Shakespeare once wrote “if music be the food of love, play on.” Another wordsmith, who doubled as a tunesmith, boiled that sentiment down to the even more succinctly stated “Say it with music.” And did he ever!
The following plays are my favorite selections best Hispanic productions of 2016, all seen at GALA Hispanic Theatre, and dominated by GALA productions themselves.
Hats in the air and “Olé!” for the In Series team that has delivered an inspired staging of an extremely challenging one-act opera, Goyescas. Written in 1915 by Enrique Granados, it that will confront you with its energetic vitality, its celebration of life and at the same time, set you back on your heels with its […]
I can’t say enough about the creative minds (and hearts) that plucked these two very different pieces from out of the operatic stratosphere and orchestrated such a satisfyingly delightful experience.
The In Series takes Beethoven’s only opera, the rarely performed Fidelio, and transforms it into a symbol of freedom, a magnificently moving, awe-inspiring vision of hope and redemption through married love. With this, its largest-ever production, it seems there’s nothing this plucky “pocket opera” company, and its company of fearless singers, cannot do.
How can an opera’s venue and staging make so much difference? It just does in this spiced up, expansive and zany remount of In Series’ Cosi Fan Tutte Goes Hollywood at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The theatrical adaptation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s master work about women and morality is by Nick Olcott.
The great American composers are alive and well in the Source blackbox, as In Series continues its season: Made in America (all three Americas that is…) with ABCs of American Art Song. The night of music includes three classic vocal compositions by Argento, Barber, and Copland, all of whom took source material from some of […]
Welcome to the celebration of immigrants who have enriched America. The posters hanging on an upstage backdrop at Source are photos of famous composers who lived in Germany and Austria during the Weimar Republic: Franz Waxman, Kurt Weill, Frederick Hollander, Erich Korngold, and Hanns Eisler. A picture of Arnold Schoenberg, the godfather of modern classical music, known […]
Opera as a genre is ripe for reinvention, as artists seek to engage audiences that have more entertainment options than ever. In Series’ Carmen in Havana gives a bold new spin on Bizet’s classic, pulsating with fresh, infectious energy while struggling at times under the weight of its own ambition.
Hispanic theatre bonds me to my family heritage. I was born in Los Angeles, California, with Latino roots that date back to Spain through the American southwest. I grew up in a decade on the brink of the Civil Rights movement in America. It was a time when it wasn’t cool to be Spanish or […]