L.A., CA - Performing Arts

P.S. - 9/6/03 - I should also mention two other voices I like: k.d. lang and Joan Baez. k.d. has a site at www.kdlang.com/. Joan doesn't seem to have an official site, but she has several fan sites like www.geocities.com/queen_blues/joanbaez/. Good voices, but they tend to sing songs no one wants to hear.
9/7/03 - I should also mention Charlotte Church with a good voice but a poor site at www.charlottechurch.com/; there must be better fan sites.

Sarah Brightman

Music Review - Sarah Brightman's new "Harem" CD mixes Near-Eastern themes with a Puccini tune, a couple of standards, rich orchestrations, strong melodies, and Sarah's beautiful voice. "Harem" may be welcomed by Sarah's fans, like me, but it may not be strong enough to attract many new listeners. Like, my favorite may still be her heavy-duty, almost-over-the-top "Classics" CD. "Harem" is Angel 7243 5 37180 2 2. Try www.sarah-brightman.com/ and www.angelrecords.com/. P.S. - A sticker on my CD refers to "16 new recordings," but I only found 14 tracks. Forgot to mention, this CD has electronic music and strong beats I haven't heard on her other CDs. Posted about 6/16/03.

8/29/03 - BPS at www.pbs.org/ has several links to Sarah; even a fan site, etc. One old picture is displayed at www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/shows/alwrequiem.html; it doesn't even look like her. For a long search list see www.pbs.org/search/search_results.html?q=Sarah+Brightman&btnG=Search.

7/30/03 - The 7/27/03 Parade magazine (which comes in a the L.A. Times??) had their 'In Step With' column on Sarah Brightman. Site at www.parade.com/ and click on 'In Step With,' but not much of the column is on the site.

Warning - Sarah's "The Songs That Got Away" CD is a collection of the very worst show tunes ever. What the heck were they thinking? Even Sarah's voice can't save this mess. Never buy or even listen to this CD.

Recordings (CD)

I need a complete list of her CD's since I only have about six. Working.
TitleWhenHow good
Early One Morning +1986?
The Trees They Grow So High +1988?
The Songs That Got Away1989very bad
As I Came of Age +1990?
Sarah Brightman Sings the Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber +1992?
Dive +1993?
Fly +1995?
Surrender +1996?
Timeless +1997?
Time to Say Goodbye1997good, her 'first' big hit
Eden *1998/99good
(??) Fly II1999?? (from fan site)
(??) The Very Best of 1990-2000 Sarah Brightman?2000?? (from fan site)
La Luna *2000good
Classics2001my favorite, heavy classics
Encore +2001?
Harem2003good, different, almost pop

* were on PBS TV also.
+ listed in Parade above, "Recording: Include..."


Has also done PBS, see Recordings.
TitleWhenHow good
Requiem Mass +1985?
A Gala Chrismas in Vienna+1997?
Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration +1998?

+ listed in Parade above, "Television: Includes..."


TitleWhenHow good
Cats +1981?
Nightingale +1982?
Pirates of Penzance +1983?
Song and Dance +1984?
The Merry Widow +1985?
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem +1985?
The Phantom of the Opera +1986?
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber +1989?
Aspects of Love +1990?
Trelawney of the "Wells" +1992?

+ listed in Parade above, "Theater: Includes..."


One of the better fan sites seems to be www.sarahbrightman.co.uk/. They also list singles, video, and others and include a message board.

Another fan site is www.xs4all.nl/~josvg/cits/sarahbr.html. This seems less 'complete,' but it's full of small details, European versions, etc. Also, it does list two DVDs which aired on PBS: Eden and La Luna.

old Performing Arts:

Note: These LAT links, if over a week old, probably won't work.

Check program tips in other sections of this site for more options. Maybe, first check the Los Angeles Times newspaper and their Calendar Live section. On-line use may require free regrestration.

7/2/02 - "Performing Arts Going Dark. Theater* The monthly publication handed out before show time is folding on Sept. 1. The scramble to find a replacement is on." More at www.calendarlive.com/top/1,1419,L-LATimes-Calendar-X!ArticleDetail-64594,00.html.

6/22/02 - Can one see the opera? See www.calendarlive.com/top/1,1419,L-LATimes-Calendar-X!ArticleDetail-63596,00.html.

6/10/02 - Turandot review at www.calendarlive.com/top/1,1419,L-LATimes-Calendar-X!ArticleDetail-62354,00.html.

6/3/02 - Opera scenes at LAT's www.calendarlive.com/opera/. "Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" and Bartók's "Duke Bluebeard's Castle" close the L.A. Opera season by sharing the stage, the star and the staircase."

5/26/02 - More Turandot in LAT's www.latimes.com/entertainment/printedition/suncalendar/la-000036965may26.story?null. They don't include the cover photo from the print edition here - go to www.calendarlive.com/top/1,1419,L-LATimes-Home-X!Front,00.html.

5/24/02 - Turandot - if interested you gotta read u.dailynews.com/stage/articles/0502/23/stage01.asp about the new ending, etc.

5/12/02 - For opera links, reviews, etc. see www.operacast.com/. An opera show on the radio mentioned it, but no time for me to check it out. May list all performances?

On Radio:

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  • Live - Giacomo Puccini's Turandot with one of my favorite arias Nessum Dorma (or Nessun dorma!). Performed 5/25 till 6/16/02 with only 10 performances. At least get the aria on CD if you haven't heard it, like libraries have it for free. Details at www.losangelesopera.com/


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