August 19, 1998 |
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.
October 24, 1987 |
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.
May 13, 2001 |
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.
March 8, 1997 |
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.
September 11, 1999 |
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.
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.