Three wishes in a global crisis

“Three Wishes” — Southern California Vocal Events LAURI D GOLDENHERSH’s Weekly Highlights from theClickable Chamber Music Newsletter Some thoughts about the arts in pandemic: As the coronavirus situation progresses, I’d like to send best wishes and warm thoughts to all of the performing organizations and the performers who are not only striving for community health, … Read more

Three wishes: Holiday surprises

“Three Wishes” — Southern California Vocal Events LAURI D GOLDENHERSH’s Weekly Highlights from theClickable Chamber Music Newsletter This is one of the biggest weekends of the year, and the calendar is packed! Don’t stay home… pick something and be festive. Here are three (or so) goodies to start with: Kick off a stellar holiday run … Read more

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

Celebrating our other independence

Vocal focus in the summertime* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights With July 4th coming up fast, please bear with me while I take a moment to wax rhapsodic about independence. What I truly love about being part of Jim’s marvelous endeavor here is the focus on local artists, chamber music… and … 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

Summer stages bursting with song

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights For hot fun in the summertime, there’s a surprising amount of opera going on, much to our delight: Last week’s aforementioned Tsar’s Bride from INDEPENDENT OPERA COMPANY is reported to have been a lovely foray into the Russian classics.  (Watch the Singerpreneur … Read more

On and on

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights It may be summer, but of course the music doesn’t stop! Starting Friday night, INDEPENDENT OPERA COMPANY launches Tsar’s Bride, a fairly rarely-seen opera rich in the Russian opera tradition.  (We’ll have a review on the blog next week.) Click here This … Read more

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