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July 10, 2003 | Donna Perlmutter, Special to The Times
Violetta has just made her ultimate sacrifice -- a wrenching promise to give up the man she loves so his family's honor can remain unsullied. The illustrious courtesan knows that after today, she will never see Alfredo again. Unaware of her decision, he enters the room where she is writing a farewell note. Verdi's music swells, reflecting her anguish. "Amami, Alfredo," she cries, spinning out the notes ardently and rushing to embrace him. "Love me, Alfredo. Love me as much as I love you."
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July 10, 2003 | Donna Perlmutter, Special to The Times
Violetta has just made her ultimate sacrifice -- a wrenching promise to give up the man she loves so his family's honor can remain unsullied. The illustrious courtesan knows that after today, she will never see Alfredo again. Unaware of her decision, he enters the room where she is writing a farewell note. Verdi's music swells, reflecting her anguish. "Amami, Alfredo," she cries, spinning out the notes ardently and rushing to embrace him. "Love me, Alfredo. Love me as much as I love you."
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January 16, 1990 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
The Opera Pacific production of Verdi's "La Traviata" represents no milestone of interpretive insight. However, it makes good traditional sense--a few directorial quirks notwithstanding--so long as the three central roles are well cast. They were well cast for the opening performance, Saturday night at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. They turned out to be less well cast at the Sunday matinee.
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January 16, 1990 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
The Opera Pacific production of Verdi's "La Traviata" represents no milestone of interpretive insight. However, it makes good traditional sense--a few directorial quirks notwithstanding--so long as the three central roles are well cast. They were well cast for the opening performance, Saturday night at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. They turned out to be less well cast at the Sunday matinee.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 1990
Soprano Stephanie Friede has withdrawn from three performances of Verdi's "La Traviata" with Opera Pacific at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Friede, reportedly ill, will be replaced by Brenda Harris at the Sunday matinee and by Nova Thomas on Friday and Jan. 21.
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May 19, 2005 | Daniel Cariaga, Special to The Times
Over its 19 seasons, Opera Pacific has paraded before its audience a number of Violettas in Verdi's "La Traviata." The latest, seen Tuesday night in Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, is a charming, petite Russian soprano Dina Kuznetsova. But she is not the hero of this handsome and lavish production.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 1990 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Beni Montresor's storybook production of Donizetti's "La Fille du Regiment," which originated in the early 1970s, has returned to San Diego, where memories of Beverly Sills' appearance as Marie, in performances staged by Lotfi Mansouri, still enliven some operatic conversations. Seventeen years later (to the month), a new generation of opera-goers can now savor Montresor's enchanting sets and costumes, executed in irresistible greeting-card colors and exuding a joyous aura of fantasy.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opera Pacific will present three operas for its 1991 winter season at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, company officials announced Monday. The company's fifth season will open Jan. 12 with Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." It will run through Jan. 19 and followed by Bizet's "Les Pecheurs de Perles" (Feb. 15-March 3) and Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" (Feb. 20-March 2). Productions of the Puccini and Verdi works were designed for Washington (D.C.
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March 8, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opera Pacific will present five stage works, including a double bill and an operetta, for its 1991-92 season at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, officials announced Thursday. Tenor Placido Domingo will headline a benefit concert for the company on Jan. 12 to complete the season's offerings. The company's sixth season will open Sept. 7 with Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci."
NEWS
November 1, 1994 | KATHRYN BOLD
Powdered wigs, extravagant headdresses, capes and masks add to the elaborate fantasies. If they sang as good as they looked, those masquerading as their favorite opera characters Saturday would all be superstars like Beverly Sills or Luciano Pavarotti.
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February 18, 1993 | CHRIS PASLES, Chris Pasles covers music and dance for The Times Orange County Edition.
The tragedy of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is heightened by the fact that Romeo kills himself in the tomb beside Juliet without learning that she is alive. Well, that kind of bitter, ironic ending might have been fine for the Elizabethans. But it would never do for a 19th-Century Romantic opera, even if it is based rather closely on Shakespeare. So in Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette," which opens Friday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, there's a little twist.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 1990 | KENNETH HERMAN
With the desertion of soprano Diana Soviero from San Diego Opera's upcoming "La Traviata" production, local audiences will have the opportunity to hear soprano Christine Weidinger. The opera's general director, Ian Campbell, engaged Weidinger to replace Soviero, the headstrong diva who broke her local contract for a chance to sing at the Paris Opera. If this news upset some San Diego Opera subscribers, the choice of Weidinger should ease their distress.
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