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January 30, 2005
Excellent article ("The Voice to Watch," Jan. 23) by Chris Kraul -- someone who really knows his tenors. However, I noticed that he forgot to mention Jose Carreras, who, together with Domingo and Pavarotti, was a member of the Three Tenors franchise; otherwise, the "heir" to their throne, Rolando Villazon, wouldn't have been dubbed "The Fourth Tenor." Kraul also forgot to mention Roberto Alagna, the first candidate ever identified as "The Fourth Tenor" and still the most recorded and identifiable tenor of the present crop.
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December 8, 2009
Villazon to sing again Star tenor Rolando Villazon says he will make his comeback at the Vienna State Opera in March after recovering from throat surgery. The singer announced in April that he needed surgery to remove a cyst on his larynx and has been resting his voice in order to make a proper recovery. Villazon said on his website Monday that he will perform the role of Nemorino in Gaetano Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" -- known in English as "The Elixir of Love" -- in the Austrian capital on March 22. It will mark his first public appearance after surgery and will be followed by more stints in a slew of other cities, including Berlin, Paris and Zurich.
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February 6, 2009 | Associated Press
A Polish tenor who is one of opera's rising stars will replace famed tenor Rolando Villazon in a Metropolitan Opera performance transmitted live to movie theaters worldwide. Opera fans' ears will be tuned to tenor Piotr Beczala on Saturday afternoon, when he sings the part of Edgardo in Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor." The Met said Villazon was ill with a cold. Saturday's performance is part of "The Met: Live in HD" series, which reaches hundreds of movie theaters and other venues in the U.S., Asia and Europe.
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September 11, 2009 | Karen Wada
It was, says Plácido Domingo, "truly a dream cast." For this season's opener, Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" (The Elixir of Love), Los Angeles Opera had signed Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon and American baritone Nathan Gunn -- both marquee names -- as well as the young Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze. To top it off, the great Italian bass Ruggero Raimondi was going to mark his 45th year on the stage with his first appearance in L.A. But then things began to go awry. Last spring, Villazon had to bow out because of vocal cord problems.
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February 5, 2005
Mark Swed's review of Charles Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" did a great disservice to the Los Angeles Opera company and to opera lovers throughout Southern California ["Romeo and ... What's Her Name," Jan. 31]. The audience did indeed, as he pointed out, rise to its feet at the conclusion, because we had just been mesmerized and enthralled by a beautifully acted and passionately sung performance by both principal singers, in an excellent production whose director was appropriately cheered as well by both audience and cast.
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February 6, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Will it be a baritone, or a soprano? Anna Netrebko says it is a high note of another kind: She is pregnant and getting married. The 36-year-old soprano and her fiance, Uruguayan baritone Erwin Schrott, are expecting a child this fall, her management company said Monday. "We are both very, very happy that soon there will be three of us," she said. It will be her first child. She and Schrott, 35, became engaged last year in New York. Schrott sang the title role in Los Angeles Opera's "Don Giovanni" last fall.
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September 5, 2009 | Karen Wada
Those who've been awaiting the L.A. debut of Ruggero Raimondi will have to wait a little longer. The venerable Italian bass was supposed to make his first appearance with the Los Angeles Opera as Doctor Dulcamara on Sept. 12 in the season opener, Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" ("The Elixir of Love"). But the company has just announced that the 67-year-old singer ruptured an Achilles tendon during rehearsal and must withdraw from the production. In his place, Italian baritone Giorgio Caoduro will assume the role of Dulcamara.
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October 16, 2006 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Rolando Villazon has driven Los Angeles Opera audiences to near frenzy as a dashing Romeo, a passionate Alfredo and most recently a fate-driven Des Gieux. Friday, in the new Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, the young Mexican tenor brought the same winning qualities to his first Southern California recital.
