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

Pacific Opera Project’s La Bohème, a.k.a. The Hipsters

There are many reasons why Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème is among the most popular works in the operatic repertoire. Its beautiful, romantic score, full of soaring melodies, boasts of several hit tunes, like “Che gelida manina”, “Quando men vo’”, and what fellow singers affectionately refer to as “The Bass National Anthem” – “Vecchia zimarra”. Based … 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

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