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August 6, 2003 | Louise Roug
When the curtain went up over the weekend for the first performance at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall -- the extensively renovated home of Seattle Opera -- the acoustics created quite a buzz. "After the first three notes of the prelude, people were looking at each other saying, 'Oh, my Lord, this is different,' " said Speight Jenkins, general director of the opera. "It fulfilled every dream we had for it."
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May 1, 2013 | By David Ng
As the classical-music world continues to struggle with graying and shrinking audiences, companies are experimenting with ways to attract new crowds. On Tuesday, 13 opera companies across the nation were named recipients of a new grant from Opera America designed to foster attendance growth. Based in New York, Opera America is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to promote and raise general awareness of opera as an art form. The group said it awarded a total of $300,000 in grants -- ranging from $7,500 to $30,000 -- under the new program, which is titled "Building Opera Audiences.
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July 25, 1988 | TIM KLASS, Associated Press
Forsaking Richard Wagner's classic "Der Ring des Niebelungen," the Seattle Opera has gone to the opposite extreme with a production of the minimalist "Satyagraha" by Philip Glass. Neither the company's general director, Speight Jenkins, nor Glass expects any backlash from Wagnerians who have made annual pilgrimages from around the world to annual productions of the Ring since 1975.
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March 25, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The romanticized image Los Angeles Opera is promoting for "Cinderella" shows a pretty princess, a pumpkin-shaped carriage and ample fairy dust. Opera, perhaps, for preteens? Fortunately not. The opera is in fact Rossini's "La Cenerentola," and it advances no fairy godmother, no glass slippers, no gold carriage, no pumpkin. There is no magic whatsoever, just satire and class warfare, which might actually be a better come-on for kids. And rats. Big ones. They are a special attraction in the production L.A. Opera unveiled at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday night.
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December 19, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Kathy Magiera, 54, who took over the administrative reins of the Seattle Opera at a time of financial crisis, stabilized its budget and oversaw its move into a new opera house, died Saturday in Seattle after a long battle with cancer. Magiera did not plan on a career in opera management. A native of Omaha who graduated from Indiana's Butler University as a dance major, she followed a man she was dating to San Diego in the early 1970s and soon found herself working for the San Diego Opera.
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August 17, 1986 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER
Manuel Rosenthal took a bow in the pit of the darkened Opera House just before the beginning of the third act of "Siegfried." All conductors of the sprawling "Ring" tetralogy get ovations. Rosenthal got a super-ovation. The little man deserved it--for sheer endurance, if nothing else. Wagner's convoluted, mystical and mythological cycle does go on and on--for nearly 17 heavily orchestrated hours--and it makes severe demands on the man in the pit.
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July 22, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Glynn Ross, 90, the founding director of the Seattle Opera, died Thursday at his home in Tucson of complications from a stroke, the Seattle Opera announced. Ross, who founded the Seattle Opera in 1963, won acclaim for staging the first U.S. productions of Wagner's complete "Ring" cycle as the composer intended, four operas in sequence within a week. He also founded the Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1972; it was administered by the Seattle Opera for its first four years.
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November 10, 1989 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
"Le Nozze di Figaro" is a deceptive masterpiece. On the surface, it looks like a convoluted collection of sight gags. But it doesn't sound that way. Beneath its jumble of mannered masquerades, there lurks a poignant human comedy. The truth lies in Mozart's music. The new production at the Seattle Opera--a production that has drawn massive and ecstatic audiences to a 3,100-seat house for six performances in 12 days--doesn't take the inherent pathos very seriously.
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August 27, 1995 | TIM KLASS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A lot was on the line when Speight Jenkins went to the bank one day late in 1990 to save the Seattle Opera payroll. He was seven years into the job as general director, the nation's only ex-critic to head a major opera company in the United States, but without a shred of stage, pit or front-office experience. His approach had been: Act now, find a way to pay later. He had acted, all right. A $2.4-million summer staging of Sergey Prokofiev's "War and Peace" had been a smashing success.
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July 10, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A 6-month-old, 150-pound bear will replace her cousin in the Seattle Opera's performances of Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" because the original bear has gotten a little too big and ornery for the stage, opera officials said. Ancestor, a Kodiak bear, comes from Washington's Olympic Game farm in Sequim and is the youngest member of the Seattle Opera to be officially inducted into the American Guild of Musical Artists, officials said.
