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December 28, 2004 | From Associated Press
Michael Schindhelm, the German director of Switzerland's Basel Theater, has been chosen as the first general director of a foundation set up this year to oversee Berlin's three opera houses. In announcing the appointment, the Berlin city government didn't specify when Schindhelm, 44, will take charge. Funding for the arts in debt-laden Berlin has been a problem since Germany and its capital reunited in 1990, bringing together the city's cultural venues in east and west.
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April 25, 2014 | David Ng
San Diego Opera has placed its longtime general and artistic director Ian Campbell on paid leave after a three-decade tenure that has been rocked in recent weeks by public and internal criticism over his role in the decision to close the company. The opera said in a news release Friday that Campbell and his ex-wife, Ann Spira-Campbell, who is a high-ranking administrator in the company, have both been placed on leave. A company spokesman said in an interview that the Campbells will no longer be involved in the day-to-day operations of the organization, but they are still being paid and are technically still part of the company.
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October 12, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Miked, coiffed and dusted with TV makeup, the world's busiest opera tenor was ready for his close-up. "Welcome, Katherine Jenkins, back to the ballroom," barked the "Dancing With the Stars" announcer, "along with the amazing Plácido Domingo, who's just as gorgeous!" It was a balmy October evening at CBS Television City studios on Beverly Boulevard last week, and a surreal mash-up of the famous (Kirstie Alley, Emmitt Smith) and would-be famous were squaring off in an "all-star" edition of ABC's hit dance-contest whack-a-thon.
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February 24, 2014 | By David Ng
Operalia, the annual opera competition organized by Plácido Domingo, will take place in Los Angeles this year, marking the event's first return to the L.A. area since 2004. The competition is scheduled to take place Aug. 25 to 30 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and will feature certain performances that will be open to the public. Last year's Operalia took place in Verona, Italy. L.A. Opera, where Domingo serves as general director, will be the host this year. The competition features young opera singers at the beginning of their careers, with judges awarding prizes in eight categories.
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February 10, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Terence McEwen, general director of San Francisco Opera, resigned his post Tuesday. The opera's board of directors announced his resignation at an afternoon press conference, and a search committee for a successor is being formed. McEwen, 58, cited his "chronic diabetes" for his resignation and is expected to retire to an unspecified Hawaiian locale by midsummer. He will continue his intermission commentaries and features on the company's radio broadcasts.
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October 31, 1991
"I won't rest until opera is as popular as baseball in this country." --Christopher Keene, general director of the New York City Opera, to the Associated Press.
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February 8, 2005
Oscars to come: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded ABC the U.S. broadcast rights to its annual Oscar telecast through 2014. Opera director: David Gockley, general director at the Houston Grand Opera for the last 33 years, will become general director of the San Francisco Opera on Jan. 1, replacing Pamela Rosenberg, who announced in June that she was choosing not to renew her contract. She will continue as an advisor through 2006.
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June 3, 1995
In his review of Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" (May 24), Peter Rainer keeps referring to William Wallace's fight with the British. He means the English. Wallace and King Edward I were both British. The island of Britain includes England, Scotland and Wales, and is by no means synonymous with England. As an Englishman who lived in Scotland for many years I am acutely conscious of this! PETER HEMMINGS General Director Music Center Opera Los Angeles
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September 10, 1988 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Music Writer
Conductor Christopher Keene, whose appointment to succeed Beverly Sills as general director of New York City Opera effective March 15 was announced Thursday, says he has made no long-term plans for the company, but "will spend the next six months thinking about it." Keene's departure from City Opera in January, 1987--he served as music director and an assistant administrator to Sills--had been considered by some opera insiders as an unhappy parting.
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October 7, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
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 | By Devin Kelly
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.
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July 16, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
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.
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July 9, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
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.
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May 14, 2013 | By Lee Margulies
"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)"
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November 1, 2012 | By David Ng
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.
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February 24, 2014 | By David Ng
Operalia, the annual opera competition organized by Plácido Domingo, will take place in Los Angeles this year, marking the event's first return to the L.A. area since 2004. The competition is scheduled to take place Aug. 25 to 30 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and will feature certain performances that will be open to the public. Last year's Operalia took place in Verona, Italy. L.A. Opera, where Domingo serves as general director, will be the host this year. The competition features young opera singers at the beginning of their careers, with judges awarding prizes in eight categories.
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December 12, 1998
We were very pleased to hear of the success of Robert Strassburg's new opera "Congo Square" ("A Tasty Morsel of Things to Come in Opera," by Josef Woodard, Dec. 7). Woodard, who wrote that this is "an age where new American opera is almost unthinkable," might be interested to learn that there are 20 world premieres of American works scheduled for 1998-99, among them San Francisco Opera's "A Streetcar Named Desire" and our own "Fantastic Mr. Fox," which debuted Wednesday. These statistics come from OPERA America, the international service organization for opera.
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October 12, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Miked, coiffed and dusted with TV makeup, the world's busiest opera tenor was ready for his close-up. "Welcome, Katherine Jenkins, back to the ballroom," barked the "Dancing With the Stars" announcer, "along with the amazing Plácido Domingo, who's just as gorgeous!" It was a balmy October evening at CBS Television City studios on Beverly Boulevard last week, and a surreal mash-up of the famous (Kirstie Alley, Emmitt Smith) and would-be famous were squaring off in an "all-star" edition of ABC's hit dance-contest whack-a-thon.
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August 29, 2012 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo will create his 140th operatic role when he debuts next month in Verdi's "The Two Foscari" at Los Angeles Opera. To note the occasion, the company is hosting a Twitter contest in which it will give away a performance package that includes two orchestra tickets. L.A. Opera is asking contestants to tweet a description of an operatic character that Domingo has played using 140 characters or less. Entries must include the hashtag #PD140.   The winning contestant, decided by L.A. Opera, will win two orchestra tickets for opening night, a pair of backstage passes to meet the cast and a pair of tickets for the opening-night party.
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