Met tenor responds to “Ashgate” outrage

Depending on who you speak with, the opera community has been shocked, amused, baffled and/or incensed this week by the actions of a mourning opera lover who scattered his friend’s ashes at the Met without permission or announcement, and prompted a shut-down of one performance and the cancellation of the next. Read the New York Times’ … 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

Met protests raise questions about… protests

As I write this, the first of nine performances of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer is wrapping up at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.  You’ve probably seen news reports of ongoing activism against this production, renewing old allegations that Alice Goodman‘s libretto, based on the true story of a 1985 Achille Lauro terrorist … Read more

The arts and the pendulum

One of our clients reminded me the other day that while support for the arts may be struggling now, there will likely be an upturn again in the future — perhaps even when we’re all beyond the beyond. The truth is, most things in life are cyclical, whether it be fashion or economics or foodie … Read more

Rave: Met’s ‘Maria Stuarda’ broadcast

The Metropolitan Opera‘s HD broadcast of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda on Jan 19 was a highlight of the season. If you missed it, be sure to turn out for the rebroadcast 2/6, or go catch the last performance in New York on 1/26.  The production deserves every word of the NY Times’ rave review, by Anthony Tommasini, including, and especially, this to-die-for praise … Read more

Gathered: ‘Otello’ encore broadcast from the Met

As is often the case with our screening Gatherings, we were a small but mighty group in Alhambra on Wednesday.  But those who attend these events always have a great time, and it’s a good chance to hang out, hear some great singing and meet a few new people.  This week’s outing for the Met’s … 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

Dream a great, big ‘Dream’

There’s no doubt that the most recent production of Wagner’s ‘Ring Cycle’ at the Met was a monumental undertaking.  But Lepage’s notorious 45-ton “Machine” aside, getting behind the scenes is the best way to get a sense of what really went into a project that could only be a team effort.  Wagner’s Dream is a … Read more

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