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October 8, 1988 | BRUCE BURROUGHS
When Sesto Bruscantini says, "If a singer lives in a sane manner and has a good technique, it is very difficult for the voice to give out," he ought to know. The Italian baritone, Don Alfonso in L.A. Music Center Opera's "Cosi fan Tutte," opening tonight in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, made his operatic debut in 1946.
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October 8, 1988 | BRUCE BURROUGHS
When Sesto Bruscantini says, "If a singer lives in a sane manner and has a good technique, it is very difficult for the voice to give out," he ought to know. The Italian baritone, Don Alfonso in L.A. Music Center Opera's "Cosi fan Tutte," opening tonight in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, made his operatic debut in 1946.
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August 29, 1987 | JOHN HENKEN
Miriam Gauci will replace Daniela Dessi as Mimi in the Music Center Opera production of "La Boheme," according to a company official. Dessi--who also withdrew from the Music Center's "Otello" last year--canceled her performances two weeks ago and is under a physician's care for an unspecified illness. Gauci made her operatic debut as Mimi with the Teatro Communale in Treviso, Italy.
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September 6, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
Luciano Pavarotti, the Italian tenor with a glorious voice that made him the opera world's greatest star as he brought classical singing to the masses on a scale never before imagined, died today. He was 71. The singer, who had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, spent his final hours "peacefully" at his home in Modena, Italy, said Edwin Tinoco, his personal assistant, speaking to Italian television.
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September 24, 1992 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Donizetti's should-be charming, must-be stylish "L'Elisir d'Amore" has returned to the War Memorial Opera House after a seven-year absence in a revival that honors a lazy, laissez-faire tradition. San Francisco has poured a flat new elixir into a shabby old bottle. When this production was first seen, 25 years ago, it represented the first independent effort here by an extraordinarily resourceful stage director named Lotfi Mansouri.
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October 10, 1988 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music Critic
'Hoffmann," no. "Cosi fan Tutte," yes. Emphatically yes. The enterprising Music Center Opera may have suffered a mighty miscalculation with its revised tales of Offenbach. The company has restored faith, however, by mustering a few miracles on behalf of Mozart. The production of "Cosi fan Tutte" that was introduced Saturday night isn't new in concept.
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July 30, 1989 | HERBERT GLASS
The recent death of conductor Herbert von Karajan ended a recording career that spanned a full half-century--exceeded in duration only by that of Leopold Stokowski. Quantitatively, Karajan was--and is likely to remain--in a class by himself, having made an estimated 800 recordings, with sales of 150 million copies. He recorded at least a bit of nearly everything including, forgettably, the Baroque staples.
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August 2, 1992 | HERBERT GLASS, Herbert Glass is a regular contributor to Calendar.
While the faithful await, with diminishing hopes, the appearance of some major, previously unrecorded Rossini (there's plenty) in this, his bicentennial year, there continues to be good news from the re-release front.
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October 13, 1996 | Herbert Glass, Herbert Glass is a regular contributor to Calendar
The major source of recordings of Italian opera during the first full decade of the LP, the 1950s, was Cetra, a label whose releases were jointly produced with Radio Italiana (RAI). These were, in fact, live broadcast performances emanating from RAI studios in Turin, Milan and Rome--each of which had their own orchestras--of a broad repertory that included important operas by Bellini, Verdi and Donizetti never previously recorded.
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