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April 14, 1996 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Any young man growing up outside of Europe today who sets his sights on becoming an opera singer isn't going to have it easy. But if that young man happens to live in Mexico, his career path may be particularly rocky. Unlike Europe, Mexico has comparatively few institutions to support, let alone launch, an operatic career.
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April 14, 1996 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Any young man growing up outside of Europe today who sets his sights on becoming an opera singer isn't going to have it easy. But if that young man happens to live in Mexico, his career path may be particularly rocky. Unlike Europe, Mexico has comparatively few institutions to support, let alone launch, an operatic career.
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September 9, 1999
L.A. Opera's new production of Saint-Saens' "Samson et Dalila" (borrowed from San Francisco Opera) continues at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Sunday and Sept. 26 at 2 p.m., Wednesday and Sept. 18, 21 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. Denyce Graves sings the role of Dalila at all performances. As Samson, Placido Domingo sings Sept. 18, and American tenor Gary Lakes takes the role Wednesday and Sept. 21, 24 and 26. Lawrence Foster is the conductor, Nicolas Joel the stage director.
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September 6, 1998
MOVIES "Rounders," a tale of one man's journey through New York's high-stakes underground poker world, stars Matt Damon (with Edward Norton, at right), Gretchen Mol, John Malkovich, John Turturro and Martin Landau. The latest from filmmaker John Dahl opens in general release on Friday.
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July 20, 2007 | Ronald Blum, Associated Press
The Metropolitan Opera is getting back into the DVD business. Five of the Met's eight live high-definition movie-theater broadcasts next season will be released on DVD by EMI Classics, the companies said. The releases include Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" with Karita Mattila, Marcello Giordani and conductor James Levine; and Verdi's "Macbeth," with Levine conducting Lado Ataneli in the title role. It has been six years since the Met last recorded an opera that was released on DVD.
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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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July 23, 2002 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A concert version of Puccini's "La Boheme" Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl wasn't just a great night at the Bowl. It was a great "Boheme." This was all the more striking because it's harder to hold attention or follow the action of an opera without costumes and staging and, especially these days when we've gotten so used to them, without supertitles.
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September 13, 1999 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
One of the sunnier productions Los Angeles Opera has mounted in its first 13 seasons, the 1996 "Elixir of Love"--one ought to say "L'Elisir d'Amore," since it is sung in Italian--has returned. The opening-night performance Saturday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion may not have been enchanting, but it contained many radiant moments, mostly provided by the new Adina, American soprano Ruth Ann Swenson in her L.A. Opera debut.
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April 22, 1996 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a grand night Saturday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Los Angeles Music Center Opera was unveiling a handsome if sometimes eccentric new production of Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" (The Elixir of Love), which it created with Grand Thea^tre de Geneve. But L.A. was getting it first. It was well sung, well acted, well conducted and well played. It did not efface memories of, say, Luciano Pavarotti and Kathleen Battle. But it was not star-dependent nor star-struck either.
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September 5, 1999
Movies The supernatural thriller "Stigmata" stars Patricia Arquette as a seemingly ordinary young woman overcome by a mysterious powerful force. Gabriel Byrne and Jonathan Pryce co-star, and Rupert Wainwright directed. It opens Friday in general release. "Best Laid Plans," a thriller that explores the unexpected consequences of life-altering decisions, stars Allessandro Nivola, Reese Witherspoon and Josh Brolin as three young people testing the limits of their morality.
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