G&S, barkeeps and cowpokes in “Gunfight at the Not-so-OK Saloon

If you think opera is too highbrow for the average audience, then you’ll be very sorry to have missed yesterday’s encore performance of the one-act Gunfight at the Not-So-Ok Saloon. The Gilbert-&-Sullivan-style slapstick musical comedy, a player in this summer’s Hollywood Fringe Festival, was extended after multiple sold-out performances at the 60-seat McCadden Place Theater … Read more

Pacific Opera Project takes ‘Ariadne’ outside the Naxos

Imagine Los Angeles in 1913: before World War I, before Hollywood, before downtown was really a thing.  Pacific Opera Project has done it again, building something unique from the familiar, and giving Richard Strauss’ beloved opera-about-opera, Ariadne auf Naxos, a nostalgic turn in modernity by looking back to the show’s own time period… in California.  Sung … Read more

ÆSOPERA: A Jaunty Mix of Music and Message

— From community reviewer Jo Nelsen A rollicking cast of six talented opera singers and one effervescent pianist brought absolute delight to a packed house at Pasadena Playhouse’s Carrie Hamilton Theater presenting ÆSOPERA: A Chamber Opera Inspired by the Fables of Aesop. Fresh and innovative, this creative rendering of Aesop’s timeless insights is a joyous … Read more

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