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September 12, 2005 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Randall Behr, who conducted 24 productions for the Los Angeles Opera and served as resident conductor of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, has died. Behr, 53, died in his sleep Thursday of a heart attack at a hotel in Bloomington, Ind., according to his mother, Colleen Bare of Modesto. Behr was in Bloomington preparing Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" for an Indiana University opera production scheduled to open Sept. 23.
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September 12, 2005 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Randall Behr, who conducted 24 productions for the Los Angeles Opera and served as resident conductor of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, has died. Behr, 53, died in his sleep Thursday of a heart attack at a hotel in Bloomington, Ind., according to his mother, Colleen Bare of Modesto. Behr was in Bloomington preparing Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" for an Indiana University opera production scheduled to open Sept. 23.
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October 1, 1990 | JOHN HENKEN
"Nixon in China" is not much of a conductor's opera, but all those who have had a turn with it have seemed able to impart a distinctive character. Certainly Randall Behr did so Saturday evening, when the piece returned to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion after a 13-day layoff.
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September 24, 1994
I am writing in response to Timothy Pfaff's review of the premiere of Conrad Susa's opera "Dangerous Liaisons" (" 'Liaisons' a Tricky Outing in San Francisco," Sept. 12). I do not propose to comment on Pfaff's aesthetic objections to Susa's work; Pfaff has every right to express his opinion, however obtuse, and in whatever style he chooses, however mean-spirited. As a musicologist who clings to the old-fashioned virtues of absolute probity and historical accuracy, and as I am personally acquainted with Susa, I am writing to correct Pfaff's inaccurate claim that "Susa's score may not even be his work."
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September 24, 1994
I am writing in response to Timothy Pfaff's review of the premiere of Conrad Susa's opera "Dangerous Liaisons" (" 'Liaisons' a Tricky Outing in San Francisco," Sept. 12). I do not propose to comment on Pfaff's aesthetic objections to Susa's work; Pfaff has every right to express his opinion, however obtuse, and in whatever style he chooses, however mean-spirited. As a musicologist who clings to the old-fashioned virtues of absolute probity and historical accuracy, and as I am personally acquainted with Susa, I am writing to correct Pfaff's inaccurate claim that "Susa's score may not even be his work."
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November 22, 1991 | DONNA PERLMUTTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Glorious entrances and exits are hardly par for the opera conductor--he treads through orchestra pit to the podium with only a moving spotlight to mark his appearance. But tonight when Randall Behr presides over the Music Center Opera's opening of "Il Barbiere di Siviglia," he will be fulfilling an old European tradition observed by none less than Toscanini, Karajan and Solti.
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April 22, 1989 | JOHN HENKEN
"I need a clone, at the very least," Randall Behr says ruefully. The 37-year-old conductor is the resident associate conductor for Los Angeles Music Center Opera, music director for Long Beach Opera and music director of USC Opera--all three of which have productions running or in preparation. "It's a little strange this morning, throttling down," Behr says from the Long Beach Opera offices, where he is deep in preliminary "Marriage of Figaro" rehearsals for that company's Beaumarchais trilogy, after conducting the opening night of Music Center Opera's "Salome" revival in what amounts to his major company/major production debut.
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February 15, 1991
The 1991-92 Music Center Opera schedule and castings in the major roles: * "Madama Butterfly" (Puccini). Maria Ewing, Placido Domingo/Jorge Antonio Pita, Thomas Allen/John Atkins; conducted by Randall Behr; directed by Ian Judge. Sept. 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 29. * "Les Troyens" (Berlioz). Nadine Secunde, Carol Neblett, Gary Lakes; conducted by Charles Dutoit; directed by Francesca Zambello. Sept. 14, 17, 20, 22, 25. * "Don Giovanni" (Mozart).
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November 27, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Carmen Casting: Greek mezzo-soprano Agnes Baltsa has bowed out of her scheduled performances as "Carmen" Jan. 22-Feb. 4 with L.A. Music Center Opera to be with her gravely ill mother. She will be replaced by American mezzo Denyce Graves, one of two singers who replaced Marilyn Horne when she canceled her San Francisco Opera "Carmen" dates last month. Other principals for the L.A. opera remain: Placido Domingo as Don Jose, Angelique Burzynski as Micaela and Michael Devlin as Escamillo.
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October 15, 1991 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Sudden Exits: On her doctor's advice, diva Jessye Norman canceled Sunday's performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the last minute because of a viral infection. The orchestra played as much of the concert as possible without the soloist, and managing director Ernest Fleischmann offered the audience coupons good for future concert tickets. . . . Music Center Opera conductor Lawrence Foster has returned home to France because of an illness in his family.
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November 22, 1991 | DONNA PERLMUTTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Glorious entrances and exits are hardly par for the opera conductor--he treads through orchestra pit to the podium with only a moving spotlight to mark his appearance. But tonight when Randall Behr presides over the Music Center Opera's opening of "Il Barbiere di Siviglia," he will be fulfilling an old European tradition observed by none less than Toscanini, Karajan and Solti.
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October 1, 1990 | JOHN HENKEN
"Nixon in China" is not much of a conductor's opera, but all those who have had a turn with it have seemed able to impart a distinctive character. Certainly Randall Behr did so Saturday evening, when the piece returned to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion after a 13-day layoff.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 1989 | JOHN HENKEN
"I need a clone, at the very least," Randall Behr says ruefully. The 37-year-old conductor is the resident associate conductor for Los Angeles Music Center Opera, music director for Long Beach Opera and music director of USC Opera--all three of which have productions running or in preparation. "It's a little strange this morning, throttling down," Behr says from the Long Beach Opera offices, where he is deep in preliminary "Marriage of Figaro" rehearsals for that company's Beaumarchais trilogy, after conducting the opening night of Music Center Opera's "Salome" revival in what amounts to his major company/major production debut.
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August 3, 1991 | Richard S. Ginell
Even with more than half of its Gargantuan, five-hour score slashed away, Vivaldi's "Orlando Furioso" still makes an impact, as stylishly conducted by Randall Behr, on two laser discs (Pioneer Artists PA-90-343). The cast includes Marilyn Horne, Susan Patterson, Kathleen Kuhlmann, Sandra Walker, Jeffrey Gall, William Matteuzzi and Kevin Langan, with the orchestra and chorus of San Francisco Opera.
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September 20, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES
In a cast change greeted rapturously by a surprised audience, Placido Domingo abandoned his conducting duties to sing Cavaradossi in the final Music Center Opera performance of "Tosca" Monday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Domingo took over the role from Neil Shicoff, who had left Los Angeles over the weekend to meet rehearsal obligations at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The duties in the pit were passed to Randall Behr, resident associate conductor of the Music Center Opera.
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