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LA Opera, Pasadena Playhouse openers set tone as crowds come again – The Pasadena Star-Information

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Most of us are inured to the “new regular,” the edict that demanded masks, elbow bumps, vax playing cards and social distancing, however abiding by the principles appears to be paying off.

The newest studies point out that fatalities attributable to COVID-19 have decreased, and it’s starting to really feel just like the outdated regular as soon as once more. Even actual, reside present enterprise appears to be again in enterprise.

For starters, on Sept. 17, L.A. Opera (LAO) partnered with Metropolitan Opera for the season opener.

The time-honored occasion on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion that historically launches the Southern California “Social Season” featured a contemporary spin on Donizetti’s beloved, outdated warhorse, “Lucia di Lammermoor.”

Arturo Chacon Cruz, star of "Lucia Di Lammermoor" and Carol Henry. (Photo by Photo by Louis Raynor/ Steve Cohn Photography)
Arturo Chacon Cruz, star of “Lucia Di Lammermoor” and Carol Henry. (Picture by Picture by Louis Raynor/ Steve Cohn Pictures)

Carried out by Lina Gonzalez-Granados, making her debut as resident conductor, the manufacturing featured a number of extraordinary artists, lots of whom are alumni of LAO’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Younger Artists Program.

Director Simon Stone fast-forwarded the opera’s gloom and doom setting within the hills of Scotland to an American rust-belt city filled with tattooed, chain-smokers toting cell telephones. The state of affairs – derived from a Sir Walter Scott 1819 novel – is unchanged:  a compelled marriage erupting into homicide and insanity, all punctuated by the acquainted trills, mordents and cadenzas.

Elizabeth Segerstrom chaired the post-performance Opera Ball, staged in a clear tent on the Music Heart’s Plaza that drew almost 400 friends and raised $1.3 million.

The opera’s ultramodern theme set the tone for the ball motif with pink and crimson floral preparations on streamlined glass-topped tables. Carol Henry, LAO’s Govt Committee chair, surveyed the gang and mentioned, “It’s good to see individuals in black-tie and lengthy robes once more – identical to the outdated days.”

Extra opera stalwarts on the scene had been Nanette and Keith Leonard, Eva and Marc Stern, Christopher Koelsch, Alicia and Ed Clark, Mindy and Eugene Stein, Ellen Strauss, Alyce Williamson, Kathleen and Jerrald Eberhardt, Terri and Jerry Kohl, Suzanna Guzman, Maria Antonia Horne, Laney Techentin, Mimi and Warren Techentin, Allan Edmiston, Patrick Harrigan, Kristan and Philip Swan, Rachel Moore and Robert Ryan, Mirna and Carlos Jimenez and Rupert Hemmings. Performances proceed by Oct. 9.

PASADENA PLAYHOUSE OPENER

The Playhouse had a packed home on Sept. 18 for the Los Angeles premiere of “Sanctuary Metropolis,” a one-act play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok (“Price of Dwelling”).

The play chronicles the lives of two younger “Dreamers,” vivid highschool college students in Newark, N.J., who’re dealing with a depressing dwelling life difficult by the fixed concern of deportation. This work just isn’t a “feel-good” drama, however I cherished it. The insightful plot has some stunning twists, and the performing is actually excellent. “Sanctuary Metropolis” is on the Playhouse by Oct. 9, so go see it!

Playhouse government Danny Feldman advises that The Playhouse will pause by the remainder of the autumn to organize for an formidable challenge, the celebration of the late, iconic composer, Stephen Sondheim, starting in January 2023.

Actors for "Sanctuary City", Kanoa Goo, Ana Nicolle Chavez and Miles Fowler. (Photo by Mike Palma)
Actors for “Sanctuary Metropolis”, Kanoa Goo, Ana Nicolle Chavez and Miles Fowler. (Picture by Mike Palma)

COMING UP

THURSDAY: USC Visions & Voices, together with USC Kaufman Faculty of Dance, presents the West Coast premiere of Monica Invoice Barnes & Firm: The Working Present, a hybrid-dance theater piece that blurs the road between dancers and sports activities heroes. Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus in downtown Los Angeles, at 7 p.m.

THURSDAY: The Wallis Annenberg Heart for the Performing Arts and Writers Bloc current a night with creator Anthony Doerr, discussing his current e book, ”Cloud Cuckoo Land.” The Wallis Annenberg Heart for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills, at 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Gooden Heart’s sixtieth Anniversary Gala Celebration. The Gamble Home in Pasadena.

SATURDAY: The world premiere of “Motown: Celebrating The Music, The Magic, The Love.” The Wallis Annenberg Heart for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

OCT. 4:  The Tuesday Musicale of Pasadena presents a free live performance that includes works by Piston, Liszt, Puccini, Wagner and Brahms. Altadena Baptist Church, 791 E. Calaveras, Altadena, at 12:30 p.m.

