January 23, 1997 |
In a world of many figurative prima donnas, Carol Vaness is a literal one. Soprano Vaness is in such demand that she's booked in opera houses and concert halls through 2000. Her exceptional stage presence helped make L.A. Opera's recent "Tosca" a near sell-out every night. Her clear, refined voice has made her a favorite for Mozart and Verdi roles around the world. But she doesn't talk like a diva.
January 25, 1997 |
Looking statuesque and radiant in a black lace gown, soprano Carol Vaness stepped to the front of the stage before her recital Thursday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The texts for the arias and songs had not arrived in time to be included in the program, she said, so she would introduce the works (by Rossini, Beethoven, Strauss, Chausson and Mozart) with a few remarks. So, in addition to hearing her usual artistry, the audience encountered her friendliness and wit.
November 21, 1986 |
Carol Vaness is a highly accomplished operatic singer, as she has now been proving for more than half a decade in important opera theaters, including those in New York and London. But Vaness is not a deeply satisfying recitalist, as she showed in her recital debut--sponsored by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn.--in the Pavilion of the Music Center, Wednesday night.
December 19, 1999 |
The fine art of songwriting, in the art song tradition, has been a practice paid ambivalent attention in our century. San Francisco-based pianist and composer Heggie has taken it upon himself to delve into the venerable songwriting tradition, often referring, stylistically, to romantic 19th century models and hints of smarter Broadway musical thinking, and now has well more than 100 pieces to show for the effort.
April 28, 1998 |
Saturday night was a milestone for L.A. Opera, its 500th performance. The occasion at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was a new production of "Il Trovatore," once Verdi's most popular opera but now seen as a creaky melodramatic relic. This is a company that knows a thing or two about creaky melodrama. It began the season with one, Giordano's "Fedora," in which the heroine, a Russian princess, is driven by love to take poison.
April 17, 2000
Mark Swed reviews the opening of Los Angeles Opera's "La Rondine," with Carol Vaness, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.