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August 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Forty seasons after making his unscheduled Metropolitan Opera debut as Maurizio in Cilea's "Adriana Lecouvreur," Placido Domingo is returning to the role. Originally scheduled to conduct the revival, which opens Feb. 6, Domingo will take over the starring tenor role, the New York City company said. He replaces Marcelo Alvarez, who took over from Salvatore Licitra as Manrico in the Met's new production of Verdi's "Il Trovatore," which opens Feb. 16. Domingo, who turns 67 in January, is scheduled to sing six performances.
February 1, 2007 | From Reuters
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October 28, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Rising opera star Salvatore Licitra suffered a rotator cuff injury getting out of a cab, but he didn't let that stop him from singing the role that was Enrico Caruso's trademark. On Tuesday night, the 38-year-old Italian tenor ended up in a hospital emergency ward, instead of a Manhattan party thrown by Sony Classical in celebration of his latest recording, "Forbidden Love." He had stepped out of a taxi in a narrow space between parked cars and went flying to the ground, left shoulder first.
September 7, 2006
Los Angeles Opera opens its new season this weekend with new music director James Conlon at the helm and two Verdi operas -- the familiar but reliably heartbreaking "La Traviata" on Saturday and the rarer, casting blockbuster "Don Carlo" on Sunday. In "Traviata," Renee Fleming will sing Violetta opposite Rolando Villazon as Alfredo, two lovers torn apart by Alfredo's father, Giorgio Germont, sung by Renato Bruson. The performance will be filmed and released on DVD by Decca.
January 22, 2003 | Justin Davidson, Newsday
Whatever 34-year-old tenor Salvatore Licitra accomplishes during the rest of his career, his biography will certainly mention the day last May when he flew to New York from Italy, headed straight for the Metropolitan Opera and stepped in for a languishing Luciano Pavarotti. The performance he gave as Cavaradossi in Puccini's "Tosca" left many in the gala audience feeling that they had witnessed something more important than an aging superstar's farewell: a young superstar's debut.
May 12, 2002 | From Associated Press
Luciano Pavarotti kept his fans guessing until the last minute Saturday before announcing he was too ill with the flu to perform at the Metropolitan Opera's season finale. The singer's withdrawal from the performance of Puccini's "Tosca" seemed to signal that the curtain had fallen on his Met career, which began in 1968. Met general manager Joseph Volpe said Pavarotti told him Saturday afternoon that he would perform, then called back two hours later to say he would not.
July 1, 2008 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Publicist and artists manager Edgar Vincent, who represented tenor Placido Domingo, soprano Beverly Sills and dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov amid a host of A-list singers, conductors and instrumentalists, died Thursday at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He was 90. Vincent died of a blood clot while recovering from hip replacement surgery, according to his longtime professional partner, Patrick Farrell. "There are no words to express the personal loss I feel, nor the professional loss to the world of opera," Domingo, the general director of the Los Angeles Opera, said in a statement.
July 13, 2003 | Mark Swed; Chris Pasles; Daniel Cariaga
Brahms: Sonata in F Minor for Two Pianos, Opus 34b Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor Renaud Capucon, violin; Gautier Capucon, cello; Martha Argerich and Lilya Zilberstein, pianos (EMI) *** 1/2 Franck: Violin Sonata Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata Renaud Capucon, violin; Gautier Capucon, cello; Alexandre Gurning and Lilya Zilberstein, pianos (EMI) *** 1/2 Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Opus 11 Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K.
September 12, 2006 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
The subject of Verdi's "Don Carlo," which received a gripping new production by Los Angeles Opera on Sunday afternoon in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, is the abuse of power. Terrorism is enforced by religious extremists controlling government. A popular uprising is the result of an unpopular war in which a superpower is ensconced in a distant land where it isn't wanted. These are not our times, nor the composer's. The setting is Philip II's Spain, circa 1560.
A few years ago, a friend of mine had composer Ned Rorem over for dinner. As an expatriate in Paris in the 1950s, Rorem had attracted as much attention for his physical beauty as for his music. Now, however, the aging Rorem would not stop complaining about his wrinkles. Exasperated, my friend said, "Oh, Ned, stop it! You finally look interesting." That seems to be a lesson that Luciano Pavarotti, who had what may have been the most beautiful tenor voice of the 20th century, never learned.
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