August 23, 2013 |
LISBON - One clear blue morning last October, professional opera singer Ana Maria Pinto boarded a bus at 6 a.m. in her hometown in Portugal's north and made her way to an 18th century colonnaded courtyard on this capital city's riverfront. It was Republic Day, a national holiday, but President Anibal Cavaco Silva's annual speech was closed to the public for the first time. Financially beleaguered Portugal is often hit by anti-austerity protests, and Lisbon's beleaguered officials wanted to avoid confrontation.
May 7, 2004 |
The Santa Fe Opera plans to present an opera in Spanish for the first time in nearly three decades, general director Richard Gaddes said. Argentine Osvaldo Golijov's "Ainadamar," which opened last year at Tanglewood, will be revised for the 2005 season by Golijov and director Peter Sellars. It is based on the life of poet-playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. The Santa Fe Opera's last Spanish-language production was Manuel de Falla's "La Vida Breve" in 1975.
January 20, 2005 |
If you're curious about opera but not quite ready to pop for a ticket, you can always get a taste of it at home. Some first-rate performances have been captured on celluloid and video, and they might just whet your appetite for the real thing. * Barber of Seville Rossini's enduring comedy pits two young lovers and a wily barber against a greedy older guardian who wants the girl -- and her dowry -- for himself. Cecilia Bartoli stars in this 1988 Schwetzingen Festival performance.
February 16, 1990 |
There aren't many organizations with ardor to equal that of the Music Center Opera League. Entrusted with the task of expanding the Los Angeles Music Center Opera's audience, league members act, according to President Joan Thompson, "like missionaries going out into the community telling everyone opera is here--and it's wonderful."
October 22, 2006
IN the late 1970s and early 1980s, opera power brokers at the Music Center had no real idea where to go with this most mercurial and trying of art forms ["Holding Onto a High Note," Oct. 8]. Other people and companies did. In 1979, a feisty lady named Johanna Dordick formed a company called Los Angeles Opera Repertory Theatre (later L.A. Opera Theatre). A year later, the company unveiled its first production, Benjamin Britten's "Albert Herring," at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, starring a then-unknown tenor named Jonathan Mack.
June 6, 2006 |
A Vivaldi opera that has not been performed officially for several centuries will be featured at this summer's Festival of the Two Worlds in the Umbrian hill town of Spoleto, Italy, organizers said Monday. American conductor Alan Curtis, who said he has been working on the opera for more than 10 years, will lead the Baroque Ensemble in the first performance since 1723 of "l'Ercole su'l Termodonte."
April 6, 2005 |
A female suicide bomber appears on a London stage and blows herself up along with the cast. The finale to the English National Opera's production of Richard Wagner's "Twilight of the Gods" is just the latest in a series of shock tactics by the company that brought pole dancing, gang rape and multiple stabbings to the sometimes staid world of opera. But the scene failed to impress critics long used to the company's radical productions.
June 24, 2006 |
Olga Borodina will no longer be singing at the Vienna State Opera, according to a statement by the company. The Russian diva, who has graced La Scala, Covent Garden, the Met, the Salzburg Festival and other famed operatic stages, was to make her Vienna State Opera debut this month as Isabella in Rossini's "L'Italiana in Algeria" ("The Italian in Algiers") -- one of her signature roles. But Agnes Baltsa is now singing the part.
April 20, 2007 |
Segregationist Gov. Eugene Talmadge, still one of Georgia's most theatrical political figures 60 years after his death, is taking center stage again -- this time as the villain in an opera. "A Scholar Under Siege," composed by Georgia Southern University music professor Michael Braz, tells the true story of how Talmadge in 1941 fired the college's president amid suspicions that he supported integrating the school.
December 28, 2004 |
Michael Schindhelm, the German director of Switzerland's Basel Theater, has been chosen as the first general director of a foundation set up this year to oversee Berlin's three opera houses. In announcing the appointment, the Berlin city government didn't specify when Schindhelm, 44, will take charge. Funding for the arts in debt-laden Berlin has been a problem since Germany and its capital reunited in 1990, bringing together the city's cultural venues in east and west.