April 8, 2013 |
SANTIAGO, Chile - Chilean authorities on Monday exhumed the body of Pablo Neruda to check claims by a former chauffeur that the Nobel Prize-winning poet may have been killed by government agents shortly after the 1973 overthrow of his friend, President Salvador Allende. Under a special tent and wearing protective clothing, a team of forensic pathologists that included a U.S. toxicologist gathered in the coastal resort town of Isla Negra to oversee the exhumation. Neruda died on Sept.
February 12, 2013 |
Nobel Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda's body will be exhumed and autopsied, a judge ruled this week. An investigation of Neruda's death was opened in 2011, 38 years after he died of what was said to be malnutrition or cancer. Judge Mario Carroza ordered the investigation after Chile's Communist Party filed an official request. Carroza is overseeing the cases of hundreds of Chileans who were "disappeared" during Gen. Augusto Pinochet's notoriously ruthless regime. Pinochet took over from Salvador Allende in a military coup in 1973.
July 16, 2012 |
Two years after starring in its premiere in Los Angeles, Placido Domingo brought “Il Postino,” the opera about the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, to Neruda's homeland. The opera by the late Daniel Catan just concluded a run at the Municipal Theater of Santiago starring Domingo, who is L.A. Opera's general director. The performances featured other leading cast members from the L.A. production. Conducting is Grant Gershon, the resident conductor of Los Angeles Opera, who also led the orchestra for the L.A. premiere.
May 1, 2011 |
It is said that the takeover of Chile in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet broke the heart of Pablo Neruda, the country's best-known poet. The man who wrote so openly of love and heartache could not bear to see his country in the hands of a military dictator and died days after Pinochet came to power. After his death, some Chileans said Neruda was spared the agony of seeing thousands of his countrymen killed during Pinochet's regime, which lasted until 1989. Revolutions. Dictatorships.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2011 |
Daniel Catán, an opera composer and librettist whose works including "Il Postino" and "Florencia en el Amazonas" have been praised for their lyrical romanticism and humane generosity of spirit, died suddenly Saturday in Austin, Texas. He was 62. Catán's death was announced by the Butler School of Music of the University of Texas, where he was a visiting artist. The cause has not been determined. A South Pasadena resident, Catán had been commissioned by the Butler School to adapt Frank Capra's 1941 classic film "Meet John Doe" for the operatic stage.
September 19, 2010 |
As opera composer Daniel CatÃ¡n tells the story, many years ago he had a poet friend who wrote "really wonderful erotic" verse. So one memorable evening CatÃ¡n decided to try out a few lines on his girlfriend. "We ended up having a very sexy night," CatÃ¡n recalled in an interview last week ahead of the world premiere of his latest work, "Il Postino" (The Postman), set for Thursday at L.A. Opera. "So I passed it on to the writer of those poems, who said, 'She should've been falling in my arms, not yours!