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May 22, 2013 | By David Ng
When soprano Natalie Dessay showed up for rehearsals for the 2011 production of "La Traviata" at the annual Aix-en-Provence Festival in France, she encountered a rather unwelcome presence -- a documentary crew with a camera that followed her around in disarming proximity. "I didn't want them to be there. I was very annoyed that someone was filming us," Dessay recalled in a recent interview. The French singer was speaking by phone from San Francisco, where she was preparing to perform in Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffman.
January 1, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Dorothy Forman, an arts philanthropist and leading supporter of Los Angeles Opera, has died. She was 90. Forman died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a statement from the opera company. The cause of death was not announced. Forman's philanthropic support for opera in Los Angeles began in the 1970s, when she joined the board of the Music Center Opera Assn. In 1985, she pledged a substantial amount to the association's successor organization, Los Angeles Opera.
December 12, 2012 | By David Ng
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.
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 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
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.
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