A delightful tale of a servant and her prince… glass slippers and fairy godmothers not included

by Yayra Sanchez, Lister Reviewer On September 17th, Center Stage Opera (CSO) kicked off their 12th Season with a production of Gioachino Rossini’s masterpiece, La Cenerentola. The Performing Arts Center of Reseda High School became the setting for this marvelous tale as the audience found their seats, eager to enjoy the adaptation of this beloved … Read more

Tenor to the rescue for IOC’s ‘Tales of Hoffman’

Being an impresario for a local opera company can sometimes make for a more exciting life than those of the characters being portrayed onstage… In a recent production of The Tales of Hoffman by the Independent Opera Company, it was discovered at a late date that Hoffman himself would be unavailable for the last scheduled … Read more

Opera Pasadena’s Pirates of Penzance

“The Pirates of Penzance,” was first presented in 1879 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in New York. It was the first time a Gilbert & Sullivan production made its world premiere in the United States, the composers having learned their lesson from HMS Pinafore, which, due to the lack of American protection for British copyrights at the … Read more

Independent Opera Company Celebrates the Holiday Season

The holidays are such a hectic time each year that I miss most of the excellent concerts that are performed annually in celebration of the season. But this year I was lucky – the Independent Opera Company, founded by Galina Barskaya, presented The Gift of the Magi and Amahl and the Night Visitors on the 12th … Read more

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