October 18, 2007 |
On a day's notice, with no rehearsal, Roberto Alagna jumped in for an ailing tenor to sing "Aida" -- 10 months after he stormed off an Italian stage when he was booed in the same role. The incident at Milan's La Scala last December triggered a worldwide uproar. In the next episode, played out Tuesday night at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Alagna got a standing ovation. The 44-year-old French-born son of a Sicilian bricklayer was filling in for tenor Marco Berti, who fell ill Monday.
May 15, 1990 |
What has been billed as "the breathtaking, world renowned production" of Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida" is having some trouble filling the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on June 29 and 30. The first performance was canceled last week, according to a spokesman for the Coliseum. The highly publicized $7-million production has so far sold only about 6,000 tickets, said Robbie Williams, production manager for Montreal-based International Opera Festival, which has been producing the event around the world.
January 20, 2005 |
"Stand by, elephants!" The elephants in question were gath- ered in a habitat that's unusually elegant -- the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The herd awaited its cue from a stage manager directing traffic at a Los Angeles Opera rehearsal for "Aida," the grandest of the grand in opera repertory, the elephant of operas -- literally and figuratively. At "Aida's" 1871 world premiere in Cairo, 12 elephants joined a double chorus in the scene welcoming a brave soldier's return from battle.
April 5, 2008 |
PITTSBURGH -- Desperate artistic times called for desperate artistic measures. So when the tenor got sick, the conductor stepped in to save the performance of "Aida." Pittsburgh Opera musical director Antony Walker sang into a microphone from the pit while still conducting the orchestra as ailing tenor Vladimir Kuzmenko lip-synced on stage during the final act one night this week. "It was an amazing experience," Walker said. "I could feel the orchestra and the audience were with me.
February 28, 1989 |
Hometown recitals can be very encouraging events, as Deborah Voigt discovered Saturday night at Cal State Fullerton. The prize-winning soprano, a native Californian and Fullerton alumna, possesses a strong, bright voice--and it has a heft, once taken for granted in opera, that now has become the exception rather than the rule. Understandably, she is looked to with an unusual degree of hope by voice-fanciers, who were out in force and prompt with acclaim.
October 1, 1994 |
From the age of 3, Maria Guleghina dreamed of being an opera singer. But as a child living in Odessa, Ukraine, her dream didn't bring her much joy. "Every time I sang, my friends laughed at me," Guleghina remembered over coffee recently. "I had such a large voice. They said, 'You sing like an elephant,' and I always cried." Her father would soothe her and tell her not to worry. "My father (a factory worker who died 12 years ago) had a beautiful voice," she recalled.