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Photo: Sunset at LA Opera, Opening Night of Don Giovanni, Sept 22

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L.A. Opera’s “The Two Foscari”- A Must-See Production

           What Lies Beneath:                          Probing the Shadows of Power in LA Opera’s I Due Foscari by               Leticia Marie Sanchez Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, rued Shakespeare’s Henry IV. Or, in the case of Giuseppe Verdi’s I Due Foscari, uneasy lies the head that wears the corno ducale, the gemmed, scarlet Doge-cap. This rarely produced opera about Venice’s fifteenth-century ruler, Doge Francesco Foscari (played eminently by Plácido Domingo), has not been seen in the United States in more than four decades. LA Opera’s interpretation of Verdi’s rare jewel is a Must-See production, due to not only the talent of its cast, but also to the cinematic, visually engaging direction by Thaddeus Strassberger and scenic designer Kevin Knight. Even before the opera begins, a screen

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ARIA: Ignite: LA Opera’s Season Opening Gala

ARIA: Ignite: LA Opera’s Season Opening Gala A Party So Hot…It Sizzled.. by Leticia Marie Sanchez Photography and text © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark As Marilyn Monroe would say, Some Like it Hot. ARIA’s Ignite Opening Gala was so hot that it sizzled. And I’m not just talking about the over 100 degree heat wave that just so happened to hit LA that night. Leave it to Plácido. When Maestro Domingo sings, the temperature rises. Literally. The gala’s Hot Factor also came from the vibrant red decor and striking images of sizzling fire all around LA Opera. Even Jacques Lipchitz’s sculpture took on a sexy red-hot hue for the Ignite party. The fire motif proved a clever allusion to the carnivalesque fire thrower in the dramatic last act of Verdi’s “The Two Foscari, ” an opera received with

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Cultural Cocktail Hour in the Tropics the first week of September..

Cultural Cocktail Hour has spent September exploring the Tropics of Ecuador, a vibrant spot for arts and culture.  This month, none other than actor John Malkovich presented he “Giacomo Variations,” a chamber opera about the life of famed ladies man, Giacomo Casanova at the Teatro Sanchez Aguilar in Samborondón. Mr. Malkovich was accompanied by the Orchestra of the Vienna Academy. The work was previously presented at the Château de Versailles Spectacles in France. Photo Below: Teatro Sanchez Aguilar               Cultural Cocktail Hour also explored Guayaquil’s Parque Historico which displays the architecture of early 20th century Guayaquil, as well as exhibiting almost 50 species of birds, animals, and reptiles. Left: Parque Historico   All Ecuador Photography © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark         Cultural Cocktail Hour returns to California the second week of September, just in

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Cultural Cocktail Hour’s- Top 3 picks for August in LA

This month’s Cultural Cocktail Hour is 2 oz Audible Feast, 1 oz. Klimt, and a Splash of Zhenya Gershman. Shaken, Not Stirred.   Salastina Society Presents An Audible Feast August 12 5:30 P.M Downtown LA (Exact location will be shared exclusively with ticket buyers forty-eight hours prior to the event) Program: Ernst/Irish Traditional: The Last Rose of Summer for Two Violins; Piazzolla: Verano Porteño from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires Gershwin: Summertime from Porgy and Bess; Vivaldi: Summer from The Four Seasons For tickets and a link to the four-course menu, please visit: http://thelastroseofsummer.eventbrite.com/ Photo© Copyright Salastina Society Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line July 3- September 23 The Getty Center1200 Getty Center Drive.LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu/     Gallerati Society: End of Summer Soirée Saturday Aug 18th 7:00-9:30 p.m. Brentwood In addition to meeting Rembrandt scholar Zhenya Gershman, guests will have

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Review: Keeping an Audience on its Toes: “Framework” at MOCA- A Must See Production

Review: Keeping an Audience on Its Toes: “Framework” at MOCA A Must-See Production  by Leticia Marie Sanchez Text © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Jean Cocteau once remarked, “The Louvre is a morgue. You go there to identify your friends.” Unlike Cocteau’s bleak categorization of museums, L.A Dance Project illustrated the vibrant possibilities of a living museum through their energetically innovative performance at MOCA on Thursday evening.  FRAMEWORK at MOCA Grand Avenue, July 19, 2012, photo by Christina Edwards, courtesy of MOCA.   The poignant sounds of the violin emanated from the gallery walls. Benjamin Millepied, former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet and choreographer of the hit film “Black Swan,” danced with Amanda Wells as 17-year old Colburn violinist Mayumi Kanagawa performed movements from Bach’s B Minor Partita and A Minor Sonata. The aptly named

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Escape from the Doge Palace: Casanova and the buttered Gnocchi

  Cultural Cocktail Hour reports from the Secret Passageways of the Doge Palace, Venice. Escape from Doge Palace: Casanova and the Buttered Gnocchi by Leticia Marie Sanchez Photography and text © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark In typical prison escapes, inmates rely on wires, jackhammers, or drills to plan their bold getaways. Not so for Casanova. The eighteenth century’s infamous Venetian ladies man successfully fled from the Doge Palace thanks to….. a heaping plate of buttered Gnocchi. Cultural Cocktail Hour visited the Doge Palace’s secret passageways, torture chambers, and gloomy inquisition spaces set up by the Doge’s spies. Our tour guide revealed that although Casanova’s cell was fully furnished (which is how he was able to cook up a plate of Gnocchi), the terror of being sequestered in a space by volatile rulers (who never even told

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Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: Riviera Gardone, Italy

 Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: Riviera Gardone, Italy All Photography and text © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Lake Garda has long provided a wellspring of inspiration for creative-minded souls, including: Nobel Laureate Paul Heyse, Goethe, Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, Franz Kafka, and D. H. Lawrence, who once wrote, “The lake is dark blue, purple, and clear as a jewel.”

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Venice Italy Summer 2012- Cultural Cocktail Hour’s Top 3 Picks including exclusive behind-the-scenes video at La Chiesa San Vidal

The Venetian Cultural Cocktail recipe is 2 oz Gothic,  a shot of violins, and an intoxicating golden liquor otherwise known as Gustav Klimt! Cultural Cocktail Hour‘s Travel Tips for Venetian exhibits Summer 2012 by Leticia Marie Sanchez All Photography, text, and video © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Pick #1 Interpreti Veneziani Chiesa San Vidal - 30124 Venezia These talented, passionate performers interpret Baroque, Classical, and Modern works almost daily at the Chiesa San Vidal. Cultural Cocktail Hour takes you briefly inside the Chiesa San Vidal, named after Doge Vitale Falier.  This now deconsecrated church once never seemed to catch a break. It was rebuilt after the ravaging fires of 1105 and 1696. The new facade, built in the 18th century, housed works by Carpaccio and Piazzetta. Now, the once forsaken church has been revitalized by the music of Interpreti

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Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: The Venice Canals…

Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: The Venice Canals.. All Photography © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark

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