July 15, 2003 |
Intimate, personal, touching drama, Verdi's "La Traviata" stands radically apart from Verdi's other middle-period operas, the pot-boiling "Rigoletto" and "Il Trovatore." The um-pah-pah still is there, and so are the grand opera gestures in not one but two party scenes. But we hang on one character, the consumptive courtesan Violetta Valery. We admire her vivacity, we respect her tenacity, and most of all, we learn to love her as she learns the meaning of love.
March 8, 2001
Opera. The Los Angeles Opera production of Handel's "Julius Caesar," featuring Elizabeth Futral as Cleopatra and David Daniels as Caesar, ends its run Saturday with a noon performance in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. $28-$148. (213) 972-8001. * Movies.
March 5, 2003 |
John Mauceri has been tapped to lead the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for two more years, Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn. officials announced Tuesday at a news conference detailing the Bowl's summer season. The season officially opens June 27, when PBS tenor Josh Groban joins Mauceri and the Bowl Orchestra for a Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame Gala program to benefit the Philharmonic's educational activities.
November 7, 1999
Museums The art of African music and its impact on other musical forms is explored in "Music in the Life of Africa" opening today at UCLA's Fowler Museum.
July 30, 1999
The 1999-2000 season of San Diego Opera will present five operas, in addition to recitals by opera singers Sylvia McNair, Galina Gorchakova and Simon Estes. The first opera of the Jan. 22 to May 24 season is Verdi's "Il Trovatore," in a new production designed by John David Peters in his San Diego debut, with costumes by John Conklin. Leading roles will be sung by Richard Margison, Sondra Radanovsky (debut), Kathryn Day, Richard Zeller and Brian Matthews (debut).
March 2, 1999 |
Opera Pacific will open its four-opera 1999-2000 season with Verdi's "La Traviata," Nov. 9-14, at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Elizabeth Futral, who recently sang Stella in Andre Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire" for the San Francisco Opera, will sing her first Violetta. David Miller will sing Alfredo, and Louis Otey will sing Germont. John Mauceri will conduct. Linda Brovsky directs the 1987 San Francisco Opera production. Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" is Jan.