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June 5, 2004
Mark SWED claims that Verdi's masterpiece "Il Trovatore" "is not credible drama. It can, however, be credible opera" (" 'Trovatore' That's About the Singing," May 29). Is Swed claiming here that musical drama is somehow inferior to regular or nonmusical drama (if so, a rather strange opinion for an opera critic to hold)? Surely if it's credible as opera it must be credible as drama, opera being fundamentally a dramatic form that expresses itself through music. Verdi's purpose is not to write a veristic piece but to write a metaphysical drama along Shakespearean lines.
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June 5, 2004
Mark SWED claims that Verdi's masterpiece "Il Trovatore" "is not credible drama. It can, however, be credible opera" (" 'Trovatore' That's About the Singing," May 29). Is Swed claiming here that musical drama is somehow inferior to regular or nonmusical drama (if so, a rather strange opinion for an opera critic to hold)? Surely if it's credible as opera it must be credible as drama, opera being fundamentally a dramatic form that expresses itself through music. Verdi's purpose is not to write a veristic piece but to write a metaphysical drama along Shakespearean lines.
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May 19, 2004 | Chris Pasles
Los Angeles Opera's plans to present Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd" in May 2005 have been derailed, officials said Tuesday. A film adaptation of "Todd," to be directed by "American Beauty" Oscar winner Sam Mendes, is in pre-production, and all theatrical performance rights to it have been withdrawn. Bryn Terfel, who was scheduled to sing the title role, will still be here, however. He will instead sing the title role of Verdi's "Falstaff" in a revival of the 1990 L.A. Opera production.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 1999
L.A. Opera's new production of Saint-Saens' "Samson et Dalila" (borrowed from San Francisco Opera) continues at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Sunday and Sept. 26 at 2 p.m., Wednesday and Sept. 18, 21 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. Denyce Graves sings the role of Dalila at all performances. As Samson, Placido Domingo sings Sept. 18, and American tenor Gary Lakes takes the role Wednesday and Sept. 21, 24 and 26. Lawrence Foster is the conductor, Nicolas Joel the stage director.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 1993 | CHRIS PASLES
The San Francisco Opera production of Richard Strauss' "Capriccio" may actually be more effective on the little screen (at 6 and 11 tonight on the Bravo cable channel) than it was in the cavernous War Memorial Opera House, where it was taped last summer during the Richard Strauss festival. Television director Peter Maniura of the BBC favors focusing on individual characters and the nuances of their reactions.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 1993 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Placido Domingo and David Hockney are back--the former as (once again) both singer and conductor, the latter as designer of a lavish new Covent Garden "Die Frau ohne Schatten." Film director and former choreographer Herbert Ross will make his debut as an opera director with "La Boheme" and the long-deferred "Rosenkavalier" is on the schedule at last (though the long-deferred "Aida" isn't).
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1999 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It seems fitting that Peter Hemmings' final season as general director of L.A. Opera will feature Benjamin Britten's "Billy Budd," based on the novella by Herman Melville. Hemmings had hoped for years to bring Francesca Zambello's critically acclaimed production from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to Los Angeles. The production, which premiered in Geneva in 1994, featured baritone Rodney Gilfry in the title role; Gilfry will reprise the role at L.A. Opera in June 2000.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2001
Pop/Rock Jane Olivor (Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Cal State Long Beach, [562] 985-7000). The cabaret goddess makes a rare appearance. 7 p.m. Rockapella (Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, [949] 496-8927). The popular a cappella outfit recorded its new live album at Santa Barbara's Lobero Theatre. Also: Chris Thayer Band, Socal Vocals. 8 p.m. Also Thursday at the Key Club, 9039 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 786-1712, 8 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2000 | RONALD BLUM, ASSOCIATED PRESS
After putting on the best performance of "The Marriage of Figaro" in a generation, Bryn Terfel and Renee Fleming returned to the Metropolitan Opera for "Don Giovanni," which airs on PBS tonight. But although they had been surrounded with an all-star ensemble for the "Figaro" telecast, televised just after Christmas last year, the casting was not as deep for "Don Giovanni."
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September 13, 1999 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
One of the sunnier productions Los Angeles Opera has mounted in its first 13 seasons, the 1996 "Elixir of Love"--one ought to say "L'Elisir d'Amore," since it is sung in Italian--has returned. The opening-night performance Saturday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion may not have been enchanting, but it contained many radiant moments, mostly provided by the new Adina, American soprano Ruth Ann Swenson in her L.A. Opera debut.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 1996 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a grand night Saturday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Los Angeles Music Center Opera was unveiling a handsome if sometimes eccentric new production of Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" (The Elixir of Love), which it created with Grand Thea^tre de Geneve. But L.A. was getting it first. It was well sung, well acted, well conducted and well played. It did not efface memories of, say, Luciano Pavarotti and Kathleen Battle. But it was not star-dependent nor star-struck either.
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