March 15, 2014 |
The sound of a woman descending into madness is rich and piercing - and oddly beautiful. In a quiet rehearsal room at the Los Angeles Opera, music director James Conlon gathers about half a dozen people around a grand piano. Among them is Russian coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova and French musician Thomas Bloch, who's just arrived from Paris with a rare, treasured instrument, the glass harmonica. Bloch takes a seat at what looks like an antique pedal sewing machine with gold-rimmed glass discs rotating on its spindle.
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 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
November 17, 2007 |
Los Angeles Opera will celebrate the 40th anniversary of company general manager Placido Domingo's first appearance at the company's home, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with an April 18 gala concert at the theater at which Domingo is expected to perform. The celebrated tenor sang the title role in Alberto Ginastera's "Don Rodrigo" at the then-new Chandler Pavilion on Nov. 17, 1967.
May 3, 2008 |
Gregory Henkel, planning manager for Los Angeles Opera, will move to San Francisco Opera as director of artistic administration beginning June 1. Henkel, who worked at LA Opera for three years, will team with San Francisco Opera general director David Gockley, music director Donald Runnicles and incoming music director Nicola Luisotti to determine casting and contracting, identifying new singers and choice of repertoire. -- -- Chris Pasles
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.