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October 23, 1994 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a Times staff writer
See him once and he's a bohemian artisan in a Parisian garret. Next time, he's the diplomat who smoothes the way for a cad named Pinkerton. Catch him yet again and he's a rube who gets in the way of a master womanizer. Baritone John Atkins is one of the most familiar faces of the Los Angeles Music Center Opera. As the company's most senior resident artist, he has graced the boards of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in a wide variety of guises since joining the company in its second season in 1987.
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October 23, 1994 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a Times staff writer
See him once and he's a bohemian artisan in a Parisian garret. Next time, he's the diplomat who smoothes the way for a cad named Pinkerton. Catch him yet again and he's a rube who gets in the way of a master womanizer. Baritone John Atkins is one of the most familiar faces of the Los Angeles Music Center Opera. As the company's most senior resident artist, he has graced the boards of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in a wide variety of guises since joining the company in its second season in 1987.
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November 18, 1989 | SUSAN BLISS
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.
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November 18, 1989 | SUSAN BLISS
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.
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October 4, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
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.
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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.
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March 27, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
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.
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July 21, 1993 | Associated Press
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.
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March 22, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES
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.
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October 2, 1987 | JOHN HENKEN
When Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" plays before students and senior citizens next month--courtesy of Music Center Opera and the Music Center Education Division--it will be as "Cinderella" and sung in English. The outreach tour will begin Oct. 19 with 10 performances in Shrine Auditorium. It will continue with four performances at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, starting Nov. 3, and end with three performances at Pasadena Civic Auditorium, opening Nov. 10.
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February 15, 1991
The 1991-92 Music Center Opera schedule and castings in the major roles: * "Madama Butterfly" (Puccini). Maria Ewing, Placido Domingo/Jorge Antonio Pita, Thomas Allen/John Atkins; conducted by Randall Behr; directed by Ian Judge. Sept. 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 29. * "Les Troyens" (Berlioz). Nadine Secunde, Carol Neblett, Gary Lakes; conducted by Charles Dutoit; directed by Francesca Zambello. Sept. 14, 17, 20, 22, 25. * "Don Giovanni" (Mozart).
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