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August 26, 2013 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo was in Verona, Italy, for the past seven days presiding over his annual Operalia competition, which honors young singers at the beginning of their professional careers. On Sunday the winners of the 2013 competition were announced, with the top prizes going to singers from Russia and China. The top prize was shared by Aida Garifullina, a soprano from Russia, and Ao Li, a bass-baritone from China. The winners, who are both 25 years old, will each receive a prize of $30,000.
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February 24, 2014 | By David Ng
Operalia, the annual opera competition organized by Plácido Domingo, will take place in Los Angeles this year, marking the event's first return to the L.A. area since 2004. The competition is scheduled to take place Aug. 25 to 30 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and will feature certain performances that will be open to the public. Last year's Operalia took place in Verona, Italy. L.A. Opera, where Domingo serves as general director, will be the host this year. The competition features young opera singers at the beginning of their careers, with judges awarding prizes in eight categories.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 1992 | PHILIP BRANDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Too often Shakespeare American style simply means mangled scansion, but the California Shakespeare Festival's Southland tour of "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" proves literate and accessible, rendered with a vitality that draws as much from the spirit of vaudeville as from classical theater. The mid-19th-Century resetting lends both a Byronic and ironic backdrop to the unfortunate consequences when "by love is wit turned to folly."
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October 25, 2013 | By David Ng
The Old Globe in San Diego will present productions of "Othello" and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" as part of its 2014 summer Shakespeare season, company leaders announced Friday. The season will include productions of the musical "Into the Woods" and Ronald Harwood's "Quartet," his 1999 play that was made into a movie last year directed by Dustin Hoffman and starring Maggie Smith. "Othello" (June 22 to July 27) will be directed by Old Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein; "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" (Aug.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By David Ng
Operalia, the annual opera competition organized by Plácido Domingo, will take place in Los Angeles this year, marking the event's first return to the L.A. area since 2004. The competition is scheduled to take place Aug. 25 to 30 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and will feature certain performances that will be open to the public. Last year's Operalia took place in Verona, Italy. L.A. Opera, where Domingo serves as general director, will be the host this year. The competition features young opera singers at the beginning of their careers, with judges awarding prizes in eight categories.
WORLD
May 21, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- The Italian city of Verona is planning to raise some much-needed revenue from one of the world's most romantic landmarks: the balcony where Shakespeare's doomed heroine Juliet supposedly cried out, "Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" More than 2 million tourists a year squeeze into the courtyard below the balcony of a 14th century house that once belonged to the Cappello family, a possible inspiration for the Capulet clan in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet. " Visitors leave romantic notes pinned to the wall and rub the breast of a statue of Juliet in the courtyard, which supposedly brings good luck in love.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2013 | By David Ng
The Old Globe in San Diego will present productions of "Othello" and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" as part of its 2014 summer Shakespeare season, company leaders announced Friday. The season will include productions of the musical "Into the Woods" and Ronald Harwood's "Quartet," his 1999 play that was made into a movie last year directed by Dustin Hoffman and starring Maggie Smith. "Othello" (June 22 to July 27) will be directed by Old Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein; "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" (Aug.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 1996 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Two Gentlemen of Verona" is not one of William Shakespeare's better efforts. But it is an early play, and it helped him hone his craft. And, as director Thomas Bradac explains to the audience at the beginning, there are teasing hints of several better plays that came later. In any case, "Two Gentlemen" isn't an easy play to pull off.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 1998 | PHILIP BRANDES
Judging from the boisterous crowd response to "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival has successfully parlayed the inherently appealing concept of free Shakespeare in the park into a successful bond with the Thousand Oaks community. Now in its second year, this joint venture between Santa Susana Repertory Company and California Lutheran University draws from a diverse mix of professional and semiprofessional talent.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 1996 | MAX JACOBSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Thee White House Restaurant has a conspicuous extra letter in its name, perhaps to distinguish it from a more famous edifice in Washington. (Of course, the location would be kind of a giveaway too--a busy, unappealing, industrial stretch of Anaheim Boulevard.) Built as a private residence in 1909, this white Colonial-style structure has been a restaurant since the early '80s.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2013 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo was in Verona, Italy, for the past seven days presiding over his annual Operalia competition, which honors young singers at the beginning of their professional careers. On Sunday the winners of the 2013 competition were announced, with the top prizes going to singers from Russia and China. The top prize was shared by Aida Garifullina, a soprano from Russia, and Ao Li, a bass-baritone from China. The winners, who are both 25 years old, will each receive a prize of $30,000.
