Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Macbeth Witches Are Not Your Ordinary Witches

The witches; Photo: Karen Almond

The witches; Photo: Karen Almond

Macbeth is a comedy if you’re a witch and a tragedy if you’re anyone else.”

The dancing witches in Macbeth are not your pointy hat, black-wearing, broom-flying witches. As the agents that drive the story, they are onstage virtually the entire time, lurking during every sinister choice that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth make in the opera. They move props. They haunt all of the characters and bring them to the darkest moments of their lives. We spoke with the nine women who play the witches about how they bring their hellish characters to life.

It all started at the audition.

While most dance auditions involve an incredible amount of specific movement and counting, the auditions for Macbeth were all about becoming witches.

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Pittance Takes the LA Opera Orchestra from the Pit to the Stage

Members of Pittance Chamber Music

Members of Pittance Chamber Music

What happens when members of the LA Opera Orchestra rise up and break out of the depths of the orchestra pit?

A Pittance concert!

Pittance Chamber Music was created in 2013 by LA Opera Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster Lisa Sutton, who wanted to showcase the gifted artists who perform below the stage, where they are heard but mostly unseen. Since then, Pittance has expanded its ranks to include members of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, as well as members of the Los Angeles Opera Chorus.

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