Stuck in the kaleidoscope

Butterflies are everywhere this time of year, and even as I write this in the spring sunshine, at least half a dozen monarchs and fritillaries have come to peek over my shoulder.  Apparently it’s a big week for flutters of all kinds, and yes — we checked.  A group of lepidoptera is indeed called a … Read more

Spring in twos and threes

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   Assuming you all survived the hurricane of music that is Easter, we can now settle in for the musical wonder that is springtime. It all starts with a coincidental series of events that seem to fall into twos and threes: First … Read more

San Diego’s opera season starts in February, bringing back favorites with new joie de vivre

Starting with Puccini’s Tosca, one of the most beloved (and most sellable) operas in the rep, San Diego Opera (SDO) is back with a vengeance, helmed by a new general director, David Bennett (formerly of Gotham Opera in NY), and with this 51st season, the org is quite literally enjoying a new lease on their life in the arts. The … Read more

‘Butterfly’ in Pasadena spotlights young talent

It is one of the most beautiful operas ever written, steeped in beauty, love, culture and questions.  Pasadena Schubertiade brings this production to their hometown for just two performances, with lush voices provided by local pros and featuring winners from this year’s Lieder Competition.  Proceeds go to next year’s competition, a program designed to support … Read more

Center Stage Opera’s Butterfly

When I drove up to the Madrid Theatre on Saturday night, June 7, to see Center Stage Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly, people were milling around outside before the performance, filling the sidewalk and spilling over onto the street. The show was sold out, with assigned seating for all tickets, allowing patrons to benefit from … Read more

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