February 26, 2011 |
The rising Southern California-bred soprano Angel Blue is having a smashing Vienna debut ? except for an ugly encounter with a racist cab driver outside a Starbucks in the Austrian capital. Blue, who has sung several roles for Los Angeles Opera, where she trained in its Domingo-Thornton Young Artist program, was on break from rehearsals for Benjamin Britten's "The Rape of Lucretia" and needed a ride back to the venerable Theater an der Wien opera house. She hopped in a white Mercedes cab, according to the Viennese weekly magazine News, only to hear the driver snarl, "I don't drive black women.
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