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Weekly update — thru March 9, 2023

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Unique week

It's not every seven days that we see a world premiere after more than a century and a half; a dance-opera themed around a spiritual equine; separate performances of ancient masterworks by des Prez and Monteverdi; fascinating learning opportunities; AND a half-century birthday concert for Thomas Adès, one of the most gifted creators of his generation.


It's clear that this week is like no other. We'll prove it to you here:

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Vocal-related events

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March 3

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Special offer from one of our event partners


7:30pm

The Last Sorcerer (Le Dernier Sorcier):

A world premiere 155 years in the making

The Wallis

Beverly Hills


Use the code SORCERER for a 20% discount on your tickets

It's not often that we get to experience a 19th-century operatic work before anyone else. But this Friday, that chance comes to Beverly Hills.


After vanishing from the public eye for 150 years, the original manuscript of Pauline García Viardot’s Le Dernier Sorcier (The Last Sorcerer) was acquired by Harvard Library, which gave The Wallis’ Artist-in-Residence Camille Zamora permission to transcribe, publish, record, and perform the work, with her English-language narration punctuating the sung performance story-book-style. Viardot wrote this masterwork salon opera in 1867, centering themes of environmentalism and gender equality through a whimsical comic tale and poignant melodies. Written on a libretto by her lover, the great Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, the work is a feminist eco-fable in operatic form and perfectly timed to kick off Women's History Month.



Zamora, along with Monica Yunus (pictured above) are the co-founders of Sing for Hope, a non-profit arts organization harnessing the power of the arts to create a better world. The Last Sorcerer at The Wallis marks the first Sing for Hope production and the premiere of Viardot’s work in its original form, with an all-star cast featuring Babatunde Akinboboye (a longtime favorite in the Listerhood) in the title role, Monica Yunus as the bold young Stella, Camille Zamora as the majestic Reine, Adriana Zabala as the dashing Prince Lelio, Karim Sulayman as Perlimpinpin, longtime Lister soprano Anastasia Malliaras as Verveine, and Los Angeles Children's Chorus' Chamber Singers (Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Artistic Director) in the central role of the magical woodland Fairies.


With musical direction by Lucy Tucker Yates and stage co-direction by Camille Zamora and Sharyn PirtleThe Last Sorcerer will feature acclaimed Emmy-nominated Monique Coleman (star of Disney’s High School Musical and more) as Narrator.


Use the code SORCERER for a 20% discount on your tickets


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Here's a little sneak preview:

Opera trailer - Viardot's The Last Sorcerer at The Wallis 2023

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March 4

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9am to 3pm

A Versatile Toolbox!

NATS-LA

Hybrid event

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7:30pm

THE HORSE

Long Beach Opera

Long Beach

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7:30pm

The 'Missa Pange Lingua' of Josquin Desprez

Pasadena Chorale

Altadena

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8pm

New Albion: A belated birthday tribute to Thomas Adès

Jacaranda

Santa Monica


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8pm

Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610”

Pacific Chorale

Newport Beach


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8pm

Hitting New Heights with Mandy Gonzalez and Javier Muñoz

Pepperdine University

Malibu

March 5

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1:30pm

"The Singer as Storyteller” Masterclass with Lynn Helding

New Opera West and The Opera Buffs

Los Angeles

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2:30pm

The 'Missa Pange Lingua' of Josquin Desprez

Pasadena Chorale

Altadena

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3pm

Harmony Through the Ages

The Festival Singers

Mission Viejo


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3pm

A Bouquet of Music with soprano Melissa Givens

Pomona College

Claremont

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7:30pm

THE HORSE

Long Beach Opera

Long Beach

March 7

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12:30pm

Tuesday Musicale of Pasadena, monthly recital

Tuesday Musicale

Altadena

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All events featured in this newsletter, on the blog and on the podcast will be taken from those submitted to the Lister Calendar by Wednesday noon before we publish each newsletters. Click "Submit Event" at the top of the calendar page, and you can craft your listing there. We'll approve relevant events or we'll get in touch with questions.

Additional notables

The following is not actually a vocal concert, but looks too good to keep to ourselves. Please consider supporting these fine artists.

Thursday, March 9 • 7:30pm

Seth Parker Woods, cello

with Andrew Rosenblum, piano

The Wallis

Beverly Hills


A recipient of the 2022 Chamber Music America’s Michael Jaffee Visionary Award and hailed by The Guardian as “a cellist of power and grace” who possesses “mature artistry and willingness to go to the brink,” cellist Seth Parker Woods, making his Wallis debut, has established a reputation as a versatile artist straddling several genres.  Andrew Rosenblum is a Chicago-based pianist and harpsichordist, is passionate about exploring great pieces of music from across every period of composition, and joins Woods for selections on an intriguing and challenging program of works by Perkinson, Rachmaninov, Mumford, Schumann and George Walker.


Get there early for a pre-concert conversation with the artists moderated by Classical California KUSC's Brian Lauritzen, starting at 6:30pm.

Get details and tickets here

Coming soon from the List

An almost-spring Lister Schmooze


Join us in Pasadena on March 13 for our next schmooze. All are welcome, but advance registration is strongly recommended, so we can make sure we have enough space and bring goodies for you. Bring friends, family, pets... and let's talk shop for a bit.

Register here

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