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Hybrid Hedging Against the Rollercoaster Surge 

A festival of threes opens in San Pedro, collaborative dance and film in Long Beach, flamenco in Silverlake, Filipino dance and hip hop in Hollywood, and Motown fuels the dance downtown, all live!  A dance film fest opens in Hollywood, Brazilian dance after dark, online encores, and more SoCal dance this week. Live This Week Tri-Arts …

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Wasn’t that Box Pandora’s?

Local dance transports Brazilian lit and Motown music to Beverly Hills, hillside operatic dance in Hollywood, street dance meets contemporary in Little Tokyo, Cumbia goes centerstage downtown, flamenco reopens an Alhambra stage, and sneaker sculpture dances continue in Hollywood, all live!  Online there’s new summer dance films, addressing historical racism, drawing inspiration from veterans’ letters, …

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Figaro Delivers Sweet Singing, Drawing-Room Comedy

San Francisco Opera just opened a handsome new production of The Marriage of Figaro, and it’s an energetic take on Mozart’s classic 1786 comedy. The story is both simple and incredibly convoluted. Figaro, (Michael Sumuel), a footman in the household of Count Almaviva (Levente Molnar), wants to marry the beautiful servant girl Susanna (Jeanine De …

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Intimate Carmen Jones Electrifies Off-Broadway

The grand passion of opera and the minimalist esthetics of Tony-winning director John Doyle blend perfectly in Classic Stage Company’s intimate revival of the rarely-performed Carmen Jones, Oscar Hammerstein II’s adaptation of Bizet’s classic. This is the first full New York staging of the hybrid piece since its Broadway premiere in 1943 (there were London …

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Angels in America Opera Doesn’t Quite Soar

New York City Opera closes its 2016-17 season with the bold choice of Hungarian composer Peter Eotvos’ adaptation of Angels in America, Tony Kushner’s two-part epic on the impact of AIDS. Librettist Mari Mezei compresses the seven-hour original into a brisk two-and-a-half hour, single-evening event. Much of Kushner’s complex musings on a myriad of topics …

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Opera and Theater Combine in Sweeney Todd, Crucible and Fidelio

[alert type=alert-white ]Please consider making a tax-deductible donation now so we can keep publishing strong creative voices.[/alert] Opera and theater merge and meld in two offerings at this summer’s Glimmerglass Music Festival in Cooperstown, NY. Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1979 Broadway bloodbath Sweeney Todd receives a confused staging while Robert Ward’s 1961 operatic adaptation …

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Rarely Performed Iris Blooms at Bard

Pietro Mascagni’s rarely performed 1898 opera Iris receives a magnificent production at Bard College’s annual Summerscape Festival, revealing a hidden treasure overshadowed by the composer’s politics and the similar Madama Butterfly by Mascagni’s friend and one-time roommate, Giacomo Puccini. Both works share a librettist, take place in Japan, a location of exotic fascination in the …

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The Wonder of Hopscotch — A Mobile Opera in 24 Cars

How could one fully prepare for the mobile opera Hopscotch, which features 24 limousines traversing Los Angeles, carrying 120 performers who share their rides with an intimate audience? Who could imagine how they would experience a show of such scope – with cars stopping at rooftops, parks and historic buildings? What would it be like to …

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