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September 1, 2002 | JAN BRESLAUER
The stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion has been transformed into the fanciful world of a bygone-era western movie: On one side, a cutaway cabin complete with a politically questionable Indian couple inside and a hitching rail outside; on the other, a woodsy hill with a tunnel passageway. An extremely patient pinto named Flash, saddled and bridled in his western show-biz best, is being ridden for the first time by game but tentative soprano Catherine Malfitano.
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September 1, 2002 | JAN BRESLAUER
The stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion has been transformed into the fanciful world of a bygone-era western movie: On one side, a cutaway cabin complete with a politically questionable Indian couple inside and a hitching rail outside; on the other, a woodsy hill with a tunnel passageway. An extremely patient pinto named Flash, saddled and bridled in his western show-biz best, is being ridden for the first time by game but tentative soprano Catherine Malfitano.
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March 7, 2003 | Lee Margulies
Opera Australia has selected British conductor Richard Hickox as its new music director. He'll take over from Simone Young in January 2005. Young was here last September, conducting Los Angeles Opera's "Girl of the Golden West," when she learned that her Opera Australia contract was not being renewed because her vision for the company had been deemed too expensive by the board of directors.
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July 15, 1990 | Kevin Thomas
Mas Ophuls' 1950 all-star French film of the Arthur Schnitzler play takes us back to an elegant and melancholy turn-of the-century Vienna as our narrator (Anton Walbrook) tells us of a merry-go-round of romance, which begins and ends with the picking up of Simone Signoret's young and slim streetwalker. Much bemused acceptance of the human foibles of infidelity and self-deception. Also stars Simone and Serge Reggiani (pictured). KCET Saturday at 10:35 p.m.
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September 21, 2002 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two cast changes--one scheduled, the other last-minute--illuminated the penultimate performance of Puccini's "Girl of the Golden West" by Los Angeles Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Thursday night. As planned, Luis Lima took over the role of Dick Johnson, which had been sung by Placido Domingo at the opening shows of the run. The veteran tenor from Argentina, not seen on the L.A.
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January 15, 2004 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Richard Strauss' sumptuous "Der Rosenkavalier" and his unconventional "Ariadne auf Naxos" will be among four new productions during Los Angeles Opera's 2004-05 season, along with Samuel Barber's "Vanessa" and Charles Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet." The company announced Wednesday that the season will begin Sept. 8 with Mozart's early opera "Idomeneo," featuring company general director Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko and Angelika Kirschlager.
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November 25, 2004
TODAY A walk (or drive) in the park It's the holiday season once again and nothing says "Christmas in L.A." better than the annual Griffith Park Holiday Light Festival, which kicked off Wednesday. The festive drive-through, mile-long stretch of lighted displays with various holiday themes depicted with a distinctively SoCal flair can also be viewed by foot. Shuttle service from the zoo parking will be available on weekends only through Dec. 17 and nightly thereafter until Dec. 30.
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September 6, 2002 | MARK SWED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For all the supposed topsy-turvy backstage at Los Angeles Opera, on stage it could be accused of being consistent to a fault just now. Wednesday night, the company's 17th season picked up pretty much where the previous one had left off. In June, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was home to Puccini's last two operas, "Gianni Schicchi" and "Turandot." The new season opened with yet another late Puccini work, "The Girl of the Golden West," produced by the "Turandot" team.
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November 29, 2004 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
A confession: Despite an otherwise iron musical stomach, I have no appetite for the music of Samuel Barber and am unable to tolerate his tawdry opera "Vanessa." I own the three recordings of it but have never gotten past the first act in any. (My finger instinctively hit the eject button after the first screechy melodramatic minute of the new Naxos release.) I attended a production at the Juilliard School in New York some dozen years ago and fled at intermission.
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