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February 24, 2000 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
A little vocal indisposition did not prevent soprano Sylvie Valayre from a genuine triumph in the title role of Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night. Admirers of the French singer's Tosca, also at Opera Pacific, two years ago probably sensed Valayre's trouble during the first two acts.
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February 24, 2000 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
A little vocal indisposition did not prevent soprano Sylvie Valayre from a genuine triumph in the title role of Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night. Admirers of the French singer's Tosca, also at Opera Pacific, two years ago probably sensed Valayre's trouble during the first two acts.
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February 23, 1998 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's that age-old question, an icky-sticky query put to all interview subjects, but one that opera singers of the female persuasion seem particularly loath to answer: the question of age. Parisian soprano Sylvie Valayre, who appears in the title role of Puccini's "Tosca" opening Tuesday in Costa Mesa, is obviously attractive, but more than a tad reticent to reveal hers. "Never say your age," Valayre said during a recent phone conversation between rehearsals.
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February 23, 1998 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's that age-old question, an icky-sticky query put to all interview subjects, but one that opera singers of the female persuasion seem particularly loath to answer: the question of age. Parisian soprano Sylvie Valayre, who appears in the title role of Puccini's "Tosca" opening Tuesday in Costa Mesa, is obviously attractive, but more than a tad reticent to reveal hers. "Never say your age," Valayre said during a recent phone conversation between rehearsals.
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February 28, 2000 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An understudy replaced opera star Sylvie Valayre for the Sunday performance of Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center following her collapse onstage Saturday night. Valayre, who was stricken 75 minutes into the opera, was taken to a local hospital and released. She then flew back to Paris, said Kevin Crysler, marketing director for Opera Pacific, which stages opera at the arts center.
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February 26, 1998
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December 17, 1998
What's happening the next few weeks: * The San Francisco Opera closes its 1998-99 season with Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," under the direction of Ron Daniels. Sylvie Valayre stars as Butterfly with Luis Lima as Pinkerton in the production, designed by Michael Yeargan. All performances at the War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., Jan. 9 to 17. $22 to $145. (415) 864-3330, or tickets may be purchased via the Web: http://www.sfopera.
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March 2, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opera Pacific will open its four-opera 1999-2000 season with Verdi's "La Traviata," Nov. 9-14, at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Elizabeth Futral, who recently sang Stella in Andre Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire" for the San Francisco Opera, will sing her first Violetta. David Miller will sing Alfredo, and Louis Otey will sing Germont. John Mauceri will conduct. Linda Brovsky directs the 1987 San Francisco Opera production. Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" is Jan.
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February 22, 2000 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" was his first opera blockbuster. It proved enormously popular at its premiere in Turin in 1893. It got far better reviews, in fact, than did its successor, "La Boheme." Yet "Boheme" is everywhere today while it is easy for devoted opera lovers to have missed seeing "Manon Lescaut."
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February 20, 2000
MOVIES The thriller "Reindeer Games" stars Ben Affleck, right, as an ex-con all set to start a new life with the girl of his dreams, Charlize Theron, but bad guys Gary Sinise and Clarence Williams III have other ideas. Directed by John Frankenheimer from Ehren Kruger's script. Opens wide Friday. MUSIC Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" comes to Opera Pacific in four performances at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Tuesday through next Sunday.
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February 26, 1998 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since its first production in 1987, Opera Pacific has relied upon Puccini to draw audiences. "La Boheme" has come around three times, "Butterfly" twice, "Turandot" twice and now "Tosca" twice, the latest and not necessarily the better version opening Tuesday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Previous divas who have hurled themselves off the ramparts of Castel Sant'Angelo were Diana Soviero and Carol Neblett in 1992. Tuesday it was Sylvie Valayre's turn.
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February 29, 2000 | SHAUNA SNOW
PERFORMING ARTS Mining L.A. Opera Wealth: Los Angeles Opera has named as its new executive director Ian White-Thomson, former chairman and chief executive of U.S. Borax Inc., a mining company. A native of England with degrees in Latin, Greek and ancient history from Oxford, White-Thomson, 63, joined the board of L.A. Opera last year after his retirement from Borax, but has no previous professional experience running an opera company. He will report to L.A. Opera Board President Leonard I.
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