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October 23, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
A little good news from Seattle. The Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera and the union representing those musicians (the SSOPO) have agreed to extend their collective bargaining agreement through Jan. 31, 2013, allowing more time to work out a new contract. Talks have been going on since the summer. David Sabee, acting chair of the SSOPO, said in a statement Monday that he was optimistic that a new pact could be reached without interrupting any scheduled concerts. Over the weekend, he said, the symphony musicians performed Beethoven's “Fidelio” and Gabriel Prokofiev's “Concerto for Turntable and Orchestra.” "The Seattle Symphony is now playing on a national stage,” Sabee wrote.
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October 16, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
More musicians are in the midst of a labor dispute and a strike is threatened, this time in Seattle. The union that represents the musicians of the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera is playing hardball after the management of both groups proposed on Oct. 10 that the musicians  take a 15% reduction in overall compensation for the 2012-13 season.  The Seattle Symphony and Opera Players' Organization on Monday approved a “strike authorization” for...
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March 11, 2012 | By Diane Haithman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sometimes soprano Ani Maldjian gets going so fast she forgets to breathe. She searched for a bracelet with the word "breathe" on it to wear as a reminder but could not find one on the Internet. So she decided to make her own, using beads. In the process, "I fell in love with bead shops, it's like an addiction," she says. She made her bracelet — but instead of leading to relaxation, the effort led Maldjian to launch Solo, an online business selling her own music-inspired jewelry designs.
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June 3, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Sherwin Sloan retired early as an ophthalmologist to pursue an obsession that bestowed another title on him — leader of the Ringheads, a nickname for devoted followers of Richard Wagner's four- opera cycle known as "The Ring." After watching the Seattle Opera present it in 1975, Sloan eventually experienced all 15 hours of the musical drama 90 times. Back in Los Angeles as a fledgling "Ring" fanatic, he listened to it so much that his teenage children gave him an ultimatum, he told The Times in 2003: They said, "It's either 'The Ring' or us, and I said I'll help you pack.
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July 22, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Glynn Ross, 90, the founding director of the Seattle Opera, died Thursday at his home in Tucson of complications from a stroke, the Seattle Opera announced. Ross, who founded the Seattle Opera in 1963, won acclaim for staging the first U.S. productions of Wagner's complete "Ring" cycle as the composer intended, four operas in sequence within a week. He also founded the Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1972; it was administered by the Seattle Opera for its first four years.
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September 15, 2003 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
The opulent results of a concert hall and opera house building boom, fueled by the money-falling-out-of-trees-for-the-arts-1990s, is suddenly upon us. Forget, for a minute, the shimmering big one soon to open its doors in Los Angeles. Doors are opening practically everywhere. The subject of this report is a descent two stories down into the bedrock of Manhattan: Zankel Hall -- a 644-seat new addition to, and directly underneath, Carnegie Hall -- which had its first public concert Friday evening.
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April 25, 1987
Tenor Peter Cazaras will be the featured performer in a recital Sunday at Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton. Cazaras, who has performed frequently with the Seattle Opera and Canadian Opera companies, will replace the originally scheduled artist, baritone Theodore Baerg, in the event sponsored by the North Orange County Community Concerts Assn. The recital will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium at 201 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton.
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August 6, 2003 | Louise Roug
When the curtain went up over the weekend for the first performance at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall -- the extensively renovated home of Seattle Opera -- the acoustics created quite a buzz. "After the first three notes of the prelude, people were looking at each other saying, 'Oh, my Lord, this is different,' " said Speight Jenkins, general director of the opera. "It fulfilled every dream we had for it."
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December 19, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Kathy Magiera, 54, who took over the administrative reins of the Seattle Opera at a time of financial crisis, stabilized its budget and oversaw its move into a new opera house, died Saturday in Seattle after a long battle with cancer. Magiera did not plan on a career in opera management. A native of Omaha who graduated from Indiana's Butler University as a dance major, she followed a man she was dating to San Diego in the early 1970s and soon found herself working for the San Diego Opera.
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