triptych”, which includes Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi). Il Tabarro is the least frequently performed of the three, … Read more

Where shall we go today?**

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   What to do, what to do?  There may not be as many blocks on the calendar this week, but there are big things happening: SONGFEST wraps up on Friday with several concerts today and tomorrow.  In case you’ve been hiding away, … Read more

Repertory Opera’s Cosí fan tutte charms and delights

Mozart’s lighthearted comedy on the fickleness of women is one of my favorite operas, and Repertory Opera Company’s current production does not disappoint. Delivering an ensemble of well-rehearsed and vocally capable singers, the sparkling music of 18th century Viennese opera buffa style comes thru beautifully under the expert guidance of LizBeth Lucca, Artistic Director, and … Read more

The Lady of the Camellias comes to Pomona

Verdi’s La Traviata (which translates to The Fallen Woman) is based on the younger Dumas’ novelette, The Lady of the Camellias. It is the story of Violetta, a courtesan who is living a fast and carefree existence in Paris until she falls for Alfredo, an ardent young suitor, and leaves the demi-monde behind for a quiet … Read more

Repertory Opera Company’s Magic Flute – Truly Magical

by Arthur Freeman Now opening its 10th season, Repertory Opera Company (ROC) on Saturday, April 21, 2013, mounted a production of Mozart’s Magic Flute to a full house in the sanctuary of the First Christian Church of Pomona. Being a Mozart opera, it went without saying that the music would be tellingly, hauntingly beautiful and enduring. The story of … Read more

From Cavalleria to Botswana

San Pedro Opera, the newest opera company in the Greater LA area, is named after the home town of its founder, Lindsay Feldmeth.  Its first production, Cavalleria Rusticana, by Pietro Mascagni, played March 16 in San Pedro and March 23 in Claremont. It featured Steve Grabe as Turiddu, Lindsay Feldmuth as Santuzza, Nandani Sinha as … Read more

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