LAO’s 2024-25 season is a balancing act

More than $2.5mil has been granted to the Los Angeles Master Chorale by the Perenchio Foundation over the course of multiple years. This is the largest gift in the organization’s history.

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

San Diego’s opera season starts in February, bringing back favorites with new joie de vivre

Starting with Puccini’s Tosca, one of the most beloved (and most sellable) operas in the rep, San Diego Opera (SDO) is back with a vengeance, helmed by a new general director, David Bennett (formerly of Gotham Opera in NY), and with this 51st season, the org is quite literally enjoying a new lease on their life in the arts. The … Read more

Get out the crystal ball

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights This week is not just about present performance, but also contains elements of our musical future, with two events in particular offering a glimpse of up-and-coming talent: First, NATS-LA hosts a recital by their Young Artist of the Year, baritone TYLER REECE. … Read more

Rats! (The best part!)

On Wednesday night, LA Opera held the final dress rehearsal for Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella). With maestro James Conlon at the helm, the orchestra played magnificently, laying the the groundwork for the cast to shine. The production, originally from Houston Grand Opera, is relatively low-budget, but it works. There are tons of little surprises throughout, … Read more

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