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September 11, 2009 | Karen Wada
It was, says Plácido Domingo, "truly a dream cast." For this season's opener, Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" (The Elixir of Love), Los Angeles Opera had signed Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon and American baritone Nathan Gunn -- both marquee names -- as well as the young Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze. To top it off, the great Italian bass Ruggero Raimondi was going to mark his 45th year on the stage with his first appearance in L.A. But then things began to go awry. Last spring, Villazon had to bow out because of vocal cord problems.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2009 | Karen Wada
At 38, Nathan Gunn has established himself as a sought-after baritone, an intelligent actor with a luscious voice. Part of a generation of singers determined to banish the "park and bark" style of operatic performance, he likes to push the edges of storytelling, especially by exploring new works. Thanks to a well-chiseled body and rugged good looks, Gunn is something else as well: a favorite on the pop-culture circuit. Last year, People magazine named him one of its "Sexiest Men Alive," and Stephen Colbert dubbed him a "super-sexy opera star."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2009 | Karen Wada
Those who've been awaiting the L.A. debut of Ruggero Raimondi will have to wait a little longer. The venerable Italian bass was supposed to make his first appearance with the Los Angeles Opera as Doctor Dulcamara on Sept. 12 in the season opener, Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" ("The Elixir of Love"). But the company has just announced that the 67-year-old singer ruptured an Achilles tendon during rehearsal and must withdraw from the production. In his place, Italian baritone Giorgio Caoduro will assume the role of Dulcamara.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2009 | Associated Press
A Polish tenor who is one of opera's rising stars will replace famed tenor Rolando Villazon in a Metropolitan Opera performance transmitted live to movie theaters worldwide. Opera fans' ears will be tuned to tenor Piotr Beczala on Saturday afternoon, when he sings the part of Edgardo in Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor." The Met said Villazon was ill with a cold. Saturday's performance is part of "The Met: Live in HD" series, which reaches hundreds of movie theaters and other venues in the U.S., Asia and Europe.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2009 | Karen Wada
At 38, Nathan Gunn has established himself as a sought-after baritone, an intelligent actor with a luscious voice. Part of a generation of singers determined to banish the "park and bark" style of operatic performance, he likes to push the edges of storytelling, especially by exploring new works. Thanks to a well-chiseled body and rugged good looks, Gunn is something else as well: a favorite on the pop-culture circuit. Last year, People magazine named him one of its "Sexiest Men Alive," and Stephen Colbert dubbed him a "super-sexy opera star."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Will it be a baritone, or a soprano? Anna Netrebko says it is a high note of another kind: She is pregnant and getting married. The 36-year-old soprano and her fiance, Uruguayan baritone Erwin Schrott, are expecting a child this fall, her management company said Monday. "We are both very, very happy that soon there will be three of us," she said. It will be her first child. She and Schrott, 35, became engaged last year in New York. Schrott sang the title role in Los Angeles Opera's "Don Giovanni" last fall.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2006 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Rolando Villazon has driven Los Angeles Opera audiences to near frenzy as a dashing Romeo, a passionate Alfredo and most recently a fate-driven Des Gieux. Friday, in the new Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, the young Mexican tenor brought the same winning qualities to his first Southern California recital.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2005
Mark Swed's review of Charles Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" did a great disservice to the Los Angeles Opera company and to opera lovers throughout Southern California ["Romeo and ... What's Her Name," Jan. 31]. The audience did indeed, as he pointed out, rise to its feet at the conclusion, because we had just been mesmerized and enthralled by a beautifully acted and passionately sung performance by both principal singers, in an excellent production whose director was appropriately cheered as well by both audience and cast.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2009
Villazon to sing again Star tenor Rolando Villazon says he will make his comeback at the Vienna State Opera in March after recovering from throat surgery. The singer announced in April that he needed surgery to remove a cyst on his larynx and has been resting his voice in order to make a proper recovery. Villazon said on his website Monday that he will perform the role of Nemorino in Gaetano Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" -- known in English as "The Elixir of Love" -- in the Austrian capital on March 22. It will mark his first public appearance after surgery and will be followed by more stints in a slew of other cities, including Berlin, Paris and Zurich.
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February 7, 2006 | From Associated Press
The Three Tenors won't make it to a fifth straight World Cup and will be replaced by two tenors and a soprano. On the final weekend of the last four international soccer championships, Placido Domingo sang with Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras in concerts. But a news conference is scheduled today to announce that Domingo will be joined by tenor Rolando Villazon and soprano Anna Netrebko at a concert in Berlin on July 7, two days before the World Cup final.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2005
Excellent article ("The Voice to Watch," Jan. 23) by Chris Kraul -- someone who really knows his tenors. However, I noticed that he forgot to mention Jose Carreras, who, together with Domingo and Pavarotti, was a member of the Three Tenors franchise; otherwise, the "heir" to their throne, Rolando Villazon, wouldn't have been dubbed "The Fourth Tenor." Kraul also forgot to mention Roberto Alagna, the first candidate ever identified as "The Fourth Tenor" and still the most recorded and identifiable tenor of the present crop.
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