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October 15, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
Soprano Jennifer Smith, 27, of Tustin, came in first; Mel Whitehead, a 33-year-old bass from Anaheim, came in second, and Laura Fries, a 31-year-old soprano from Fountain Valley, came in third on Sunday among the 12 participants in the Orange County district Metropolitan Opera auditions held at Chapman University. Each winner will compete in regional finals Nov. 1 and 2 at USC.
November 8, 1993 | CHRIS PASLES
Soprano Laurel Boyd, 30, of Laguna Niguel, won first place at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Western Regional Auditions on Friday at USC. Boyd will now go to New York City in March to compete in the national finals. Winners of that competition receive prize money from the Met. Mezzo-sopranos Katherine Lundeen, 31, of San Diego, and Elizabeth Anne Saunders, 27, of Los Angeles, won second and third place, respectively. They will not compete in the national finals.
May 26, 1994
All 10 finalists in the 22nd annual Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition for Young Opera Singers, held Sunday at Ambassador Auditorium, took home cash prizes. The top finisher from Southern California was soprano Kristi Peterson of Irvine, who finished second and was awarded $8,000, plus a round-trip flight to Austria for auditions. First place went to tenor Jon Villars from New York City, who took home $10,000. Bass-baritone Chester Patton of Daly City, Calif.
January 17, 1995 | TIMOTHY MANGAN
For its annual foray into the nether regions of operas (and operettas) past, the Los Angeles Concert Opera Association this year chose the 1915 Viennese confection "Die Csardasfurstin" by Emmerich Kalman, sung in English as "The Csardas Princess." This was revival on a shoestring Sunday afternoon at Ambassador Auditorium, semi-staged, sort-of costumed and with no sets to speak of, just a couple of tables and champagne glasses to suggest backstage or ballroom ambience, as need be.
November 11, 1989 | BRUCE BURROUGHS
Mozart's "The Magic Flute" is an imperishable masterpiece by any lights, but how many of us have sat through interminably draggy, supremely unmagical performances by major opera companies and gone home feeling it would be just fine never to see it again? Surprise! The antidote to those secret "I-hate-the-'Flute' " blues is being produced right now at UC Irvine.
December 5, 1987 | CHARLES SOLOMON
Because of--or perhaps in spite of--"A Christmas Carol," the popular image of an Old English Christmas is tied to Victorian London. Joseph Huszti and his students in the music department at UC Irvine offer a re-creation of an older and merrier celebration from the court of Henry VIII in "Christmas Eve 1542," their annual madrigal dinner at the campus Fine Arts Village Theater.
It wasn't Mozart's "Die Zauberflote" Saturday night at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Decisively, this was "The Magic Flute." Opera Pacific had opted for Andrew Porter's sensible translation of the folksy-lofty comedy, and, just in case anyone missed a word, the English text was redundantly flashed, two rhyming lines at a time, on the super-title screen atop the proscenium. The translator's name, not incidentally, was omitted from the program credits: Ask not why.
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