September 12, 2013 |
Growing up in Dublin, Ireland, mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon never dreamed of becoming an international opera star. It was rock 'n' roll that spoke to her - Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix were favorites. Then, when she was 12, a music teacher suggested she take voice lessons. Studying with top singing teacher Veronica Dunne, "opera is just what came about," she says. Now Bardon will star in the Los Angeles Opera's season opener, Georges Bizet's "Carmen. " The French tale of love and jealousy among Gypsy fortunetellers will be directed by Trevore Ross and conducted by L.A. Opera general director Plácido Domingo.
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May 8, 2010 |
Flora Laney Thornton, a longtime Los Angeles philanthropist and patron of the arts who was the namesake of USC's School of Music, has died. She was 96. Thornton died Friday of pulmonary disease at her home in Holmby Hills, her family said. A Kansas native who arrived in Los Angeles in 1948 with her first husband, Litton Industries co-founder Charles B. "Tex" Thornton, she was a major donor to numerous Southern California institutions, from the Library Foundation of Los Angeles to the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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.
December 12, 2012 |
Plácido Domingo will perform in a special concert in Los Angeles next summer devoted to zarzuela and other Latin American music. The June 7 concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will be organized by Los Angeles Opera and feature a variety of young singers. L.A. Opera said Domingo will sing on stage and conduct the company's orchestra. Soloists will include soprano Janai Brugger, a recent Operalia winner and an alumna of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program; tenor Joshua Guerrero, a first-year member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program; and by soprano María Eugenia Antúnez. The concert will be followed by the 15th annual Plácido Domingo Award presentation to soprano Ailyn Pérez.
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August 23, 2002 |
The Los Angeles Opera, a company whose international profile has been raised since the appointment of Placido Domingo as artistic director, has abruptly canceled the most ambitious production of its coming season because of a financial disagreement with its biggest donor. "War and Peace," a $3-million production featuring the forces of the acclaimed Kirov Opera, was supposed to open Oct. 23 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
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...
May 15, 2013 |
James Conlon, the music director of Los Angeles Opera, will pay tribute to the late conductor Colin Davis in a pair of concerts this month at the Festival de Saint-Denis in Paris. Davis had been scheduled to conduct the concerts, but the renowned British maestro died in April at the age of 85. Conlon is to lead the Orchestre National de France and the Choeurs de Radio France in two performances of Berlioz's "L'Enfance du Christ" on May 29 and 31. Both performances will be streamed live on Arte Live Web , which can be viewed in the U.S. (Arte is a European television channel devoted to the arts.)
September 30, 2013 |
When renowned tenor Plácido Domingo was still a relatively unknown singer from Spain, he made his Los Angeles-area debut at the Music Center in 1967 in a touring series by the New York City Opera. His local debut included performances in "Don Rodrigo," "La Traviata" and "Madama Butterfly. " "My early performances with New York City Opera were what really kicked off my international career, and I look back on those days with enormous pride," Domingo said in a recent statement sent to The Times.