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Patrick Mack

Patrick Mack starting listening to opera as a teenager to the total bewilderment of his rock and roll mother. He sang leading roles in the opera departments of Santa Monica College and UCLA and for two years in the Baltimore Symphony Chorus. In 2003 he joined the tenor section of The Verdi Chorus which has been giving young singers paid performance opportunities for over 30 years. He has served on their Board of
Directors since 2012 and handles their publicity, marketing, and Facebook page. Patrick is a luxury cruise consultant with All-Travel in
Los Angeles and was honored as one of the Top 25 Travel Agents in the country in 2015 by Travel Agent Magazine. Having weaned himself from an
early age on the musical opinions of Andrew Porter in the New Yorker, he has been wielding the critics pen on Parterre.com since 2011.
His singing of the national anthem has never failed to impress those standing closest to him at any public event he attends.



È la solita storia del tenore

The marketing machine at Decca Classical is such a juggernaut some of you may be surprised to learn that Luciano Pavarotti has been dead for 12 years.  What with 24-bit remasterings and now Blu-ray reissues and re-packagings (back to the original covers…genius!)  the torrent of audio releases seems unending.  Read more »

Mr. Fabulous

Michael Fabiano is a boss. This is a fact.  Read more »

Paris in the springtime

I read somewhere that Giuseppe Verdi’s  La Traviata is currently the most performed,  ergo most popular, opera in the world today. It bodes well for the art form that something as musically complex is ranked as number one although I’m certain more than a few sopranos have had a say in it as well. It’s so popular, in fact that Los Angeles Opera actually boasts two productions of Verdi’s three-hanky weeper. 
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What the cat dragged in

LA Opera presented Plácido Domingo in Manuel Penella’s seminal zarzuela El Gato Montés  Saturday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center downtown.  Read more »

Take the long way Rome

Russell Thomas’s opening aria, “Del piu sublime soglio” displayed an intense attention to the text and some surprisingly beautiful piano phrasing that I’ve never heard risked before and it brought wonder and gooseflesh.

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Stranger with candy

Saturday night I navigated the Music Center concourse, or what’s left of it with it’s seemingly eternal construction to the main plaza, wending my way to the Dorothy Chandler for the opening night of LA Opera’s Hansel and Gretel.

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Uphill climb

The Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho is surely the reason that Covent Garden has made a commercial release of this “Live to Cinemas” relay from March of 2017.

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Truth, force

I hardly know where to heap my praise first.

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