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December 1, 2010
'Rigoletto' Where: Los Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 11 and 15; 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 18 Tickets: $20 to $270 Information: (213) 972-8001 or http://www.laopera.com Running time: 2 hours, 35 minutes
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January 28, 2013 | By James C. Taylor
NEW YORK -- The Metropolitan Opera is putting the ring-a-ding-ding in “Rigoletto.” Since its premiere in 1851, Verdi's opera set in 16th century Mantua has been updated to countless locales, from Victorian England to the Planet of the Apes; but this week when the curtain rises on “Rigoletto” at the Metropolitan Opera, the action will take place in a Las Vegas casino circa 1960 under the guidance of stage director Michael Mayer. (The opera will screen in movie theaters nationwide on Feb. 16.)
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 1989
I wish to differ with Times music critic Dan Cariaga in his appraisal of the cast in the "Rigoletto" performance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center ("N.Y. Company Opens Visit to Orange County With 'Rigoletto,' " Calendar, Jan. 19). I was there Jan. 17, and I felt the production lacked the bite, the intensity and the compelling urgency that makes for high drama. I do not share Cariaga's opinion that the orchestra played carefully and in admirable balance with the stage.
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November 17, 2012 | By James C. Taylor
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - But what he really wants to do is conduct … For the next three weeks Eric Owens is playing the supporting role of Sharpless in Los Angeles Opera's "Madame Butterfly," but at age 42, the Philadelphia-born singer has earned a leading position that few can claim: Right now Owens is the voice of the Metropolitan Opera. Literally, his deep bass-baritone is the voice-over on the Met's television commercials and promos this season, and figuratively, Owens is arguably the company's standout performer over the last two seasons.
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October 9, 1985 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music Critic
Verdi's "Rigoletto," for better or worse, used to be regarded as a singers' opera. The tenor-in-tights offered a self-indulgent concert-in-costume capped, and not a moment too soon, by the showy flourishes of "La donna e mobile." The soprano chirped chronic filigree cadenzas at whim and, sometimes, ascended to a very, very high E never even dreamed of by the presumably unimaginative composer.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2000
As an opera docent and co-chair of adult lectures at Opera Pacific, I was more than a little interested in reading Elaine Dutka's article on the L.A. Opera production of Verdi's "Rigoletto" ("Verdi, Meet Armani," Feb. 27). She quotes director Bruce Beresford as saying, " 'Rigoletto' is often done as a happy-go-lucky story with a sad ending. In fact, the whole opera is a moody piece, despite the buoyant music." What??? Even the sixth-grade students I introduced to Opera Pacific's production would have enough insight to counter this absurd remark.
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March 3, 2000 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
A pleasant, and unusual, buzz could be detected at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Wednesday night. The new Los Angeles Opera production of "Rigoletto" directed by a popular filmmaker, Bruce Beresford, meant a higher-than-usual quotient of celebrities in the audience (and extra journalists). Hollywood likes only one thing better than seeing its own: seeing itself.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2012 | By David Ng
In his latest movie "To Rome With Love," Woody Allen plays Jerry, a retired music executive and former opera director who travels to Italy to meet his daughter's fiancé. Upon his arrival in the Eternal City, Jerry encounters his future son-in-law's father, an undertaker who happens to have a perfect operatic voice - but only when he's singing in the shower. The chance discovery precipitates a series of comic set pieces, and prompts Jerry to rediscover his passion for the operatic art form.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 2010
MUSIC Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Wagner and Hindemith Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall When: Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets: $42-$167 OPERA LA Opera performs "Rigoletto" Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion When: Opens Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 18 Tickets: $40-$270 ARCHITECTURE Charles Phoenix's Disneyland Tour of Downtown L.A. Where: Departs from Union Station ...
NEWS
August 20, 2000
Your fond, historic obituary for the venerable Sarno's ("In Los Feliz, Life Will Be a Little Less Sweet," Aug. 1) was much appreciated. However, you cannot dismiss world-class basso-baritone Mario Storache's efforts to reincarnate the Caffe dell'Opera as an unsuccessful stab by "another Italian American." The magic Mario did--in an albeit brief attempt over two years--is a page in the history of this city's informal (if less than grand) opera [scene] that will never be forgotten by the music lovers who witnessed it. Most of all, the impromptu nature of it, in a metropolis desperate for form, fed the souls of the wandering spirits indigenous to L.A. One night we saw Mario recruit in minutes a glorious, impromptu "Rigoletto" quartet from the professionals dining there.
