Review: Lucia Di Lammermoor at LA Opera

September 22, 2022

Cinéma Vérité Lucia Di Lammermoor at LA Opera: A Must See Production by   Leticia Marie Sanchez (*Spoiler Alerts* on opera plot) LA Opera’s Lucia Di Lammermoor is like a double feature: for the price of admission, you get to…

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Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions: Western Region

February 7, 2022

All Photography and Text © 2011 Leticia Marie Sanchez All Rights Reserved. Passionate singers, heavenly arias, storm clouds, and an adorable Jack Russell Terrier! It was a dark and stormy night. Or day, rather. (Yes, there will be a canine featured…

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An Evening by the water with the Pasadena Pops

Uplifting Signs of Cultural Life Remerging in LA: Pasadena Pops

July 11, 2021

“Let the Sunshine In!” An Evening by the water with the Pasadena Pops by Leticia Marie Sanchez Yesterday, I took my son and his friend to check out the Pasadena Pops. The waterfront setting at the LA County Arboretum was…

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This weekend’s highlight- at the Colburn School: Met Opera Auditions Western Region Finals

January 4, 2020

Metropolitan Opera National Council 2019 WESTERN REGION FINALS Sunday, January 12, 2020 1 P.M. THE COLBURN SCHOOL’s ZIPPER HALL 200 S. Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012 TICKETS – Reserve Seating — $40 To order tickets please contact Molly Siefert…

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Cultural Cocktail Hour in Paris: Backstage at Palais Garnier, the Paris Opera, Part II

June 17, 2019

Backstage at Palais Garnier, the Paris Opera Part Two by Leticia Marie Sanchez All Photography and text © Leticia Marie Sanchez This article first appeared on Cultural Cocktail Hour in 2012 Charles Garnier declared, “I have two shows in my opera; one…

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Study: A Child’s Brain develops faster with exposure to music education

April 23, 2019

Researchers at the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the University of Southern California conducted a 2 year-study that illustrates that exposure to music and music instruction increases the rate of brain development in  young children. The study focused on…

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Young Verdi: Altar Boy

January 20, 2019

By Leticia Marie Sanchez       Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark In his Book of Musical Anecdotes, Norman Lebrecht relates a revealing incident from Verdi’s childhood. The seven-year-old Verdi, born into a modest family, once served as an altar boy…

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The Key of D Minor? Vitamin D deficiency may have contributed to Mozart’s death

November 8, 2018

According to an article in Live Science, the lack of sunlight-induced Vitamin D may have contributed to Mozart’s young demise. The authors of the study surmise that the Vitamin D deficiency could have made the composer more susceptible to a plethora of infections during the winter.…

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Beautiful Day at the Norton Simon Fall Family Festival

October 22, 2018

All Photography  © 2018 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Verdi: A bold request

July 29, 2018

Verdi: A bold request by Leticia Marie Sanchez Verdi: A bold request by Leticia Marie Sanchez The following correspondence in the form of abridged letters between Giuseppe Verdi and one very unusual opera-goer, Prospero Bertani: Much Honoured Signor Verdi,       Reggio,…

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