G&S, barkeeps and cowpokes in “Gunfight at the Not-so-OK Saloon

If you think opera is too highbrow for the average audience, then you’ll be very sorry to have missed yesterday’s encore performance of the one-act Gunfight at the Not-So-Ok Saloon. The Gilbert-&-Sullivan-style slapstick musical comedy, a player in this summer’s Hollywood Fringe Festival, was extended after multiple sold-out performances at the 60-seat McCadden Place Theater … Read more

Ball gown fever

Happy Halloween!   While you probably already have your costumes set for tonight, there’s still one more chance to out your inner princess this weekend, with the final performance of Rossini’s infectious La Cenerentola from Repertory Opera Company in Pomona.  In a season fraught with Cinderellas (with several productions throughout SoCal, presented recently and coming up from various entities), … Read more

Battiness and party hijinks in Pomona with Repertory Opera’s ‘Die Fledermaus’

Community report by Steve Moritsugu On Wednesday evening, November 4th, Repertory Opera Company presented Die Fledermaus, which is the first opera of their twelfth season. Company founder and stage director LizBeth Lucca is known for productions which feature wonderful voices, well rehearsed stage action with energy and precision, fidelity to the text and the style … Read more

Figaro, Figaro, Figaro… at Repertory Opera

By Tadzio Garcia, guest reviewer Rossini’s perennially popular opera, The Barber of Seville, which premiered in 1816, sets the first of three Beaumarchais plays dealing with Figaro’s wit and comments on contemporary society. To be sure, Rossini’s composition puts his singers through their paces. Each character demands a wide and agile range and there was plenty on … Read more

Hidden Gem: Page to wall to “Off the Walls”

USC’s ‘Visions and Voices’ series brings art, literature and song together Performers of art song tend to be very tuned-in to the power of words.  This may seem like an obvious statement, but many recitalists have expressed a sense of wonder about a new piece that speaks to them — great songs make the words … Read more

Not really quiet

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights With just a few events, it’s still a big, beautiful week: Classical Revolution LA and Opera On Tap LA  join forces for the first time on Saturday night — these are two groups that regularly perform classical music and opera in bars … Read more

Scottish with a little Z

Zombies are everywhere.  Brad Pitt, Jane Austen novels, Homeland Security… and now Long Beach Opera.  I’ve never quite connected with the zombie obsession, but LBO’s Macbeth is the Goldilocks of z-ification:  their production of Ernest Bloch‘s 1909 opera is just right. The hallowed Shakespeare play is nothing if not bloody, so it took only a moment to take … Read more

From Cavalleria to Botswana

San Pedro Opera, the newest opera company in the Greater LA area, is named after the home town of its founder, Lindsay Feldmeth.  Its first production, Cavalleria Rusticana, by Pietro Mascagni, played March 16 in San Pedro and March 23 in Claremont. It featured Steve Grabe as Turiddu, Lindsay Feldmuth as Santuzza, Nandani Sinha as … Read more

ÆSOPERA: A Jaunty Mix of Music and Message

— From community reviewer Jo Nelsen A rollicking cast of six talented opera singers and one effervescent pianist brought absolute delight to a packed house at Pasadena Playhouse’s Carrie Hamilton Theater presenting ÆSOPERA: A Chamber Opera Inspired by the Fables of Aesop. Fresh and innovative, this creative rendering of Aesop’s timeless insights is a joyous … Read more

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