Any excuse for great music

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Happy Groundhog Day! Today is also the birthday of legendary Swedish tenor Jussi Björling, making this week an extra-special time to enjoy classic operas. It’s never too early to get kids interested in classical music, and while LA OPERA’s Figaro’s American Adventure is quite … Read more

A long, lovely weekend

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Have you ever fallen in love with a piece of music so hard that it changed you? This week (or any week) could be your chance. You never know when the Next Great Listen is around the corner… This weekend celebrates both … Read more

Of mamas, devils, neighborhood and a diva gone cabaret

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Who’s your mama? With dozens and dozens of operas in Donizetti’s legacy, it’s actually surprising that so few of them are regularly performed.  Tonight!, PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT brings us the comic gem, Viva la mamma!, which is actually the common nickname of … Read more

Seasonal shift

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights The season is wrapping up, with finales, festivals and fine music, everywhere you look! CCMN will be released every two weeks through the summer, so this is the first double issue of the off-season.  However, with so much packed into the next … Read more

June goes big, with a bit of everything

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Relishing the last days of the season, the next couple of weeks will trot out one great choral work after another.  Look for finales from INSPIRAVI, the METROPOLITAN MASTER CHORALE and the FESTIVAL SINGERS; a restrospective for HOLLYWOOD MASTER CHORALE; and Brahms’ … Read more

We need a little opera

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Life should be lived with grand passion, even if it’s performed on a small stage. And to further that goal, this is a prime week for bringing more opera into your life! Whether you’re most intrigued by sneak peeks, premieres, revivals or … Read more

Fall in full bloom

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   Oh, the plethora… ‘Mission Music’ in, and with, a mission:  DE ANGELIS VOCAL ENSEMBLE kicks off their 10th season with historic music from California’s rich and diverse early heritage.  Presented on Saturday afternoon in the beautiful basilica at the mission in … Read more

Adieus… et bonjours!

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights June tends to contain a lot of farewells, as seasons comes to a close, school lets out for the summer, and all sorts of people leave the usual behind in search of a little vacation adventure.  The next two weeks are fraught … Read more

CCMN: A do-over, Baroque masters and Lassopalooza

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   In a way, Die Fledermaus is all about second chances, so LA MET’s encore run at Strauss’ classic operetta, with a Salsa twist, is right on target.  Their annual performance at the end of December was interrupted by a major power … Read more

Trovatore – Distilled

I first saw Il Trovatore at New York’s famed Metropolitan Opera many years ago, starring Fiorenza Cossotto as Azucena. It was a spectacle with fine music, great singing, crowds of choruses set on a grand stage, and an audience numbering in the thousands. Times have changed.  These days, opera companies left and right are closing … Read more

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