October 7, 2013 |
BONN -- After a decade as general director of the Beethoven Festival, Ilona Schmiel answered her final curtain call Saturday night before moving on to a new job in Zurich. During her 10 years at the helm, Schmiel steered German's classical music festival it to higher stature and visibility, in no small part because of her advocacy of young talent, including the L.A. Philharmonic's Gustavo Dudamel. At a going-away reception after the final concert, Schmiel was feted by local officials including Bonn Mayor Jurgen Nimptsch and Chamber of Commerce head Wolfgang Griesl, who thanked her for stimulating the local economy as well as artistic sensibilities.
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September 5, 2013 |
Lotfi Mansouri, the spirited former general director of the San Francisco Opera whose desire to democratize the operatic experience for a modern audience spurred the use of projected translations in performances, has died. He was 84. Mansouri died Aug. 30 at his home in San Francisco from complications of pancreatic cancer, the San Francisco Opera said. The Iranian-born opera director and administrator ran the San Francisco company from 1988 to 2001, taking on ambitious commissions such as Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking" and Andre Previn's adaptation of the Tennessee Williams classic "A Streetcar Named Desire.
July 16, 2013 |
Placido Domingo, the superstar Spanish tenor and conductor who also serves as L.A. Opera's general director, has "recuperated favorably," after spending nearly a week in a Madrid hospital to be treated for a pulmonary embolism, his son Álvaro Domingo said in an interview posted Monday on a Colombian radio station's website . The elder Domingo is expected to make a full recovery. A day after his Saturday release from the hospital, he attended a dress rehearsal of Daniel Catan's opera "Il Postino" at Madrid's Teatro Real.
July 9, 2013 |
The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow has again surprised the art world. The company on Tuesday fired longtime general director Anatoly Iksanov a year before his contract would have expired, The Times' Sergei L. Loiko reports . Anatoly Iksanov's 13-year tenure has been marked by the resurrection of the Bolshoi's Moscow Theatre, as well as a series of sexual and financial scandals that rocked the infamous ballet company. “[Iksanov] has done a lot, completing the reconstruction and opening the new stage,” Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said at a news conference.
May 14, 2013 |
"L.A. Opera on Air" returns to classical music station KUSC-FM (91.5) for its seventh season Saturday, beginning with a broadcast of Verdi's "The Two Foscari" (I Due Foscari), starring Placido Domingo (the opera company's general director), Francesco Meli and Marina Poplavskaya. The series will run for six weeks, airing at 10 a.m. Saturdays. It also will be streamed online at www.kusc.org . Duff Murphy will host. The series will feature all six operas from the company's 2012-13 season, including "Don Giovanni," "Madame Butterfly," "The Flying Dutchman," "Cinderella (La Cenerentola)"
November 1, 2012 |
The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada -- one of the premiere repertory theater companies in the world -- is undergoing a name change by removing the "Shakespeare" from its title. The company, which will be known simply as the Stratford Festival, announced the change Thursday and said its new name takes effect immediately. Earlier this year, the festival named Antoni Cimolino as its new artistic director, taking over from Des McAnuff. Cimolino, who had served as general director of the company since 2006, assumed his new role Thursday.