New chamber opera at UCLA shines light on mental illness

The Center Cannot Hold:  A compelling opera about paranoid schizophrenia by Katherine Sullivan, Lister reviewer Whether or not you love opera, whether or not you are familiar with mental disorders, The Center Cannot Hold: A Chamber Opera is a fascinating piece, and an intimate look at a short period in the life of Elyn Saks. … Read more

Slowly they turn: Pacific Opera Project raises the bar with Britten

Pacific Opera Project’s production of The Turn of the Screw is a jewel in the crown of celebration surrounding the 100th  anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, with local events including a wide variety of repertoire and a range of ensembles.  This show is serious and nuanced, as the plot tells the story of a young … Read more

A concert saved from the brink, with style

I had the pleasure of attending a concert on Sunday, August 5, at the home studio of Bob Ralston.  It seemed like an ill-fated event, at first glance: The soprano who was scheduled to sing, Renée Burkett, became ill and cancelled just a few days beforehand, so Jennifer Wallace stepped in at the last minute … Read more

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