Exoneration explored with ‘Central Park Five’ at LBO

If you haven’t heard about Long Beach Opera‘s recently premiered opera, The Central Park Five, you may want to check the internet connection on the rock you’ve been hiding under. With a passel of press attached to the world premiere musical work, plus a separate series directed by Ava Du Vernay on Netflix, this extraordinary … Read more

Two shorts in a long success by COPOLA

The Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles, founded by E. Scott Levin and Ariel Pisturino, specializes in presenting quirky chamber operas which can be performed in under an hour, using small casts and piano accompaniment in an intimate space. On November 7 and 8, they showcased two works: George N. Gianopoulos’s The Last Silent Voice – a world … Read more

Happy excursion with COPOLA

Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles (COPOLA) brought a polished pair of comedic one-act operas to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s Parish Hall in Glendale, CA, on Friday, May 23rd and Saturday, May 24th, 2014. Sunday Excursion was the hors d’oeuvres of the evening.  Written by Alec Wilder in 1953, it is set in the early … Read more

Hidden Gem: Gemologists in our midst

COPOLA’s mission: Mining indie opera for new ears With so many opera companies, big and small, spending the bulk of their resources on tried-and-true repertoire that puts butts in seats, it’s especially exciting to see a new troupe of excellent performers placing their focus on underappreciated chamber operas — and their seats are plenty full. … Read more

Independent Opera Company Celebrates the Holiday Season

The holidays are such a hectic time each year that I miss most of the excellent concerts that are performed annually in celebration of the season. But this year I was lucky – the Independent Opera Company, founded by Galina Barskaya, presented The Gift of the Magi and Amahl and the Night Visitors on the 12th … Read more

Rave: ‘Trouble in Tahiti’ in Santa Monica

Did you make it to ‘Trouble in Tahiti’ this weekend? Hi, folks — This is a prime example of why I don’t do real reviews on this site: I’m way too biased, and prefer ‘Raves’, where I can gush without restraint. Pacific Opera Project‘s latest offering, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, was great fun and a rare … Read more

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