When Whitney Houston (pre-crack) sang Queen of the Night for her hit film The Bodyguard in a metallic outfit, you thought youd heard all you needed to determine she was the supreme monarch of after-hours rock. But dont go handing over the tiara quite yet the original diva supreme, Astrofiammante, is clinging to her crown with a vengeance. Shes Mozarts famed character and the original Queen of the Night from the 1791 masterpiece The Magic Flute . And this time shes being played by Luz del Alba Rubio, a talented soprano with a vocal range that makes Ms. Houstons look like a child humming nursery rhymes. Need proof? Go watch the opera classic being performed live at the Cerritos Center this Sunday. Youll hear the true queen sing Der Hölle Rache, one of the most complex and spectacular pieces of music ever created and also get the bonus of ogling elaborate costumes, witnessing a timeless tale of love and experiencing a bit of old world entertainment transformed to suit these modern times.
Sun., March 29, 3 p.m., 2009