Pacific Symphony offers glimpse of 2018-19 season

Four decades in, Pacific Symphony is going strong and gearing up for another season, and their next lineup was announced on their blog earlier this week.  Their programming is, as iron-tongued Lisa Hirsch pointed out in the comments, decidedly male-leaning, with not a female composer in sight.  Considering the current gender-focused climate nationwide and big … Read more

Preview: ‘Lucia’ brings the old, the new and the stunning to LA Opera

With sounds from the past, modern tech and spectacular singing, Lucia di Lammermoor has arrived at LA Opera, including striking performances by Russian coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova, baritone Stephen Powell and one of my favorite basses, James Creswell, who knocked our socks off in last year’s Flying Dutchman. The set pieces are simple, but the … Read more

Rats! (The best part!)

On Wednesday night, LA Opera held the final dress rehearsal for Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella). With maestro James Conlon at the helm, the orchestra played magnificently, laying the the groundwork for the cast to shine. The production, originally from Houston Grand Opera, is relatively low-budget, but it works. There are tons of little surprises throughout, … Read more

Bravo, Dutchman!

Congrats to the cast, crew and esp the orchestra of tonight’s dress for Wagner’s Flying Dutchman at LA Opera.  After all the buzz, we (the Tweet Seaters*) didn’t know what to expect from this very modernistic production (reminiscent of ‘Metropolis‘, Fritz Lang‘s iconic film from the 1920s), but truly enjoyed the result!  The orchestral players … Read more

Sneaky opera

Opera live and on film bringing new fans to a grand old art You just never know where you’ll find the arts these days.  If you have friends and family who are new to opera, but would love the spectacle, the drama, the passion, and the laughter, the emergence of the opera broadcast may be a … Read more

Silenced voice: Roger Lindbeck

A well-known and beloved member of the local vocal community has been lost to us, and will be sorely missed.  The following information was shared with us by the LA Master Chorale:   We are saddened to note the loss of a dear member of the Los Angeles music family. Roger Lindbeck — a very … Read more

Film loves opera… and so we Gather!

Join us for our next Lister “Gathering” this coming Wednesday, July 25 — we’ll meet at 6:15pm in Pasadena’s gorgeous Arclight theater to enjoy the new comedy, “To Rome With Love”.  Woody Allen leads a knockout cast of diverse talent, playing a retired opera director — this is particularly appropriate, of course, in light of … Read more

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