New company, new take on ‘Carmen’

When “remake” is a good thing… Director Carson Gilmore has proven his creative instincts with an array of other companies locally, and has long been looking to start his own troupe. With a well-received and ambitious black box production of Bellini’s difficult and gender-bending I Capuleti e i Montecchi a couple of years ago, the then-named Hawkmore Lyric Opera … Read more

A thespian’s ‘Traviata’ from IOC

by Elias Berezin, Lister reviewer The mounting of an old warhorse poses great challenges (no pun intended). Now in just its sixth season, Independent Opera Company took full advantage of a wealth of young vocal talent and creative staging to give a most cogent and touching performance of Verdi’s La Traviata. Founder and artistic director … Read more

Russian opera, in spades, with a Tchaikovsky classic

On a warm Saturday evening in Hollywood, the audience seated at the Protection of the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church was transported back in time to the middle of the 19th century, to witness a tale about the madness of love and sickness of money. Independent Opera Company of Los Angeles set about bringing to … Read more

‘Werther’ is a bold move that pays off for IOC

by Yayra Sanchez, Lister contributor Last weekend, Massenet’s rich melodies resonated at the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City. On Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th, the Independent Opera Company (IOC) brought us the heart-wrenching Werther. The local company made a bold move by launching their fifth season with such a … Read more

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