January 21, 1996 |
Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves loves to throw monkey wrenches--especially when a repertoire staple like Georges Bizet's "Carmen" gets a bit dull. "Why don't I climb up that ladder tonight, for a change? Or why don't I come in a little later, and just throw him [the leading man] a curve ball?" the 30-year-old singer says jokingly of her antics. She has sung the part of the seductive Spanish Gypsy in more than 30 productions on the world's best known stages.
April 9, 2000 |
It is 11 p.m., and Audra McDonald is standing in the nearly empty lobby of the Saroyan Theatre with her fingers in her ears and her eyes clenched shut. Twenty-nine years old, a darling of the Broadway stage and beloved by some of the best-known and most promising playwrights, composers and conductors of our time, McDonald has just entertained a sold-out audience of 2,300 with songs from her new CD, "How Glory Goes," but she's still working hard.
March 25, 2004 |
Soprano Jessye Norman has joined mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves for a production of "Margaret Garner," a collaboration between composer Richard Danielpour and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison. Michigan Opera Theatre and opera companies in Philadelphia and Cincinnati commissioned the opera, scheduled to premiere at the Detroit Opera House in May 2005.
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March 17, 2001
The Orange County Performing Arts Center will receive a $1-million boost from Milan Panic of ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc. Panic has pledged his contribution toward the center's $200-million expansion that will include a concert hall and a new plaza. The gift was announced Thursday during a business partners breakfast with center representatives. Panic is founder and chief executive officer of Costa Mesa-based ICN.
April 10, 2003
Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez -- a rising star whom critics have compared to the young Pavarotti -- will be among the guest stars appearing at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for the third annual Placido Domingo & Friends Concert and Gala on May 13. Also scheduled to join Domingo onstage at the fund-raiser for the Los Angeles Opera are opera singers Renee Fleming and Denyce Graves, as well as celebrities Kristen Chenoweth, Hugh Jackman and Audra MacDonald.
September 9, 1999
L.A. Opera's new production of Saint-Saens' "Samson et Dalila" (borrowed from San Francisco Opera) continues at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Sunday and Sept. 26 at 2 p.m., Wednesday and Sept. 18, 21 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. Denyce Graves sings the role of Dalila at all performances. As Samson, Placido Domingo sings Sept. 18, and American tenor Gary Lakes takes the role Wednesday and Sept. 21, 24 and 26. Lawrence Foster is the conductor, Nicolas Joel the stage director.