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April 5, 1997 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Asked to choose a favorite among the opera premieres he has led from the orchestra pit, John DeMain, Opera Pacific's new music director, pulls a long face. "Not a fair question," he says, but rises to the challenge anyway. "I would have to say 'Nixon in China' is a phenomenal work. I thought there was so much in that."
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May 13, 2001 | CHRIS PASLES, Chris Pasles is a Times staff writer
Though he'd be the first to say it's been a team effort, conductor John DeMain is clearly emerging as the main force driving Orange County's reborn Opera Pacific. Staging Mark Adamo's "Little Women" this week at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, for instance, represents his vision for a new American opera series. Presenting Strauss' demanding "Der Rosenkavalier" last month signaled his claim that the company has come of age and is ready for the big time.
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March 8, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John DeMain, a former director of the Houston Grand Opera who led Opera Pacific's inaugural production in 1987 and returned to conduct four other works, has been chosen music director of the local company. The position was created by general director Patrick L. Veitch, who has restructured the company's management since he arrived in September.
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August 19, 1998 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a short summer break, two key players on the Opera Pacific team came back to Costa Mesa last week, rolled up their sleeves and started getting down to work. The clock is ticking. The season starts Nov. 3 with Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." But because they've first had to deal with cutbacks that reduced the financially troubled company's staff to 10, they've lost critical time in raising funds, nailing down casting and production details and selling subscriptions.
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August 19, 1998 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a short summer break, two key players on the Opera Pacific team came back to Costa Mesa last week, rolled up their sleeves and started getting down to work. The clock is ticking. The season starts Nov. 3 with Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." But because they've first had to deal with cutbacks that reduced the financially troubled company's staff to 10, they've lost critical time in raising funds, nailing down casting and production details and selling subscriptions.
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October 24, 1987 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music Critic
If one may judge on the basis of who was there in that dressy capacity crowd and, more important, who would have wanted to be there, the center of the operatic universe Thursday night wasn't the Met, La Scala, Covent Garden or the Vienna Staatsoper. It certainly wasn't the Bolshoi, the Kirov or the venerable Peking Opera. Try the sprawling, glitzy, new yet stubbornly old-fashioned opera house in revitalized downtown Houston--the Wortham Center.
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May 13, 2001 | CHRIS PASLES, Chris Pasles is a Times staff writer
Though he'd be the first to say it's been a team effort, conductor John DeMain is clearly emerging as the main force driving Orange County's reborn Opera Pacific. Staging Mark Adamo's "Little Women" this week at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, for instance, represents his vision for a new American opera series. Presenting Strauss' demanding "Der Rosenkavalier" last month signaled his claim that the company has come of age and is ready for the big time.
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September 11, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opera Pacific returns to its roots--physically and figuratively--with "Festa Italiana," a program of arias, duets and choruses by Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni and other Italian composers, Sunday evening at the Irvine Bowl. Most local opera-lovers discovered Opera Pacific when the company seemed to emerge suddenly, full-blown, at the 1986 opening of the Orange County Performing Arts Center. But its history goes back much further, to its conception in 1960 as the Festival of Opera Assn.
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September 13, 2001
3pm Music Launching a five-concert chamber music series dedicated to the music of Beethoven, the Pacific Symphony will present pianist Christopher O'Riley and several Pacific principal players in a cabaret-style environment. On tap will be the Sonata No. 10 for Violin and Piano, Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano, and the Septet in E-flat, Opus 20. * Christopher O'Riley, Founders Hall, Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 3 p.m. $30 to $40. (714) 556-2787.
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April 5, 1997 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Asked to choose a favorite among the opera premieres he has led from the orchestra pit, John DeMain, Opera Pacific's new music director, pulls a long face. "Not a fair question," he says, but rises to the challenge anyway. "I would have to say 'Nixon in China' is a phenomenal work. I thought there was so much in that."
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March 8, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John DeMain, a former director of the Houston Grand Opera who led Opera Pacific's inaugural production in 1987 and returned to conduct four other works, has been chosen music director of the local company. The position was created by general director Patrick L. Veitch, who has restructured the company's management since he arrived in September.
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October 24, 1987 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music Critic
If one may judge on the basis of who was there in that dressy capacity crowd and, more important, who would have wanted to be there, the center of the operatic universe Thursday night wasn't the Met, La Scala, Covent Garden or the Vienna Staatsoper. It certainly wasn't the Bolshoi, the Kirov or the venerable Peking Opera. Try the sprawling, glitzy, new yet stubbornly old-fashioned opera house in revitalized downtown Houston--the Wortham Center.
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April 13, 2000 | CHRIS PASLES
Opera Pacific has entered into escrow to purchase a 20,000-square-foot facility in Santa Ana. The $1.5-million property will be the company's new administrative and artistic home. The building, at 600 W. Warner Ave. in Santa Ana, would provide space for offices, rehearsal studios, a costume shop and warehouse space for sets and wardrobe. Escrow is scheduled to close by July 25. The company has until May 27 to make its final decision.
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November 3, 2002 | Chris Pasles
Opera Pacific will open its 17th season Tuesday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center with Puccini's "La Boheme," a change in the executive team, a deficit of roughly $1 million (of an $8-million budget) and a drop in individual ticket buyers. But it also has a rise in subscribers. Patricia Houk, director of production for 22 years at Houston Grand Opera, has taken the same post with Opera Pacific, replacing Mitchell Krieger, who held the position since 1998 and left in late August.
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