March 8, 1996 |
Earle Patriarco plays the role of Figaro in Opera Pacific's production of Rossini's "Il barbiere di Siviglia," which begins its run Saturday in Costa Mesa. The baritone also sang the role in January at New York's Metropolitan Opera, and it's doubtful he can surpass the excitement surrounding his East Coast performances. He wouldn't have it any other way.
November 19, 2000 |
Manon turns out to be a wonderful role for Gheorghiu, who fully captures the complexity of Massenet's endlessly fascinating character, whether as dreamy innocent or feverish and dying penitent in the final scene. Alagna, her real-life husband, is less vocally resplendent as Des Grieux, although he has soaring high notes whenever he needs them. His greater strength, however, is his deeply persuasive vocal acting as ardent and desperate lover.
November 15, 1988
Janet Momjian, a 25-year-old soprano from Los Angeles, took $3,900 in first-place prizes at the Western Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, held Saturday at Bovard Auditorium, USC. She will represent the region in March at the national finals in New York. Second place and $2,800 went to another soprano, 31-year-old Carla Jamie Perez of Santa Barbara.
January 31, 1995 |
The '95-96 Season: * Sept. 16-23: Bizet's "Carmen": Conducted by Mark Gibson; directed by Dejan Miladinovic; Washington Opera production designed by Lennart Mork, with Graciela Araya/Irina Mishura (Carmen) and Gegam Gregorian/Eduardo Villa (Don Jose); Micaela and Escamillo to be named. * Jan. 20-Feb.
March 26, 1991 |
The 11th annual Corona del Mar Baroque Festival will take place June 2-9 and will include five concerts instead of the traditional four. Subscribers will have a choice between two sets of four programs. Concerts June 2, 3 and 9 will take place at St. Michael and All Angels Church, 3233 Pacific View Drive. Programs June 4 and 7 will be at the Sherman Library and Gardens, 2645 E. Coast Highway. The series are (a) June 2, 3, 5 and 9; or (b) June 2, 3, 7 and 9.
January 23, 1991 |
It was only 2 o'clock on a sunny, Sunday afternoon, but evening gowns and black tie were the costume of the occasion when Los Angeles Concert Opera gave an unstaged performance of Johann Strauss the Second's "Gypsy Baron." The Ambassador Auditorium stage in Pasadena held more than half a hundred musicians for this annual presentation. In an afternoon of able, if apparently underrehearsed, singing, the main disappointment came from the podium.