New podcast episode puts spotlight on collaboration

In the latest from the Singerpreneur Podcast, I spoke with mezzo-soprano Diana Tash about her upcoming performance as sculptor Camille Claudel, and the journey in taking Jake Heggie‘s song cycle to the stage… twice. Diana has long been a role model for singers who want to actively create vibrant projects, and her essential role in … Read more

Ending in the middle

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights There’s something electric about this transition between spring and summer, when the heat is building up, the main season is wrapping up, and tunes are swirling through Southern California like a frenzied last gasp. It’s an annual ritual that is easy to … Read more

Opera vs. the Super Bowl: Notes from San Diego Opera’s ‘Great Scott’

For their final opera production for Spring 2016, San Diego Opera presented Great Scott by Jake Heggie. San Diego has co-produced this opera with Dallas Opera, who presented the world premiere in October 2015. These two companies firmly believe in Heggie’s work, and were also some of the first to present his Moby-Dick. Great Scott is about an opera within an … Read more

San Diego’s opera season starts in February, bringing back favorites with new joie de vivre

Starting with Puccini’s Tosca, one of the most beloved (and most sellable) operas in the rep, San Diego Opera (SDO) is back with a vengeance, helmed by a new general director, David Bennett (formerly of Gotham Opera in NY), and with this 51st season, the org is quite literally enjoying a new lease on their life in the arts. The … Read more

Did you hear the one about the whale?

Thursday night, we live-tweeted from LA Opera‘s long-awaited run of Moby-Dick, the contemporary opera by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer that brings Melville’s classic tale of whaling and obsession up close and personal. The score and production are beautiful, with mesmerizing projections that mimic flying through the stars and the movement of a wild sea. Nice … Read more

A tail’s tale, a flying rodent, and a Requiem smorgasbord

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Was that a splash?   It has to be one of several new things opening this very spooky weekend: The white whale comes to Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday night, as LA OPERA opens their long-awaited run of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick. If … Read more

CCMN: new/old mashups, OperaWorks salon, and (Choral) Fantasy times two

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Huge weekend ahead… …the week before Halloween is always a monster! One thing’s for sure: thou shalt not stay home. The season for DE ANGELIS VOCAL ENSEMBLE kicks off on Saturday afternoon, and examines a musical circle of life with ‘Genesis, Renaissance … Read more

New seasons announced for Hollywood Bowl and LA Opera

Two recently announced season schedules in SoCal are causing some stir: LA Opera‘s 2015-16 season will start with a double bill featuring Placido Domingo singing the title role in the Woody Allen-directed Gianni Schicchi and conducting Pagliacci, with productions drawn raves in previous seasons.  While the star power a doppio seems a good start, reception of … Read more

Summer’s change of pace

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Things are slowing down.  Time for Arnold Palmers, mint juleps, watermelon and homemade ice cream.  This week we have a few more season finales, but that summer feeling is already taking over, changing the pace a bit.  Set the tone with one … Read more

Free and fabulous concerts downtown

How often does a lauded summer program not only serve its participants, but provide a host of world-class concerts to the local community?  Well, in Los Angeles, it happens every year with SongFest, the song-focused seminar for emerging artists that boasts a world-class faculty roster and a home at Downtown LA’s Colburn School. Here’s the … Read more

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