Bravi tutti to the crazy group of daredevils who made up the cast and crew of Paisiello’s Barbiere! Standing ovations on both nights! Until next time!

Cast Bows
Cast Bows
Bows with Maestro Conlon
Bows with Maestro Conlon

 

Katherine has been asked to step in last minute for the role of Rosina in Paisiello’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia under Maestrro Conlon’s baton! The production is part of LA Opera’s Figaro Unbound series, celebrating one of literature’s most beloved characters through multiple settings.

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April 10 and 11 (at 7:30pm)
Giovanni Paisiello’s
The Barber of Seville
James Conlon conducts singers from LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program and musicians from the USC Thornton School of Music Orchestra in a true rarity! Paisiello composed his operatic adaptation of the Beaumarchais comedy 34 years before Rossini. Tickets are free for this semi-staged concert, but reservations are required. A pre-performance talk by James Conlon will begin at 6:30pm both evenings.

Venue: Caroline’s Loft at LACHSA on the campus of Cal State LA (5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, 90032)
Information: PaisielloBarber.eventbrite.com

Here’s a short clip of excerpts from LA Opera’s recent sumptuous production of Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles.

Look closely at 1:20 and you can see me enter on the left and sing a solo line! Also watch for me as the first in the line of Dancing Girls with the glorious Patti LuPone!

Get to know the “it girl” of our upcoming production of La Bohème – AKA “The Hipsters.” And don’t forget to visit her blog, www.classysassybitch.blogspot.com where it’s all Musetta, all the time!

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Musetta Mia is the shit. You may recognize her from several television appearances on Bravo’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker,” where she has become one of the most frequently requested dates. She is listed in the 2013 Guinness Book of World Records for “Most Selfies Taken in One Hour (268 in total).” Most weekends she can be found enjoying bottle service at AREA or the Geisha House. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, grooming her Chihuahua, and working out. Please visit her blog, classysassybitch.blogspot.com and be sure to like and subscribe!

Katherine is pleased to be reprising her role as Musetta in the hugely popular production of  La Boheme AKA “The Hipsters” this December.

Tickets are going very fast for this December production. Tables are ALREADY SOLD OUT for Dec 12, 13, and 20. General admission seats are available for all nights. A few tables remain for Dec 18 and 19. Catch a special semi-staged performance with the Orange County Symphony on Dec 14 in Anaheim. Tickets and all details athttp://www.pacificoperaproject.com/#!__la-boheme/productions

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Katherine is thrilled to announce that she will be making her LA Opera debut this season in Ghosts of Versailles with Patti LuPone and Patricia Racette! She will be playing multiple roles and will have up to six different costumes. Learn more about Ghosts of Versailles here.LAO-Ghosts_1p

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Reviews are in and the critical response has been overwhelmingly positive for this sumptuous production of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire! Several reviews have highlighted Katherine Giaquinto’s performance:

“Soprano Katherine Giaquinto is clearly a performer with a future; she is vocally and dramatically secure, attractive and thoroughly musical. Her Stella is a smart cookie, but passionately in lust with Stanley; she loves her sister, but can’t believe that Stanley could rape her. Failed in her attempts at peacemaking, this Stella’s grief and confusion commanded attention.”

– Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bernardo Bermudez and Katherine Giaquinto share sparks of chemistry that show how Stanley’s primordial impulses brings out Stella’s lusty, earthy nature. Their verbal sparring is offset by the obvious sexual delight in each other, which makes Stanley’s brutish assaults on her all the more shocking. Both performers bring convincing acting and singing to their roles.”

– Mark Bretz, Ladue News

“I have never seen a more moving embrace on stage than when Stanley and Stella cling to each other after he strikes her; it’s real and honest and sexy and overflowing with need and passion-but also with tenderness and love… Katherine Giaquinto, as Stella, [has a] gorgeous clear lyric soprano voice… Miss Giaquinto beautifully captures all the sweetness that the composer has given to Stella’s role; her serenely blissful vocalise after that reconciliatory night with Stanley is one of the high-points of the evening.’

-Steve Callahan, Opera World.com

“This is an opera worth seeing, and worth pondering. Lacy Sauter and Katherine Giaquinto, cast respectively in the lead roles of Blanche Dubois and her sister Stella Kowalski, are both gifted with powerful and unfailing voices, unwavering in accuracy.”

-Gary Scott, KDHX.org