Ball gown fever

Happy Halloween!   While you probably already have your costumes set for tonight, there’s still one more chance to out your inner princess this weekend, with the final performance of Rossini’s infectious La Cenerentola from Repertory Opera Company in Pomona.  In a season fraught with Cinderellas (with several productions throughout SoCal, presented recently and coming up from various entities), … Read more

The Tsar’s Bride by Independent Opera Company

by Carolyn Val-Schmidt and Coril Prochnow Independent Opera Company’s July production of The Tsar’s Bride at West LA’s Lutheran Church of the Master was a very rare outing of Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera, which was first produced in Moscow in 1899 and is well-beloved in Russia. It is the story of a beautiful young woman, Marfa, … Read more

Handful of new

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Just a few new events to share with you this week: In case you missed it [earlier in the original newsletter], the new series, ‘Hardly Strictly Classical’ launches on Saturday, and their debut concert features none other than LA’s soprano darling JANAI … Read more

Where shall we go today?**

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   What to do, what to do?  There may not be as many blocks on the calendar this week, but there are big things happening: SONGFEST wraps up on Friday with several concerts today and tomorrow.  In case you’ve been hiding away, … Read more

Bits of Mozart with Redlands Opera Theatre

The Redlands Opera Theatre event, entitled “Mozart Vignettes and Arias,” was a truly enjoyable experience on Sunday, February 23. Held in the sanctuary of the Redlands First United Methodist Church, the space features brick walls and high ceilings, yet attendees were still fairly close to the musicians, allowing the audience to feel the music on an … Read more

Re-energizing your own career path

[Editor’s note:  During a recent conversation with amazing soprano Karen Hogle Brown (pictured right), we learned that Karen spent a good chunk of her summer this year attending OperaWorks‘ summer intensive program.  As Karen is fully established and in demand, we asked her to write about the importance of continuing education throughout a career.  Here … Read more

LA’s best voices show their brassy stuff

Hollywood is home to a vocal project that is drawing drawing bona fide excitement from fans and performers alike:  Singers Elite‘s Vocal Big Band” has deconstructed the classic sound of a 40s-style jazz engine, replacing the horns and strings with… singers!  The sound is surprising, even magnetic, and is creating a buzz across the industry. … Read more

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