One dramatic stage after another

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights The vocal calendar holds both heralded and out-of-the-box events this week. How about some California history? A dance of veils? A lecherous lush? A little-seen Weill gem? Here’s a list of things that are much better than a couch and burgeoning potatohood: If … Read more

Still time to go “très opératique” for National Opera Week

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights OPERA America‘s widespread celebration of all things opera officially runs through November 6th, but around here, we celebrate the genre every day.  If you’d like to partake of a little something to mark the occasion, however, here are just a few suggestions in … Read more

Blame it on the spring: Music sings in every style imaginable this week

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   Tonight marks the start of the 6th annual HearNow Music Festival, a newish SoCal tradition that has proven some serious impact.  This year the organization is partnering with UCLA PHILHARMONIA to present orchestral work, including special commissions, launching the fest with … Read more

Opera loves Broadway: Two events branch beyond the opera stage

There’s a feeling of familial connection between the operatic world and that of the Great White Way. Bound together by stagecraft and long traditions, it’s not surprising that many operatic performers also work in musical theater.  Two of our local companies have gathered excellent local casts for tributes to the sister genre, making this week … Read more

Holiday whirlwind alert (and the last CCMN of the year)

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights If you can believe it, this weekend has more vocal events than the last. We count more than 35 different choral programs offered over the next couple of weeks, filled to the brim with holiday cheer and musical favorites. (No excuse for … Read more

The devil went down to Redlands: ‘Faust’ comes to Redlands Opera Theatre

by Jonathan Keplinger Redlands Opera Theatre’s recent production of Charles Gounod’s immortal masterpiece, Faust, was presented in Kimberly Hall of the First Congregational Church of Redlands, with standard minor cuts to slightly shorten its great length, and with a single intermission after the third act. It was clear that Redlands Opera Theater, though a small … Read more

Of mamas, devils, neighborhood and a diva gone cabaret

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Who’s your mama? With dozens and dozens of operas in Donizetti’s legacy, it’s actually surprising that so few of them are regularly performed.  Tonight!, PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT brings us the comic gem, Viva la mamma!, which is actually the common nickname of … Read more

CCMN: Bang! goes the season

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights The season is coming!  The season is coming! Nothing like diving right in, as this weekend marks the start of a very busy year for classical vocal types. As opera companies’ engines start humming, we tweeted yesterday from the dress rehearsal of … Read more

Retro fauna drama with Chorale Bel Canto

Chorale Bel Canto and Redlands Opera Theatre hit the stage with an unusual program from eras past   Mythical beasts 101: What do a horse with a horn, a snake-haired witch and a human-faced lion with a scorpion’s tail have in common? Why, composer Gian-Carlo Menotti, of course! Catch a selection of classic opera choruses … Read more

Ebb and flow

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Summer is waning… with a new season taking its place! September is a sort of golden hour for opera, as companies are gearing up and diving in, while choral organizations are just getting started.  In the next few weeks, we’ll see season … Read more

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