Opera a la Carte gets new chief, new blood for the board

A very welcome email blast went out this week, apprising longtime friends and fans of Southern California’s most revered Gilbert & Sullivan troupe of some upcoming changes.  After the death of founder Richard Sheldon in 2017, OALC has been adrift as they searched for next steps and the right leader.  But with well-established theater guy Alan … Read more

Celebrating our other independence

Vocal focus in the summertime* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights With July 4th coming up fast, please bear with me while I take a moment to wax rhapsodic about independence. What I truly love about being part of Jim’s marvelous endeavor here is the focus on local artists, chamber music… and … Read more

G&S loses local champion: Richard Sheldon, 1935-2016

The news came to us recently that Richard Sheldon, treasured founder of Opera a la Carte, has passed away at the age of 80.  Richard was a respected proponent of Gilbert & Sullivan’s many operas, and possible most memorable as The Mikado, a role he performed for many years.  The local community has reached out in force on the … 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

CCMN: Get out there

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights We’re in the thick of the season!  Don’t think about staying home: Opera is in abundance this time of year, with a new production of The Death of Klinghoffer at LONG BEACH OPERA and Lucia di Lammermoor opening at LA OPERA this … Read more

Hidden Gems: Peaster picks

Peaster is a town in Texas.  Eastover is a small city in North Carolina.  (There’s also one in South Carolina.)  But both are also terms for the combined holidays that take place in the next ten days — Easter is just nine days away, and Passover starts on Monday night.  Whether you’re studying Paula Deen … Read more

Alex Ruggieri, 1952-2012

Alexander Frank Ruggieri was a man of talent, passion and presence.  With a keen mind, a sincere and abiding love of great music, and a booming bass voice, he was an imposing figure that housed sharp wit and a kind heart.  He was well-known in Southern California and well beyond, as his tenacity and deep knowledge … Read more

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