Opera Buffs visit the “other” Cinderella this weekend

It’s a celebrated opera from one of our most beloved fairy tales. But Rossini’s La Cenerentola doesn’t get performed very often. In fact, our own local powerhouse, LA Opera, hasn’t done it in their history of more than forty years. So when homegrown artists get to show off how much they’ve grown and join forces … Read more

Three wishes: Where to go this week

“Three Wishes” — Southern California Vocal Events LAURI D GOLDENHERSH’s Weekly Highlights from theClickable Chamber Music Newsletter What shall we hear this week? There are plenty of unusual choices, from four tenors from Italia, to streaming Puccini from the Met, to classic operas from Vineyard Touring Opera and Landmark Opera. Check the calendar for plenty … Read more

Pacific Opera Project’s La Bohème, a.k.a. The Hipsters

There are many reasons why Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème is among the most popular works in the operatic repertoire. Its beautiful, romantic score, full of soaring melodies, boasts of several hit tunes, like “Che gelida manina”, “Quando men vo’”, and what fellow singers affectionately refer to as “The Bass National Anthem” – “Vecchia zimarra”. Based … 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

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