LAO’s 2024-25 season is a balancing act

More than $2.5mil has been granted to the Los Angeles Master Chorale by the Perenchio Foundation over the course of multiple years. This is the largest gift in the organization’s history.

A peek into the world of opera, La Bohème and the Opera Buffs

The Los Angeles Opera Buffs have impressed us again, this time with a stunning concert performance of Puccini’s La Bohème. At Zipper Hall at the Colburn School in Downtown Los Angeles, almost every seat was taken in the audience and onstage. While “the Buffs” have been hosting showcases and scenes for more than twenty years, … Read more

A Celebration of Young Artists at LA Opera

by Bruce Wright, Lister Reviewer You could tell it was no ordinary opera night, just by looking at the ticket holders drinking, chatting, and waiting for dates outside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday night, April 1st. The plaza was packed with a bubbly, ethnically and sartorially diverse crowd, enjoying the fine evening alongside a … Read more

Promising mix announced for San Diego’s 2016-17 opera season

More looking into the future, as San Diego Opera announced their next season over the weekend.  After a fairly conservative season this year (understandable under the circumstances), next year’s lineup includes two Verdi classics, Rossini’s fairy tale, Peter Brook’s Carmen redux and the West Coast premiere of a new multimedia exploration by David T. Little, as well as … 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

CCMN: Bang! goes the season

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights The season is coming!  The season is coming! Nothing like diving right in, as this weekend marks the start of a very busy year for classical vocal types. As opera companies’ engines start humming, we tweeted yesterday from the dress rehearsal of … Read more

Opera in the Park, in “The Springs”

      Now in its 17th year, the annual “Opera in the Park” event hosted by the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert comes up this weekend, featuring nine rising stars of opera — you’re sure to recognize at least a face or two: top to bottom above, the featured performers are Lauren … Read more

Coming home

Emerging stars return to Royce Hall for one of classical music’s greatest masterpieces It’s a Requiem that’s more opera than mass.  With some of the most spectacular choruses and solos in the repertoire, this monumental work packs a punch.  UCLA’s Choral Union and Philharmonia welcome current students and alumni for one performance only. Verdi’s Messa … Read more

Thoughts untweeted: LA Opera, ‘Ghosts of Versailles’

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is a big place.  So big, in fact, that it’s sometimes hard to chase an Internet connection while we’re there.  (Most people, luckily, don’t have to worry about this — just the faithful few in the “tweet seats”. And the people running the show, of course.) As connectivity problems at last evening’s … Read more

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