Any excuse for great music

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Happy Groundhog Day! Today is also the birthday of legendary Swedish tenor Jussi Björling, making this week an extra-special time to enjoy classic operas. It’s never too early to get kids interested in classical music, and while LA OPERA’s Figaro’s American Adventure is quite … 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

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

A new requiem, a TED/opera connection, and music everywhere

Vocal focus in the summertime* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights July has been particularly busy this year, with opera, festival performances, choral music and just about anything else you can think of. You can even have a piece of it for your library: This coming weekend, check out the season finale … Read more

Big vocals, on any scale

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights   With Memorial Day coming up, I’ll be covering the next two weeks in this column, and there’s plenty to keep you busy, entertained and maybe even a little more enlightened. (Yeah, good music can do that.) Prepare yourself, as even the … 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

A tail’s tale, a flying rodent, and a Requiem smorgasbord

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Was that a splash?   It has to be one of several new things opening this very spooky weekend: The white whale comes to Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday night, as LA OPERA opens their long-awaited run of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick. If … Read more

All hail queen Opera

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights There’s plenty of everything in the next couple of weeks, but opera reigns in the summertime: OPERA NEO launches their summer festival and workshop in San Diego, offers two very different programs over the next two weekends, with four performances each:  First, … Read more

Voices of summer

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights The heat is on.  Here are just a few things which offer some musical reprieve over the next two weeks: Of course, unSUNg starts this weekend:  the summer concert series from Lauri’s List (yes, I’m that Lauri) starts this Sunday.  Our first … 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

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