WORLD
May 21, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- The Italian city of Verona is planning to raise some much-needed revenue from one of the world's most romantic landmarks: the balcony where Shakespeare's doomed heroine Juliet supposedly cried out, "Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" More than 2 million tourists a year squeeze into the courtyard below the balcony of a 14th century house that once belonged to the Cappello family, a possible inspiration for the Capulet clan in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet. " Visitors leave romantic notes pinned to the wall and rub the breast of a statue of Juliet in the courtyard, which supposedly brings good luck in love.
WORLD
February 18, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
TIMBUKTU, Mali - It didn't matter that Timbuktu had been occupied by Islamist militias notorious for meting out 100 lashes to young women who flirted with, or even talked to, men. When Mamou Maiga encountered a dazzling young man while out for a walk, her world turned upside down. "He had beautiful eyes and a gentle smile," recalls Maiga, 21, smiling shyly as she remembered that day in mid-September. "He asked me if he could drop me at my house. I saw no problems. " His name was Adama.
HOME & GARDEN
January 27, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
The Bel-Air home of Stephen Verona, music video and film director, screenwriter and painter, has come on the market for the first time in 30 years. It is listed at $4,395,000. The two-story red tile-roofed villa, built in 1938, sits behind gates on 1.3 acres. The 3,405-square-foot house has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a formal dining room, a light-filled breakfast room, a den, an office and maid's quarters. There are fireplaces in the living room, library and master bedroom.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2005 | From Associated Press
The 2005 Nissan Maxima and Suzuki Verona received marginal ratings in crash test results released Sunday by an insurance industry group. Researchers questioned how well the vehicles would protect occupants in side-impact collisions. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Chevrolet Malibu and Audi A4 its top score, good, in side-impact tests of five 2005 model mid-size sedans. The Volvo S60 rated the second-highest score of acceptable.
WORLD
August 24, 2003 | From Associated Press
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder may not be the warmest of pals, but the two leaders held a cordial session Saturday, burying an embarrassing summer row. "I don't think you can talk about relations improving, because they never worsened," Berlusconi told reporters after their meeting, sparking a chuckle from Schroeder. "The relationship was always excellent," Berlusconi said.
REAL ESTATE
October 27, 1991 | JOEL RAPP, Rapp is a Los Angeles free-lance writer , the gardening editor of Redbook magazine and is heard Sunday mornings on KGIL radio.
"How's your fern?" Once a humorous greeting offered by Steve Allen, this has always been and will continue to be a serious question to indoor gardeners. Every year, millions of indoor plant enthusiasts wrestle with the sometimes difficult task of keeping ferns alive in a home environment.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2000 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You could set Shakespeare's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" in hell, or on Mars. Part of the comedy's perpetual attraction is that it can be set just about anywhere. But at the Eclectic Company Theatre, director James Serpento's pre-fascist Italy staging suggests that this early work of the Bard's could have no darker setting. Certainly, it could hardly have a darker attitude.
AUTOS
March 5, 2003 | Jim Mateja and Rick Popely, Chicago Tribune
The chief executives of Hyundai and Kia say the low-priced, South Korean-built cars coming next year to Chevrolet and Suzuki showrooms will bolster their claims that quality has improved. "It's certainly a vote of confidence for Korean products," said Finbarr O'Neill, CEO of Hyundai Motor America. "We welcome the competition. Their models will bring more focus on the entry-level segment," O'Neill said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
When the milk-fed teenagers in Verona, USA, circa 1960, need a long talk with a best friend, they head out to the billboard that advertises the local dairy industry. They clamber up to the shelf at the base of the big sign or just hang out in front of it. In the opening scene of Mark Rucker's endearingly imaginative staging of Shakespeare's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," Valentine and Proteus meet at the billboard after high school graduation.
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