November 18, 1989 |
Tonight, John Atkins will sing Mahler's "Kindertotenlieder" with the South Coast Symphony, the baritone's first public performance of the work. But considering the amount of time Atkins has had to ruminate over these "Songs on the Death of Children," a well-pondered interpretation should be in the offing when Atkins takes the Robert B. Moore Theatre stage at Orange Coast College. This is, after all, the second time Atkins has been prepared to sing this set with the orchestra.
October 4, 1991 |
Verdi Finale: Verdi, the Santa Monica restaurant where many young opera singers polished their craft, will close after Sunday night's performance. Another artistic victim of the sagging economy, the restaurant featured performers such as Mic Bell, Suzanne Guzman, Anne-Marie Ketchum, Greg Fedderly, Michael Gallup, Stephanie Vlahos and John Atkins.
November 17, 1987
John Atkins, a 29-year-old baritone from Los Angeles, was the first-place winner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions western regional competition, held Saturday at Bovard Auditorium, USC. He garnered $3,400 in awards, and will represent the region in the national finals in the spring in New York. The second- and third-place winners were sopranos Jennifer Bodenweber, 31, who received $2,300, and Nina Warren, 23, who took home $1,200. Both are from Los Angeles.
March 27, 2013 |
We may look these days at Mexico as a place of peril, what with drug trafficking, kidnapping and wanton murder. But we ignore Mexico as an arts center at our own peril. When it comes to classical music, we might not recognize our own music had we not once had inspiration and help from south of the border. Do we need now to be reminded that Mexico City has been an opera center a lot longer than Southern California has been - and that it still is one? We do. Fortunately, Long Beach Opera has done the reminding with its most gratifyingly ambitious undertaking in quite a while: what it is calling the U.S. premiere of what it is calling Gabriella Ortiz's "Camelia la Tejana: Only the Truth.
July 21, 1993 |
Here's an investment that Sleeping Beauty fans may appreciate. Walt Disney Co., borrowing from one of its fairy-tale classics, said it may sell a bond that won't mature for 100 years. Perhaps it's just a coincidence, but that's how long the sleeping princess waited until awakened by a prince's magic kiss. Disney may have to work some of its own magic to sell such bonds, which won't pay back investors their principal until near the end of the next century.
March 22, 1989 |
The three-member governing board of financially plagued South Coast Symphony has announced that the full orchestra will play its final concert of the season as scheduled on April 29 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. "This was a commitment we felt we had to make to our subscribers and to the community," board member Richard J. Burrell said.