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Opera Neo’s Cabaret Brings Choice Moments of Opera and Music Theatre to the Spanish VIllage

By Ken Herman | July 6, 2024 |

The spacious patio of Balboa Park’s Spanish Village Art Center and a balmy summer evening proved the ideal combination for Opera Neo’s annual Cabaret. Singers from this season’s Opera Neo Festival offered scenes and solos from both opera and…

An Intense and Bleakly Funny Experience from Backyard Renaissance

By David Dixon | July 3, 2024 |
Deborah Gilmour Smyth and Jessica John (photos courtesy of Daren Scott).

For several decades, Martin McDonagh has garnered a lot of attention for his dark work as a playwright and a filmmaker/screenwriter. His sense of humor and handling of tough subject matter is evident in his 1996 play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

The Funny Side of Lamb’s at the ‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’

By David Dixon | July 1, 2024 |
The cast (photos courtesy of Ken Jacques).

For the last few seasons, Lamb’s Players Theatre has staged an eclectic selection of musicals during the summer. Last year, the company presented the New Testament-inspired Harry Chapin show, Cotton Patch Gospel, and in 2022, the organization staged the jukebox musical, Million Dollar Quartet.

Kern and New Bring Impassioned Rachmaninoff Third to San Diego Symphony Opening Summer Season Concert

By Ken Herman | July 1, 2024 |

To open its Summer Season at the Rady Shell on Friday, the San Diego Symphony brought together conductor Gemma New and pianist Olga Kern, musicians whose past local appearances have greatly impressed local audiences.

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