September 23, 2003 |
Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin, a Siberian peasant who masked debauchery in the robes of spiritual devotion and whose influence on the court of Czar Nicholas II helped lead to the Russian Revolution, was an operatic figure if ever there was one. He was said to possess hypnotic eyes, and he seduced women in St. Petersburg society with the pickup line that you can't be saved if you haven't sinned.
February 27, 1992 |
Strange things are happening at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this week. Unprecedented things. Weird and vaguely wondrous things. Exotically Nordic things. The Music Center Opera is staging its first world premiere. Well, staging may be the wrong word. Try hosting . The centerpiece for this cumbersome, undeniably festive and obviously costly venture has nothing to do with Los Angeles. It isn't even American. It comes--lock, stock and chorus--from Helsinki. Helsinki?
March 2, 1992 |
I am glad that music critic Martin Bernheimer liked so much of the Finnish National Opera's and our production of "Kullervo." But I am puzzled and frustrated by the insinuations contained in his review ("A Finnish Invasion at the Music Center," Calendar, Feb. 27). For some reason, he implied that there is something unsavory about the fact that the Finnish co-production premiered here, which could not be further from the truth.
July 25, 1989 |
Martti Talvela, the 6-foot-7, 300-pound basso whose rich voice and pliant tones brought him acclamation in the capitals of the world, most often in the role of "Boris Godunov," has died of a heart attack, Finnish newspapers reported Monday. He was 54.
March 28, 1989 |
"Yevgeny Onegin" as staged these days at the Metropolitan Opera isn't exactly a triumph of modern musical theater. The semi-whimsical sets of Rolf Gerard looked quaintly tacky when they were new, and that was in 1957. The costumes of Ray Diffen resemble afterthoughts, which they are. Under the dubious circumstances, one can hardly blame the latest stage director on duty, Bodo Igesz, for concentrating on safe and familiar traffic maneuvers.