Keepers of the Night, A New, Whimsical Family Opera
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Los Angeles' Herencia Flamenca has earned a reputation as one of the West Coast's leading flamenco ensembles, blending a respect for the roots of flamenco with innovative style. The company puts on a show with performers representing flamenco traditions from across Spain, including two very talented and very different dancers originally from Barcelona: company co-founder Yolanda Arroyo and veteran performer Dolores Gimenez, making her U.S. debut after decades of success as a dancer and choreographer in Spain. The company's other co-founder, guitarist Paco Arroyo, hails from Cordoba, while guitarist Vicente Gelo comes from Seville, and singer Sonia Berbel and guitarist Fernando Mejias were both born in Madrid. All these and more will unite for a show that embodies the soul of flamenco, both elegant and explosive. Learn More
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Featured review from Janice M.
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Music, adult soloists, orchestra and chorus were excellent. I especially liked the tarantula! Wonderful costumes, clever set. Good staging, except there was a little bit too much repositioning of those 65 kids, which at times was distracting. Child soloists were as musical as the adults, but hard to hear and understand in the large auditorium -- could they sing out more or be miked?
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The story didn't entirely make sense; nor did it always hold one's interest. Often it was hard to hear the kids' solos over the orchestra. However, when the children sang together, it was sublime. The adult singers were excellent.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus presents the world premiere of Keepers of the Night, an original opera by composer Peter Ash and librettist Donald Sturrock, with conductor Grant Gershon and director Corey Madden, featuring vocal soloists Lynette Tapia, Malcolm MacKenzie, Suzanna Guzman, Lauren Libaw, and 65 LACC choristers.
A family opera, Keepers of the Night is the story of four children who camp out on Midsummer’s Night on the edge of the forest. As darkness envelops them, they fall victim to the Moon’s magic. She uses them to get revenge on her former lover, Ozalid the Owl, who presides over the forest creatures’ annual song contest. The themes of nature vs. city, democracy vs. aristocracy, and group vs. individual all interplay in a whimsical story of mistaken identity and vocal showmanship, where the value of winning and losing is held up to gentle comic scrutiny.