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December 17, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Opera Pacific, the county's only professional opera company, shut down its education department in budget cutbacks two years ago, Ann Noriel and Steve Parkin lost their jobs. But they knew what to do to make sure kids still got to experience opera. They formed their own troupe, Southland Opera.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Opera Pacific, the county's only professional opera company, shut down its education department in budget cutbacks two years ago, Ann Noriel and Steve Parkin lost their jobs. But they knew what to do to make sure kids still got to experience opera. They formed their own troupe, Southland Opera.
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December 7, 2000 | ANN CONWAY
New attractions at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim will celebrate grand openings next month with blockbuster benefits expected to raise $1 million each for two children's charities. The Santa Monica-based Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation has been named beneficiary of the gala premiere opening on Jan. 11 for 3,000 people of Downtown Disney, a shopping, dining and entertainment zone that is part of the Walt Disney Co.'s $1.4-billion expansion of the Disneyland Resort.
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August 17, 1998 | SUE FOX
The Southland Opera will perform selections from "Cinderella" and other operas at several West Valley libraries this week. Funded by a grant from American Pacific State Bank, the show is tailored to children. The performance, featuring full costumes, includes snippets from "Romeo and Juliet" and "West Side Story," as well as narration on the history of operas.
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April 6, 1987 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
Back when New York City Opera made annual visits to the Music Center, Catherine Malfitano was familiar locally--as a sweetly bereft Mimi and a reckless hedonist of a Manon. Since then the Met beckoned. She went on to consolidate her fortunes there, but returned three years ago to the Southland opera stage to sing a daringly punkish, nearly pornographic, brilliant Poppea for Long Beach. Coming to Malfitano's recital Friday at Royce Hall, UCLA, at least one listener had high expectations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1999
* Hours are 10 a.m. to midnight * Seniors Day: Fair-goers 55 and older admitted for $3 and receive free merry-go-round and Ferris wheel rides. All-day events * Quilters Guild * Embroiderers' Guild of America * Leathercraft Guild of California * O.C. Woodturners Assn. * Rare-fruit growers * Game birds * O.C. Vector Control * Wild Science * Great invention show * Small animals on display * Newborn animals on display * Mule exhibit on display * Market animals on display 10 a.m.
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June 1, 2000 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Dorothy's Adventures in Oz" means a return trip to the Emerald City in the Santa Monica Playhouse's imaginative, colorful musical. It seems that Uncle Henry and Auntie Em are about to lose the farm to the bank and the drought, so it's back to the Land of Oz for Dorothy, to see if her old friend the wizard can help. This is not the tried-and-true MGM version of the tale--no lion, no scarecrow or tin man, no Toto. This is a new adventure by E.
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May 11, 1999 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and his Missa Solemnis are two of the most extraordinary works in all of music. This is Beethoven around 1820, near the end of his life--deaf, jaundiced, encumbered by a corset (to soothe a violent stomach). This is a foul-tempered Beethoven who, though remote from the world and disdainful of vulgar humanity, nonetheless embraced humankind in grander music than had ever before been written.
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December 19, 1999
A calendar of ballet, theater, music and other special holiday events in Orange County: Ballet Ballet Repertory Theatre dances "The Nutcracker" at the Mainstage Theatre, Golden West College, 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach. 2 p.m. $10.50-$12.50. Also Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m.; Friday at 1 p.m. (714) 895-8150. Nouveau Chamber Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at the Fullerton College Campus Theatre, 321 E. Chapman Ave. 2 p.m. $12-$15. (714) 526-3862.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2011 | By Scott Timberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Andreas Mitisek has plenty of reasons to be nervous: It's just a few minutes before he'll vault onstage to talk about "Medea," the bloody, extreme opera he's distilled and remade. And it's only an hour before the boyish 47-year-old will conduct the orchestra during a performance of the piece. Mitisek also designed the production's stark lighting ? emitted eerily from below ? that had been sharply criticized in a review a few days before. But instead of composing himself in a green room, trying to control his anxiety while memorizing his speech or conducting, Mitisek is relaxing on an audience seat, discussing his love of putting on shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES
Among the high and low points of 1990 in Orange County's music and dance circles, a new theater opened, the Pacific Symphony named a new music director, and a new opera company launched itself with a thud. Though the Irvine Barclay Theatre didn't open until late September, the very idea of a new concert facility had local tongues wagging all year.
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