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November 9, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Verdi's "La Traviata" makes a built-in pitch to the young. Boy and girl fall in love. They steal away to the country. Boy's father finds the girl, upbraids her and persuades her to leave his son. Agonized, the boy follows, denounces her. She dies, and the son chastises his father as the two stand at her deathbed. The boy is called Alfredo.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Verdi's "La Traviata" makes a built-in pitch to the young. Boy and girl fall in love. They steal away to the country. Boy's father finds the girl, upbraids her and persuades her to leave his son. Agonized, the boy follows, denounces her. She dies, and the son chastises his father as the two stand at her deathbed. The boy is called Alfredo.
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January 27, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The idea in going to a production by Western Opera Theater, the touring arm of the San Francisco Opera, is to catch a rising star or at least find comfort in the level of training young singers are receiving in that major opera house. Neither of these hopes panned out substantially, however, at a WOT performance of Verdi's "La Traviata" Friday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. In English, and with accompaniment from two pianos, it was sponsored by the UC Irvine Office of Arts and Lectures.
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March 2, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opera Pacific will open its four-opera 1999-2000 season with Verdi's "La Traviata," Nov. 9-14, at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Elizabeth Futral, who recently sang Stella in Andre Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire" for the San Francisco Opera, will sing her first Violetta. David Miller will sing Alfredo, and Louis Otey will sing Germont. John Mauceri will conduct. Linda Brovsky directs the 1987 San Francisco Opera production. Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" is Jan.
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February 19, 2001 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Earl Staley's old-fashioned and colorful production of Gounod's "Faust," created for Houston Opera in the 1980s and last seen at San Diego Opera exactly 13 years ago, has returned to Civic Theatre. It is a striking, handsome, beautifully lit production, with gorgeous costumes, and its revival Saturday night was happily applauded by a full house of opening-nighters. The singing, quite acceptable but undistinctive, is nothing to shout about, yet the musical leadership is expert.
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September 24, 1992 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Donizetti's should-be charming, must-be stylish "L'Elisir d'Amore" has returned to the War Memorial Opera House after a seven-year absence in a revival that honors a lazy, laissez-faire tradition. San Francisco has poured a flat new elixir into a shabby old bottle. When this production was first seen, 25 years ago, it represented the first independent effort here by an extraordinarily resourceful stage director named Lotfi Mansouri.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2001 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opera Pacific will produce its first Russian opera, Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin," as part of its 2001-02 season at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. The season will include the Southern California premiere of Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking" and new productions of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and Rossini's "The Barber of Seville."
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April 8, 1996 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Ensemble casting and the light-footed but sensitive staging of a debutant director made the latest San Diego Opera production of Rossini's "La Cenerentola" a jolly occasion at the opening in Civic Theatre Saturday night. The singers, generally respected but not famous names in the world of opera, took a long time to warm up, but performed well once at the simmering point.
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November 20, 1997
A new 6,500-square-foot hands-on learning center opens at the Petersen Automotive Museum using interactive displays based on the automobile to teach childen about mechanics, motion, force and energy. Children can take a spin on a driving simulator, learn about physics on the Gravitram, discover the force of inertia by racing two wheels down a track or play the part of a sparkplug on a giant internal combustion engine.
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May 13, 2002 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The most famous entrance aria in opera is Figaro's "Largo al factotum" in Rossini's "The Barber of Seville." Everyone in the sold-out Irvine Barclay Theatre on Saturday was waiting for John Packard to sing it in Opera Pacific's new co-production of Rossini's sparkling comedy with Madison Opera. Packard had just appeared last month as the murderer Joseph DeRocher in Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking."
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November 24, 1997 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Vienna in the late 19th century was addicted to the waltz and schmaltz of operetta. Lovers fell in love dancing to Johann Strauss' melodies. Even Mahler's symphonies were what they were, in part, because he, like everyone else at the time, was a nut for Strauss. But it was a very different Vienna in which Emmerich Kalman wrote "Countess Maritza" in 1924.
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