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Opera season opens in the SCV

Gathering: SCV opera fans join Opera League

Posted: September 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Kathy Crandall, vice president of the Opera League of Los Angeles, and Fred Dear at the recent SCV gathering of the League.

The Santa Clarita Valley gathering of the Opera League of Los Angeles recently met for the first event of the 2011-12 opera season.

Participants enjoyed a pot luck dinner with a Russian food theme to commemorate Tchaikovsky, the composer of the first opera — “Eugene Onegin” —  based on the novel by Alexander Pushkin.

Anne Russell Sullivan, a former Metropolitan Opera singer and Tchaikovsky authority, presented clips from the Ralph Finnes  film on Eugene Onegin and scenes from various performances of the opera.

Ann Anderson, a member of the SCV group, said an animated discussion followed.

Ella Larson, a member of the SCV opera group — and originally from Russia — brought her private collection of painted miniatures.

Other members brought books and literature illustrating the Russian culture, art and history.

The SCV gathering of the L.A. Opera League was formed three years ago by Kathy Crandall, vice president of the Opera League of Los Angeles.

Anderson said Crandall and three other Opera League board members participated in the SCV meeting.

“They brought us news not only of our Los Angeles Opera 2011-12 season, but of opera happenings throughout the area, including Opera at the Movies,” said Anderson.

Anderson said Kimberlyn Jones, director of vocal studies and opera at Masters College keeps the SCV group informed of opera events at the college.

Anderson said the planned activities of the SCV opera group are joining together to see operas at local movie theaters and attending seminars presented by the L.A. Opera prior to the opening of each opera.

The group will also attend dress rehearsals, pre-opera lectures and performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles.

“We also provide dress rehearsal dinners for the performers, as it would be difficult for them to find local food while in makeup and costume,” said Anderson. “Before each opera opens, we have our regional gatherings here in the SCV.”

The next Santa Clarita  gathering of the Los Angeles Opera League will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 24.

The opera will be “Romeo and Juliet” composed by Charles Gounod, based on the play by William Shakespeare.

The speaker will be Dorothy Wait of the Los Angeles Opera  Speakers Bureau.

New members are welcome.  For questions and location of next meeting call Ann Anderson at (661) 259-9619.


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