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August 16, 1997 | DANIEL CARIAGA
In the era of piled-high hairdos, pink formals and white-tie-and-tails, Ed Sullivan's Sunday-night television variety show regularly broadcast live opera singers along with Sen~or Wences, jugglers, pop idols and ethnic dance troupes from around the world. In "Great Moments in Opera," a PBS compilation of performances by operatic stars of the 1950s, '60s and '70s, those stars, via excerpts from the defunct Sullivan show, shine again. And they do shine.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES
Soprano Nova Thomas made a striking Adalgisa opposite the Norma of Joan Sutherland last season, but failed to make a memorable Violetta in Opera Pacific's production of Verdi's "La Traviata" Friday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2005 | Chris Pasles
Nicole Cabell, a 27-year-old soprano from Panorama City, has won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in Wales. On Sunday, Cabell -- a recent graduate of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, the Lyric Opera of Chicago's training program -- was presented with a trophy and a check for 10,000 pounds (about $18,000) by opera veteran Joan Sutherland, the competition's patron. Previous winners have included soprano Karita Mattila and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 1989
A couple of weeks ago, Sunday was an incredible day musically in the life of Orange County Think of it: I started out that afternoon headed for the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and there attended an Orange County Philharmonic Society concert by the Sistine Chapel Choir. At the end of that program, I went to the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel to pick up a preview by Jim Svedja of KUSC on the opera "Norma," a presentation by Orange County's own Opera Pacific. From there, I headed to the Newport Harbor Art Museum where there was a charming mini-concert of Brahms' music and the Liebeslieder waltzes, a preview for next spring's Baroque Music Festival that has been held annually in Corona del Mar for the last 10 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soprano Nova Thomas made a striking Adalgisa opposite the Norma of Joan Sutherland last season but failed to make a memorable Violetta in Opera Pacific's production of Verdi's "La Traviata" Friday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Thomas was the second of two sopranos brought in on short notice to replace the originally announced Stephanie Friede, who withdrew, officially, because of health reasons. She had previously sung the role only once, in June at the Saratoga Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES
In recent Opera Pacific productions at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Rossini's barber Figaro drew more people than Bellini's Druid priestess Norma, but Norma played to fuller houses, according to David DiChiera, the company's general director. "Norma," with Joan Sutherland in the title role, averaged 97% capacity of the Center over four performances, DiChiera said Monday. Attendance at Rossini's "Il Barbiere" averaged 77% over seven performances.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES
Citing health reasons, soprano Stephanie Friede has withdrawn from three upcoming performances in the title role of Verdi's "La Traviata" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Opera Pacific announced Thursday. Friede, who reportedly became ill during rehearsals, will be replaced as Violetta by Brenda Harris at performances at 2 p.m. on Sunday and by Nova Thomas at 8 p.m. on Jan. 19 and 2 p.m. on Jan. 21, company general director David DiChiera said in a prepared statement.
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March 19, 2006 | Chris Pasles
TRESA WAGGONER, the Bennett, Colo., elementary school teacher who got into hot water in January for showing her students a video clip of Gounod's "Faust," is reportedly out looking for a new job and a new community. Additionally, Bennett Mayor Karen Grossaint resigned last month over the matter, telling the Rocky Mountain News that Waggoner's removal from the classroom was the "last straw." She said the 2,500-member community east of Denver "has a mean-spirited undertone."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 1986 | Daniel Cariaga
Dame Joan Sutherland, scheduled to sing in a pension fund benefit for the Los Angeles Philharmonic with tenor Luciano Pavarotti Saturday night in Hollywood Bowl, has canceled her appearance due to a perforated eardrum, her publicist says. Pavarotti will be there, as promised, but with another conductor, his longtime associate Emerson Buckley. Richard Bonynge, the scheduled conductor and Sutherland's husband, also has canceled.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2007 | Chris Pasles
MAKING a list of great opera singers is like waving a red flag in front of a bull. BBC Music Magazine did just that when it recently invited 20 opera critics to name their Top 10 sopranos of the recorded era and printed the 20 most frequently cited. Maria Callas came in first, followed by Joan Sutherland, Victoria de los Angeles, Leontyne Price, Birgit Nilsson, Montserrat Caballe, Lucia Popp, Margaret Price, Kirsten Flagstad and Emma Kirby. (To see the entire list, go to http://blogs.guardian.
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