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December 7, 1997 | Josef Woodard
Big, warm and fuzzy spirits exude from this project, on which Domingo and Chinese soprano Huang are joined by overcooked pop-soul man Bolton. It doesn't always add up to art, but that's not the point. The Vienna Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Steven Mercurio, offers some elegant padding on Christmas ditties both obscure and evergreen. Recordings are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good), four stars (excellent).
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June 15, 2010 | By Kevin Berger, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As the afternoon sun poured through the living room window of his grand apartment overlooking Central Park, Sting was calmly reflecting on his trying reunion with the Police, and anticipating, with genuine excitement, his current tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, performing imaginative new versions of his solo and Police hits. Sitting on a stately sofa with his back to the window, shadowed by the park's round green elm trees, the 58-year-old musician was the picture of the artist in repose.
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September 10, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES, Chris Pasles covers music and dance for The Times Orange County Edition.
Before he was a conductor, before he was a composer, Steven Mercurio, 36, was a rocker. "Yeah, I played guitar in rock 'n' roll bands throughout high school," says Mercurio, who will conduct Puccini's "La Boheme" for Opera Pacific beginning Saturday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. "I think it's good for kids to do that. I don't think there's any way for a 16- or a 17-year-old to understand what Beethoven is really about or what Puccini is really about."
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December 7, 1997 | Josef Woodard
Big, warm and fuzzy spirits exude from this project, on which Domingo and Chinese soprano Huang are joined by overcooked pop-soul man Bolton. It doesn't always add up to art, but that's not the point. The Vienna Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Steven Mercurio, offers some elegant padding on Christmas ditties both obscure and evergreen. Recordings are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good), four stars (excellent).
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September 9, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES
For Steven Mercurio, the biggest challenge in conducting Puccini's "La Boheme" for Opera Pacific will be to inspire the singers "to be dangerous." "You want them to extend themselves to the point where you wonder if it's all actually going to happen, that it's going to push the dramatic limits," he said in a recent interview in the restaurant at his hotel. That degree of expressivity is hard to achieve, he conceded, but vital. "Otherwise, it becomes very timid.
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June 15, 2010 | By Kevin Berger, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As the afternoon sun poured through the living room window of his grand apartment overlooking Central Park, Sting was calmly reflecting on his trying reunion with the Police, and anticipating, with genuine excitement, his current tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, performing imaginative new versions of his solo and Police hits. Sitting on a stately sofa with his back to the window, shadowed by the park's round green elm trees, the 58-year-old musician was the picture of the artist in repose.
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May 7, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Spoleto Lineup: The 36th Spoleto festival will go forth in its Umbrian home this summer despite local political turmoil and uncertainty for Italian cultural institutions.
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January 31, 1995 | CHRIS PASLES
The '95-96 Season: * Sept. 16-23: Bizet's "Carmen": Conducted by Mark Gibson; directed by Dejan Miladinovic; Washington Opera production designed by Lennart Mork, with Graciela Araya/Irina Mishura (Carmen) and Gegam Gregorian/Eduardo Villa (Don Jose); Micaela and Escamillo to be named. * Jan. 20-Feb.
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January 27, 1997 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
An ominous sign in the Segerstrom Hall lobby warns Opera Pacific patrons that "strobe lights will be used in this production" of "Rigoletto." Not to worry: Either those lights never materialized at the opening performance Saturday night--or they were absorbed in the general thunder-and-lightning effects of Act 4.
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January 23, 1996 | KATHRYN BOLD
After doing away with his wife, Desdemona, in a fit of jealous rage, Otello--or rather, Vladimir Atlantov, the tenor who starred in Opera Pacific's production of Verdi's "Otello" at the Performing Arts Center--showed his tamer side at an opening night cast party. Without the dark makeup and fiery temperament of Otello, Atlantov was hardly recognized by the 200 opera buffs attending the midnight party Saturday at the Center Club in Costa Mesa.
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September 10, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES, Chris Pasles covers music and dance for The Times Orange County Edition.
Before he was a conductor, before he was a composer, Steven Mercurio, 36, was a rocker. "Yeah, I played guitar in rock 'n' roll bands throughout high school," says Mercurio, who will conduct Puccini's "La Boheme" for Opera Pacific beginning Saturday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. "I think it's good for kids to do that. I don't think there's any way for a 16- or a 17-year-old to understand what Beethoven is really about or what Puccini is really about."
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September 9, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES
For Steven Mercurio, the biggest challenge in conducting Puccini's "La Boheme" for Opera Pacific will be to inspire the singers "to be dangerous." "You want them to extend themselves to the point where you wonder if it's all actually going to happen, that it's going to push the dramatic limits," he said in a recent interview in the restaurant at his hotel. That degree of expressivity is hard to achieve, he conceded, but vital. "Otherwise, it becomes very timid.
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February 7, 1996 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Retreating from plans to include one American opera each season in coming years and returning to popular European repertory for its 11th season, Opera Pacific will offer four operas in 1996-97. The company will present Puccini's "Turandot," Strauss' "Die Fledermaus," Verdi's "Rigoletto" and Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. All except "Rigoletto" have been presented by Opera Pacific in previous seasons.
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September 26, 1995 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Every opera company has its special days and its business-as-usual days. Often as not, the business-as-usual days involve the hum-along delights and pretty pathos of Verdi's "La Traviata." And so it was Saturday at the San Francisco Opera. The performance wasn't bad enough to be annoying. Unfortunately, it wasn't good enough to be memorable. San Francisco cranked out Verdi's nearly indestructible masterpiece, virtually and literally, by the numbers.
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