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September 10, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
TORONTO -- Actor Dustin Hoffman has been trying to direct a movie for years. At the age of 75, he has finally done so, and if the audience reaction inside the Elgin Theatre on Sunday evening was any indication, it was well worth the wait. From the two standing ovations awarded to Hoffman and his 77-year old star, Maggie Smith, before the film even began, to a third handed out at the conclusion of the screening, it was evident that this older crowd at the Toronto International Film Festival was thrilled with Hoffman's film "Quartet.
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August 14, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Hollywood Bowl, yet again, became a beacon for helicopter pilots Sunday night. But then there was a grisly murder in the Hollywood Hills to check out. A hunchback, who was not really a hunchback, took out a contract on his daughter's lover, a lothario. The job went awry. The young woman was stabbed instead and discovered by her father as she lay dying in a garbage bag. Which is to say that Gustavo Dudamel chose "Rigoletto" for his annual Bowl opera with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2012
John Finnegan Character actor appeared regularly on 'Columbo' John Finnegan, 85, a character actor who portrayed a scout in the 1984 baseball film "The Natural" and regularly appeared on television's "Columbo," died Sunday at his Palm Desert home from pneumonia and complications of old age, said his wife, Carolynn. At the Actors Studio in his native New York City he became friends with John Cassavetes and Peter Falk, two connections that helped Finnegan when he moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2012 | By David Ng
In his latest movie "To Rome With Love," Woody Allen plays Jerry, a retired music executive and former opera director who travels to Italy to meet his daughter's fiancé. Upon his arrival in the Eternal City, Jerry encounters his future son-in-law's father, an undertaker who happens to have a perfect operatic voice - but only when he's singing in the shower. The chance discovery precipitates a series of comic set pieces, and prompts Jerry to rediscover his passion for the operatic art form.
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December 5, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Where else but Los Angeles could the names in the audience be as familiar as those onstage? Witness the Nov. 28 opening for "Next to Normal," the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical at the Ahmanson Theatre . The guests included Keely and Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Camryn Manheim, Sarah Silverman, Rob Corddry, Tracie Thoms of "Cold Case," Adam Brody of "The O.C.," Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sarah Hyland of "Modern Family" and Billie...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2010
'Rigoletto' Where: Los Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 11 and 15; 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 18 Tickets: $20 to $270 Information: (213) 972-8001 or http://www.laopera.com Running time: 2 hours, 35 minutes
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
TORONTO -- Actor Dustin Hoffman has been trying to direct a movie for years. At the age of 75, he has finally done so, and if the audience reaction inside the Elgin Theatre on Sunday evening was any indication, it was well worth the wait. From the two standing ovations awarded to Hoffman and his 77-year old star, Maggie Smith, before the film even began, to a third handed out at the conclusion of the screening, it was evident that this older crowd at the Toronto International Film Festival was thrilled with Hoffman's film "Quartet.
NEWS
November 5, 2000 | F.N. D'ALESSIO, ASSOCIATED PRESS
They're rehearsing "The Great Gatsby," and Bob Grist is standing in the spotlight, stage center, without any idea which role he is supposed to be playing. He might be Nick Carraway, he might be Tom Buchanan, he might even be Daisy Buchanan. But Grist doesn't ask questions, and he doesn't move unless the disembodied voice from the "God mike" above the stage tells him to. "Take two steps stage left," it says. Grist obeys. "Take one step downstage," it says. Again he obeys.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2010 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Some conductors have an affinity for certain compositions, returning to them obsessively throughout their careers. James Conlon's relationship with Verdi's "Rigoletto" goes beyond a professional interest. The oft-revived warhorse, which he is conducting this month at Los Angeles Opera, is a work that has occupied his mind since adolescence. Conlon's association with "Rigoletto" began when he was a 12-year-old living in Queens, New York. It was early 1963, and the young musician had encountered Verdi's opera for the first time as a student.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 2010
MUSIC Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Wagner and Hindemith Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall When: Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets: $42-$167 OPERA LA Opera performs "Rigoletto" Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion When: Opens Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 18 Tickets: $40-$270 ARCHITECTURE Charles Phoenix's Disneyland Tour of Downtown L.A. Where: Departs from Union Station ...
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