May 21, 2000 |
After nearly 20 years in Los Angeles, Peter Hemmings still seems a quintessentially proper Englishman. The founding general director of Los Angeles Opera, who will retire next month, doesn't publicly shirk blame or boast. Over lunch recently, he ended many thoughts about his 14 seasons here with the question, "Do you think I was right?" or the doubt, "Perhaps I was wrong."
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May 10, 2000 |
Peter Hemmings has not stopped surprising the local opera scene since he made his presence known in 1984, founding Los Angeles' own opera company. But after 43 years of dedicating his life to mentoring young opera singers, Hemmings will retire. But not before receiving one more recognition from Cal State Northridge.
April 19, 2000
The Los Angeles Opera and Pasadena's Armory Center for the Arts are the top Southland recipients of National Endowment for the Arts grants in the federal arts agency's second round of fiscal year 2000 grants, announced today. The opera company received $100,000 for its Educational Continuum program, and the Armory Center was given the same amount for two curriculum-based educational programs.
February 27, 2000 |
During an early February rehearsal, a slightly rumpled fellow with an Aussie accent and an easy laugh walks up to the tenor playing the Duke of Mantua in the upcoming Los Angeles Opera production of "Rigoletto." What, inquires the singer, is my state of mind in this scene? The director, a stickler for behavior and body language, warms to the question. "You're irritating everyone in the room--but no matter," he replies. "You're the big cheese and everyone's inhibited by your fame.
January 21, 2000 |
The 2000-2001 Los Angeles Opera season, to be unveiled today, was largely designed by departing general director Peter Hemmings, but Placido Domingo will mark his arrival at the helm next season with appearances both as conductor and singer. In announcing the program, Hemmings and L.A. Opera artistic director-designate Domingo acknowledged that the season had been planned well in advance of Domingo's appointment, which was made public in 1998 and is set to begin in July.
September 9, 1999
For Wednesday night's opening of the 14th season of Los Angeles Opera, an A-list of celebrities was scheduled to be on hand at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, from Jack Nicholson to David Hockney, from Sidney Poitier to Julia Ormond. Annette Bening, however, wasn't able to make it--opening night of the opera collided with the premiere of her new film, "American Beauty." But Bening wasn't about to miss Placido Domingo in "Samson et Dalila."