New company, new take on ‘Carmen’

When “remake” is a good thing… Director Carson Gilmore has proven his creative instincts with an array of other companies locally, and has long been looking to start his own troupe. With a well-received and ambitious black box production of Bellini’s difficult and gender-bending I Capuleti e i Montecchi a couple of years ago, the then-named Hawkmore Lyric Opera … Read more

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

Three operas, a courageous presenter, and the importance of illusion: Independent Opera Company’s triple bill

[With the help of the presenter, this review has been updated.  Please see the comments.] While the “double bill”, two (usually short) operas paired together to make a larger event, is quite common, it’s rare to see a triple bill.  But Independent Opera Company (IOC) tackled just that last weekend, with two performances and three … Read more

POP out of this world with Mozart’s ‘Abduction’

 by Carol Winston, guest reviewer Pacific Opera Project’s production of Mozart’s The Abduction From the Seraglio opened this week, and was performed at the historic El Portal Theater in North Hollywood to a sold-out audience on Saturday night. The 360-seat house was a terrific venue for the opera, the small Art Deco space creating an … Read more

Here a stage, there a stage…

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   Viva l’opera! This week is overflowing with opera, and not the same old thing: Starting Friday night, COPOLA (Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles) turns an eye to murder with two free performances of a dark double bill, including Ned Rorem’s … Read more

Dual review: Cavalli’s ‘La Calisto’ gets local premiere with POP

Review by Coril Prochnow: As a revival of Cavalli’s La Calisto is being seen in Europe and the United States, Pacific Opera Project launched their own version of the complex and bawdy comedy in Highland Park during the merry month of May, executing what is quite possibly a premiere of the work in Southern California. The entertainment started as soon … Read more

The Barber of Seville POPs-Up in Highland Park

On the scene in LA for about two years, Pacific Opera Project (POP) has already established their identity as a company that produces FUN!  Whether they put on a fully staged opera with orchestra and elaborate sets, or a “POP-Up” opera – still fully staged, but with simpler sets and using a piano instead of … Read more

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