Three operas, a courageous presenter, and the importance of illusion: Independent Opera Company’s triple bill

[With the help of the presenter, this review has been updated.  Please see the comments.] While the “double bill”, two (usually short) operas paired together to make a larger event, is quite common, it’s rare to see a triple bill.  But Independent Opera Company (IOC) tackled just that last weekend, with two performances and three … 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

The Tsar’s Bride by Independent Opera Company

by Carolyn Val-Schmidt and Coril Prochnow Independent Opera Company’s July production of The Tsar’s Bride at West LA’s Lutheran Church of the Master was a very rare outing of Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera, which was first produced in Moscow in 1899 and is well-beloved in Russia. It is the story of a beautiful young woman, Marfa, … Read more

Dance through Spain with ‘Goyescas’ and IOC

by Jenna Friedman, guest reviewer Independent Opera Company, an exciting local company that started in the spring of 2012, put on a wonderful production of Enrique Granados’s Goyescas and accompanying opera scenes on Saturday, February 28th. Galina Barskaya, the company’s talented music director, chose a program that focused on the theme of love and served as … Read more

Free-flowing arts

Goya to Granados to IOC This 18th-century painter didn’t know how far his work would reach. (Of course, none of us do.) Most artists tend to focus on one or two art forms, so they can achieve mastery in those disciplines.  But whatever the specialty, a rich artistic life can bring inspiration from just about … Read more

Figaro launches into space

By Yayra Sanchez, Guest Contributor It’s easy to imagine that neither Mozart nor Da Ponte would have thought of outer space as the setting for their opera Le Nozze di Figaro, but a couple of hundred years later, that’s exactly where Independent Opera Company decided to take it.  Opening the show with a clever, Star … 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

‘Merry Widow’ delights under pressure

Sometimes when disaster strikes, wonderful things result. The story of Independent Opera Company‘s (IOC) opening of The Merry Widow on January 18 started about two hours before show time, when the producers learned that the singer playing one of the roles, Baron Zeta, would not be able to perform.  The big question:  as this was … Read more

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