Art and artist collide with Handel for LAMC’s ‘Israel in Egypt’

It was heartwarming to see a nearly full house at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday night (Feb 11), with very few empty seats and fewer latecomers coming to hear the Los Angeles Master Chorale and their excellent orchestra. The audience was unusually pumped, discussing the image already projected on the hall’s giant screen behind … Read more

Celestial Opera Company is back with Cav/Pag in South Pas

Celestial Opera Company returned to the stage this spring with the classic double-bill pairing of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci.  Executive director Judith Townsend assembled a full team to relaunch the company after a nearly three-year hiatus, with Andrea Renée Fuentes as Artistic Director and Producer; Timothy León as Musical Director; and Josh Shaw as Stage … Read more

Pacific Opera Project takes ‘Ariadne’ outside the Naxos

Imagine Los Angeles in 1913: before World War I, before Hollywood, before downtown was really a thing.  Pacific Opera Project has done it again, building something unique from the familiar, and giving Richard Strauss’ beloved opera-about-opera, Ariadne auf Naxos, a nostalgic turn in modernity by looking back to the show’s own time period… in California.  Sung … Read more

Team member Natalie Mann gears up for new odyssey

One of the great joys in running the List is getting to crow about our members’ triumphs, and Natalie Mann has done us proud, with new management and a schedule filling up quickly. A Chicago native, Natalie came to Southern California in 2008 to join the chorus at San Diego Opera, and has found a … Read more

Concerts get personal this week

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Embracing the smaller scale This week is heavy on Saturday performances (so put your clones to work), but also full of smaller, intimate concerts in many manifestations: Appearing with SOUTHWEST CHAMBER MUSIC this weekend are tenor JON LEE KEENAN (fresh from a … Read more

First and ten

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   Super Bowl weekend tends to offer small, niggling questions about where our cultural loyalties lie. But really, whether your attention is on the arts, football, or both this weekend, the annual ritual reminds us that in this widely varied world, there … 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

CCMN: About time

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights     This week, let’s try a new way of organizing things, starting with the ton of choral music going on all over SoCal.  Just pick your favorite era and click away: Baroque Bach rules!  Lent is the perfect time to enjoy … Read more

Making choral history for 50 years

In light of last weekend’s big doings for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, we’d like to send a heartfelt congratulations to director Grant Gershon, the LAMC Board and all of this weekend’s performers.  LAMC has been a consistent force for excellence and innovation in Los Angeles and well beyond, and this is a milestone that … Read more

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