A timely yet age-old tale

“Human trafficking” is a phrase frequently heard in news stories and the occasional bits of thriller dialogue, and is a reality for many thousands worldwide, yet scarcely understood by the general public.  Perhaps it takes an art form as powerful as contemporary opera to make the plight of its victims relevant to the rest of … Read more

Summer stages bursting with song

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights For hot fun in the summertime, there’s a surprising amount of opera going on, much to our delight: Last week’s aforementioned Tsar’s Bride from INDEPENDENT OPERA COMPANY is reported to have been a lovely foray into the Russian classics.  (Watch the Singerpreneur … Read more

No difficulties as LBO reprises a hit

In perhaps their best yet, Long Beach Opera‘s reprise of David Lang‘s The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (debuted at LBO in 2011) is an astonishing triumph and an exemplary exercise in out-of-the-box thinking. The minimalist score and orchestration for string quartet (executed with energetic style by the first-class Lyris Quartet, right) make good use … Read more

The Devil’s in the Details at Long Beach Opera

Long Beach Opera brings a gripping and disturbing duo of one act shows to the Center Theater in Long Beach, with two performances on May 4 and May 10. The double bill is a new paring of works, presenting An American Soldier’s Tale with A Fiddler’s Tale. The thread of dark comedy in the narration … Read more

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