Presenting exciting pairings of opera, ballet, and classic films at historic SoCal venues.
Since the company's official foundation in June, Cinballera has put on three shows. Our first was "Stolen Love: A Chamber Ballopera" on July 29. Our second was "Lady of the Ring." Each show featured a chamber ballet and a chamber opera, showcasing classical singing and dancing with a small ensemble cast, a short runtime, and a complete story. Then, in November, we put on our third show and first concert, "Two Sisters from San Diego," which we co-hosted with the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. In December, we performed a unique holiday special at December Nights in Balboa Park. We have many plans for future shows in 2024, and beyond!
In 1724, George Frideric Handel brought the timeless love story of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra to life in music through his exquisite opera Giulio Cesare. In honor of this dramatic work's 300th anniversary, Cinballera Entertainment and the Southern California Early Music Society are collaborating to present Giulio Cesare - A Baroque Chamber Opera. This Baroque masterpiece by the composer of The Messiah debuted in London on February 20, 1724. In its entirety, this three-act opera is over four hours long. However, Cinballera's specialty is putting on artistic, entertaining shows with a concise runtime, so our performance is only an hour and a half long. Our take on Giulio Cesare is like a baroque chamber opera, with an intimate cast and orchestra. It just focuses on the love story, so the only characters are Caesar and Cleopatra, plus two dancers as Egyptian attendants. Through Caesar's Commentaries, the great Roman general will recount how his heart was captured by the beautiful Egyptian queen. The music will be performed in Italian. The singers will be accompanied by a five-piece Baroque chamber orchestra from the Southern California Early Music Society, tuned to the historically accurate A=415 instead of A=440. It will be performed with costumes and staging. The show will be at the historic First Baptist Church of Glendale at 209 North Louise Street, Glendale, CA 91206. The performance begins at 5 PM.
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The next Cinballera Salon is on Monday, March 18, at 7 PM. The theme is Songs of Spring!
Here's a montage of photos from our two first shows
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