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January 26, 1999 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It seems fitting that Peter Hemmings' final season as general director of L.A. Opera will feature Benjamin Britten's "Billy Budd," based on the novella by Herman Melville. Hemmings had hoped for years to bring Francesca Zambello's critically acclaimed production from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to Los Angeles. The production, which premiered in Geneva in 1994, featured baritone Rodney Gilfry in the title role; Gilfry will reprise the role at L.A. Opera in June 2000.
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May 21, 2000 | MARK SWED
Los Angeles Opera, under Placido Domingo, will grow. It must. In 2003, when Disney Hall opens, the company will no longer share the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with the Los Angeles Philharmonic but will be the hall's principal tenant. It is, I think, safe to say that Domingo's star power, his ability to draw audiences and fund-raising potential, were strong arguments for making him artistic director. The company is bearish. But what will Los Angeles Opera be besides bigger?
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May 21, 2000 | MARK SWED
Los Angeles Opera, under Placido Domingo, will grow. It must. In 2003, when Disney Hall opens, the company will no longer share the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with the Los Angeles Philharmonic but will be the hall's principal tenant. It is, I think, safe to say that Domingo's star power, his ability to draw audiences and fund-raising potential, were strong arguments for making him artistic director. The company is bearish. But what will Los Angeles Opera be besides bigger?
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January 26, 1999 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It seems fitting that Peter Hemmings' final season as general director of L.A. Opera will feature Benjamin Britten's "Billy Budd," based on the novella by Herman Melville. Hemmings had hoped for years to bring Francesca Zambello's critically acclaimed production from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to Los Angeles. The production, which premiered in Geneva in 1994, featured baritone Rodney Gilfry in the title role; Gilfry will reprise the role at L.A. Opera in June 2000.
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October 12, 1986
All I'm seeking for is the present perfect for the Long Beach Opera. In Martin Bernheimer's illuminating retrospective of opera companies in Los Angeles ("Los Angeles Pursues the Phantom of Opera," Oct. 5), the Long Beach Opera company was mentioned in the past tense, but according to the schedule of performances, its ninth season begins Oct. 17. As a longtime fan of Michael Milenski's brilliant (I'm not exaggerating) work in Long Beach, I want to correct the impression that it is past history.
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March 26, 1985 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
George London, whose brilliant operatic career was cut short by two physical tragedies, died Sunday night in Armonk, N.Y. The bass-baritone, the first American to sing "Boris Godunov" at the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow, was 64 and had been unable to speak, stand or write since a heart attack left him unconscious and brain-damaged in 1977. That misfortune followed by 10 years the loss of his singing voice when it was discovered that a nerve attached to one of his vocal cords had atrophied.
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August 24, 2002 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An evening of Russian and Italian opera excerpts served as the second and final performance by the touring Russian National Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday night. Alexander Vedernikov, recently appointed as music director of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, led this engaging program, his soloists two popular Russian singers well known in Southern California.
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April 3, 1987 | ALLAN JALON, Times Staff Writer
Rep. Sidney R. Yates (D-Ill.) was listening to a Reagan Administration official testify recently that new opera companies in Los Angeles and Orange County spoke well for the health of American opera. Yates' House subcommittee was considering the President's proposed 1988 budget reductions for the National Endowment for the Arts and was taking testimony from Patrick J. Smith, who heads the NEA's Opera-Musical Theater Program.
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