An Opera of Los Angeles
Cast of Characters
Vineyard Touring Opera Co. is a non-profit, charitable 501(c)3 corporation established to promote the unique art of the opera and provide opportunities for talented singers, from professionals expanding their repertoire by trying out new roles, to serious amateurs seeking performance opportunities, to young and aspiring talent. It is dedicated to engaging new audiences in live opera through fully staged performances, lectures and demonstrations.
Vineyard Touring Opera Co., Inc., a non-profit, charitable 501(c)3 corporation, was established to:
- Promote the unique art of the opera, complete with full orchestra, through public performance, lecture, demonstration and all other appropriate means.
- Educate the public about opera’s contribution to music and culture in general.
- Collaborate with other groups and individuals involved in the cultural life of the community.
- Provide quality performance opportunities to practicing and aspiring musicians.
- Engage new audiences in live opera, especially those who would not otherwise have the opportunity.
Robert Cartland is an emerging screenwriter and playwright with a psychological thriller and a period drama in development. His work explores how different cultural and spiritual perspectives impact society and relationships. Before screenwriting, Robert worked as an engineering physicist in the defense industry. He has authored over three dozen professional articles and conference papers, has won awards for his technical presentations, and is a Past President and Fellow of the Optical Society of Southern California.
L. C. Harnsbergeris an accomplished composer, author, and arranger. He received his B.M. in Music Composition from the University of Southern California where he studied with internationally respected composers and arrangers including Morton Lauridsen, Stephen Hartke, and William A. Schaefer.
Mr. Harnsberger has written and arranged for wind ensembles, orchestras, chamber ensembles, solo instrumentalists, and singers. His orchestral works have been performed across the United States, and his sacred choral composition "Roses and Tilma" premiered at an event commemorating the Virgin of Guadalupe, presided over by Archbishop Gomez.
His published works include best-selling music for band, full orchestra, solo piano, chorus, reference books, and method books. His Kid's Guitar Course is one of the most popular guitar methods available, and has been translated into multiple languages including German, and Korean. His most recent works include the song cycle "Four Seasons of Politics," and the "Instrumental Suite from the Opera 'Golondrina'" for full orchestra, both of which were premiered in 2017. He is currently working on a new opera to be performed by VTO in 2018.
The Avila Adobe
publisher Harry Chandler to save the city's most historic buildings which included L.A's first fire station, its oldest structure (the Avila Adobe), its first brick building (that is currently the location of La Golandrina Restaurant), the Pico House, Merced Theatre, and the Italian Hall.
Christina brought positive attention to the area by creating a bit of old Mexico on Olvera Street, thereby delaying the planned demolition, and eventually getting the city to declare the area an historic monument.
Painting of Olvera Street ca. 1930 by Charles Siemer
The new opera "Golondrina" takes you back to the historic downtown Los Angeles of the 1920s. In 1926, demolition notices were being posted around the Olvera Street Plaza, to make way for the new Union Station when a determined single mother, Christine Sterling, teamed up with LA times
Christine Sterling - Preservationist
Lucia - Cafe Owner
Gino - Winemaker & Speakeasy Owner
Felix - Drunk
Monsignor - Pastor
James “Two Gun” Davis - Police Chief
Reginald Blunt - Railroad Executive
Catalina - Merchant
Harry Chandler - Newspaper Publisher
Peter - Christine’s Son
June - Christine’s Daughter
Some of the characters in "Golondrina" are based on historical figures who were present when the opera is set. Christine Sterling of course, but also Harry Chandler, the owner of The Los Angeles Times, and James "Two Guns" Davis who was the Los Angeles Police Chief. Christine's two children, Peter and June, also make an appearance. If it weren't for these players in life's stage, this story could not come to life in this opera.
Olvera Street, known as “the birthplace of Los Angeles,” is a Mexican Marketplace that recreates a romantic “Old Los Angeles” with a block-long narrow, tree-shaded, brick-lined market with old structures, painted stalls, street vendors, cafes, restaurants and gift shops. Olvera Street was created in 1930 “to preserve and present the customs and trades of early California." Many of the merchants on Olvera Street today are descended from the original vendors.
Visitors from around the world stroll around the marketplace smelling the ever-present taquitos and tacos at the outdoor cafes, listening to the strolling mariachi music, and watching Aztecs and Mexican folkloric dancers. The vendors offer handcrafted items such as pottery, belts, wallets, purses, leather and Mexican folk art. Olvera Street continues to be a major tourist stop attracting as many as two million visitors per year.