OCT. 6: USC Trojan Associates options Monica Yamada, discussing Accent Dwelling Models, the advantages and new rules. Mijares Restaurant, Pasadena. [email protected]

OCT. 7: Ballet Hispanico celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with “Noche de Oro.” The Wallis Annenberg Heart for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

OCT. 9: “Sunday Funday,” a collection of free, family-friendly dance, music and theatre experiences. 10 a.m. to three p.m. The Wallis Annenberg Heart for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

OCT. 13: Mambo Kings and Camile Zamora current “Havana Nights.” The Wallis Annenberg Heart for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

OCT. 15: Pasadena’s Ronald McDonald Home presents “Beneath the Tuscan Solar,” its 18th annual Shine Gala honoring Financial institution of America and the Felton Household. Annandale Golf Membership, Pasadena. rmhcsc.org/shinegala.

OCT. 15: The Boys and Women Membership of Pasadena hosts its annual Black Tie and Burgers Gala, “Again to the 80s,” celebrating the membership’s eighty fifth anniversary. Centennial Sq. at Pasadena Metropolis Corridor. blacktie22.givesmart.com.

OCT. 15: “Phoenix,” Stewart Goodyear’s Wallis debut piano live performance. The Wallis Annenberg Heart for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

OCT. 15: Pacific Chorale opens its 2022-23 season with Durufle’s “Requiem” and Jocelyn Hagen’s “The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci.”’ Renee and Henry Segerstrom Live performance Corridor, Costa Mesa.

OCT. 16: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents Beethoven’s Symphony Quantity 9 in D Minor and the West Coast Premiere of Shelley Washington’s “Each.” Alex Theatre, Glendale, at 7 p.m.

OCT. 16: A Noise Inside continues its fall season with August Wilson’s “Radio Golf.” Performances proceed at Pasadena’s A Noise Inside Theatre by Nov. 13.

OCT. 21: “Physique Site visitors,” a recent dance efficiency. The Wallis Annenberg Heart for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

OCT. 22:  Opening of Grand Park’s Downtown “Dia de los Muertos,” a public artwork set up honoring the traditions of Angelenos’ day of remembrance. 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. by Nov. 2.

OCT. 22: LA Opera presents the West Coast premiere of “Omar” by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels. Performances proceed on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion by Nov. 13.

OCT. 23: An Night with creator John Irving. The Wallis Annenberg Heart for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

OCT. 27:  “Falling Out of Time,” composer Osvaldo Golijov’s musical adaptation of David Grossman’s novel. The Wallis Annenberg Heart for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

NOV. 1: An Night with Reza Aslan. The Wallis Annenberg Heart for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

NOV. 3:  First Century Households presents its 84th annual luncheon. The California Membership, Downtown Los Angeles.

NOV. 3: Lillias White with Seth Rudetsky, host and pianist. The Wallis Annenberg Heart for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

NOV. 4:  Heart Theatre Group presents “2:22 – A Ghost Story,” a thriller by Danny Robins. Ahmanson Theatre on the Music Heart. Performances proceed by Dec. 4.

NOV. 5: The Methodist Hospital Basis will honor Paul Rusnak at its thirty third Annual Crystal Ball. Proceeds will help the acquisition of the Da Vinci Surgical Robotic System for the Arcadia hospital. Pasadena Conference Heart.

NOV 6: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents “Echoes of Austria” that includes works by Barber, Ligetti, Schubert and Brahms. Zipper Corridor, Colburn Faculty in downtown Los Angeles.

NOV. 13: “Sunday Funday,” two free, family-friendly dance, music and theater experiences, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Wallis Annenberg Heart for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

NOV. 19: Soprano Angel Blue makes her LA Opera debut in Puccini’s “Tosca,” led by Ukrainian Conductor Oksana Lyniv. Performances proceed on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilionthrough Dec. 10.

NOV. 19: Heart Theatre Group presents “Clyde’s,” a brand new comedy by Lynn Nottage. Performances proceed by Dec.18. The Mark Taper Discussion board on the Music Heart.

NOV. 22: “Invincible – The Musical” that includes the music of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. The Wallis Annenberg Heart for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills. Performances proceed by Dec. 17.

DEC. 3 and DEC. 7: Pacific Chorale presents “Carols by Candlelight.” Our Girl Queen of the Angels Catholic Church, Newport Seaside, at 8 p.m.

DEC. 11: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents the world premiere of Juan Pablo Contreras’ “Lucha Libre!” a tribute to Mexican masked wrestling, and Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A minor Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena, at 8 p.m.

DEC. 18: Pacific Chorale presents “Tis the Season.” Renee and Henry Segerstrom Live performance Corridor, Segerstrom Heart for the Arts, Costa Mesa, at 5 p.m.

DEC. 19:  Pacific Chorale presents “Tis the Season.” Renee and Henry Segerstrom Live performance Corridor, Segerstrom Heart for the Arts, Costa Mesa, at 7:30 p.m.

*Attending indoor arts and leisure occasions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, carries dangers. Please keep in mind to stick to the principles prescribed by the CDC and native well being officers.

Patt Diroll writes a bi-weekly society column for the Pasadena Star-Information. She could be reached at [email protected] 

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