Florencia en el Amazonas, opening this weekend at LA Opera, was created by Daniel Catán, based on the writings of author Gabriel García Márquez, a pioneer in the genre of magical realism. In the opera, a famous prima donna is riding a steamboat through a rainforest hoping to reconnect with the great love of her life.
Francesa Zambello is directing Florencia en el Amazonas. She made her LA Opera debut in 1991 with The Trojans and has been back to direct productions of Billy Budd, Porgy and Bess and the first LA Opera staging of Florencia en el Amazonas in 1997. We talked to Zambello at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion about how this production differs from LA Opera's earlier version.
Click here to watch a conversation between Zambello and LA Opera President Christopher Koelsch.
photos courtesy Susie Goodman
The Pasadena Museum of California Art exhibit Burning Down the House: Ellen Brooks, Jo Ann Callis, Eileen Cowin uses work from those three photographers to explore different roles women have taken on in domestic spaces. The photos reveal meticulously crafted scenes that use the juxtaposition of furniture, fabric, bodies in motion, posed dolls and props to evoke the anxiety and rebelliousness many women have experienced since the game-changing social movements of the 1960s. Claudia Bohn-Spector and Sam Mellon co-curated the exhibit and you can hear our interview with them this weekend on Arts Alive.
Here is a peek at the exhibit, which is on view at PMCA through January 11th.
The gallery at Pasadena Museum of California Art currently showing Burning Down the House. (photo of installation by Don Milici)
Eileen Cowin, I'll Give You Something to Cry About, 1998, Digital Light Jet Prints, Courtesy of artist. (photo of installation by Don Milici)...
The 36th Annual Very Special Arts Festival took over the Music Center on Friday,October 17th with two outdoor stages, workshops, disco dancing, photos booths, face painting, magic tricks, activities inside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and much more. The event is presented by the Music Center to celebrate the creative achievements of students with disabilities in both the visual and performing arts. More than 2,000 students attended from 70 student groups grades K-12. This year's theme was "A Year to Remember" in honor of the Music Center's 50th Anniversary.
Opera singer Suzanna Guzman has performed at every single venue at the Music Center and was one of the original associate artists at LA Opera. She was the Master of Ceremonies for the Very Special Arts Festival.
Performance of Wake Me Up by the All-Abilities Dance Group.
A stilt walker entertained the crowd.
Two examples of the wonderful artwork displayed on the Music Center ...
It's one of the most enjoyable evenings of the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. Every year since 2005, the Hollywood Bowl hosts a Sound of Music Sing-A-Long to sold-out audiences. In addition to the film being screened (with subtitled lyrics), there is a pre-show Costume Parade. Here are photos from this year's unforgetable Sing-A-Long and costume parade.
The evening's host, Melissa Peterman, actress and comedian.
This adorable participant is dressed as Maria before she enters the von Trapp estate.
This whole family got in the Sound of Music spirit.
In the mood.
Costumes made from Maria's bedroom curtains.
Costume Parade participant dressed as an Austrian with his "deer".
Costume Parade participant creatively dressed as one of the von Trapp children swinging from a tree as Captain von Trapp and Baroness Schraeder return from Vienna.
Costume Parade participants dressed as Nuns from the Order of Disorder.
Costume Parade participants dressed ...