June 4, 2000
Mark Swed's May 21 articles on Peter Hemmings and Los Angeles Opera provided well-merited coverage of a man and an institution that have changed the cultural landscape of Southern California. One aspect that Swed touched on but did not praise sufficiently is the company's commitment to developing young local artists. This is a mission Los Angeles Opera shares with the Opera Buffs Inc., which provides scholarships and performance opportunity to young singers in Southern California. Swed suggests that other companies have "stronger personalities" than Los Angeles Opera.
June 20, 2010 |
At one time, Los Angeles was Weimar on the Pacific: Numerous German-speaking émigrés put their stamp on the city to which they'd fled. What with directors such as Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch, writers such as Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht, and assorted film composers and actors — many of whom gathered to express their love of German high culture and their hatred of fascism — it seemed at times that the Southland's intellectual life...
August 18, 2002
"Artists and repertoire subject to change. No refunds or exchanges" reads the fine print on the Los Angeles Opera advertisement on Page 49 in the Aug. 11 Calendar. I ask you, would you put down money on next year's car knowing that the make, model and options would be subject to change, no refunds or exchanges? I do not think so. So why buy tickets in advance to the Los Angeles Opera? You have no choice of seating by phone or mail order, so best seat is not an option. Indeed, because they never really sell out, some of the best tickets are at the box office the night of performance.
May 17, 2003 |
Placido Domingo's resume has never looked better. But some of his colleagues and admirers may be excused for confusion over its contents. On Thursday, the Los Angeles Opera announced with fanfare Domingo's promotion from artistic director to general director, a move recognizing the tenor-administrator's increased control of the company's artistic and business sides.
May 29, 2004 |
Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, oft dubbed "opera's love couple," will sing three performances of Puccini's "La Boheme" for Los Angeles Opera next season, officials confirmed Friday. The glamorous husband-and-wife team will sing Dec. 10, 14 and 17 during the Nov. 20-Dec. 19 run of Puccini's popular work. Tenor Marco Berti and soprano Ana Maria Martinez are slated to sing the other performances. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 1. -- Chris Pasles