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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES
Aram Barsamian, a 30-year-old baritone from Fullerton, won top honors Saturday in the annual Orange County District Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Barsamian won the $500 William J. Gillespie Scholarship Award, provided by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Soprano Shayleen T. Ojeda, 22, of La Verne won the $300 second-place award, donated by Bobbye J. Powers. Soprano Alisha Ann Salazar, 27, of Huntington Beach won the $200 William John Conlin award.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 28-year-old Laguna Beach mezzo-soprano, Heidi Herzog, won first prize Saturday in the Orange County district Metropolitan Opera auditions. Soprano Elizabeth Koukladas, 29, of Westminster, took second, while soprano Robin Lee Parkin, 30, of Fullerton, earned third. Seven singers competed at Chapman University. For their efforts, Herzog won the $500 Orange County Philharmonic Society award, Koukladas the $300 James V. Powers award, and Parkin the $200 William John Conlin award.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1989 | HECTOR TOBAR, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles teachers and school district officials might not agree on much these days, but harmony prevailed Saturday when 50 teachers volunteered to work on their day off to help young musicians get a start on their careers. The sounds of flutes, pianos, saxophones and other instruments filled the hallways of the Los Angeles City College Music Building as 150 nervous elementary school students auditioned for a chance at scholarships offered by the Los Angeles City Elementary School Music Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 1989
Baritone Kevin Bell, 28, of San Bernardino was awarded first place at the Western Regional Auditions of the Metropolitan Opera National Council, last weekend in Bovard Auditorium at USC. As the top winner, Bell will receive $3,900 and will represent the region in national semifinal auditions in New York in March. Second place and a prize of $2,800 went to soprano Michele Lyn Patzakis, 26, of San Marino; soprano Cynthia Clayton, 24, of Los Angeles, won third place and $1,700.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 1993 | CHRIS PASLES
Soprano Laurel Boyd, 30, of Laguna Niguel, won first place at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Western Regional Auditions on Friday at USC. Boyd will now go to New York City in March to compete in the national finals. Winners of that competition receive prize money from the Met. Mezzo-sopranos Katherine Lundeen, 31, of San Diego, and Elizabeth Anne Saunders, 27, of Los Angeles, won second and third place, respectively. They will not compete in the national finals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1991 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A weird thing happened Sunday when television producers held an open audition for "strange acts and weird people" to be in a new fall series. Instead of the Hollywood onslaught that studio executives expected, only 13 people were waiting in line at a Burbank sound stage at the start of the eight-hour tryout session. Oddly, even though trade-paper advertisements urged performers to come in "unusual costumes," only three of the 13 did.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2007 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
As was entirely predictable, the New York City stop of "American Idol" produced a packed-to-the-rafters two hours of trying-too-hard-to-be-crazy drama queens -- a chorus line of borderline personalities with itchy fingers on the hissy-fit button. That said, there is something compelling about watching summer stock dropouts play out the poles of their emotional range. If we didn't enjoy high drama, we probably wouldn't be watching "Idol" in the first place.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
Soprano Jennifer Smith, 27, of Tustin, came in first; Mel Whitehead, a 33-year-old bass from Anaheim, came in second, and Laura Fries, a 31-year-old soprano from Fountain Valley, came in third on Sunday among the 12 participants in the Orange County district Metropolitan Opera auditions held at Chapman University. Each winner will compete in regional finals Nov. 1 and 2 at USC.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1998
About 100 local youths auditioned at the Westside School of Ballet on Monday in the hope of gaining admission to the School of American Ballet's prestigious summer program. Only 200 of the 2,000 children and teenagers will be chosen in the ballet's 22-city tour, said spokeswoman Karen Hostettler. Admission to the program is by audition only and one-third of the participants have some form of scholarship. Founded in 1934, the school's purpose is to train dancers for careers in classical ballet.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 1993 | CHRIS PASLES
A 32-year-old Fountain Valley soprano, Yang-Hi Kim, won first prize Saturday in the Orange County district Metropolitan Opera auditions. Finishing in order behind Kim were soprano Hope Briggs, 29, of Fullerton; soprano Megan Weston, 28, of Buena Park, and tenor David Taehun Kim, 25, of Laguna Hills. Ten contestants competed at Chapman University. Yang-Hi Kim, Briggs and Weston will travel to the regional finals Nov. 5 at USC.
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