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November 16, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Christel Goltz, 96, a soprano with the Vienna State Opera who performed in German-language roles across the world in the 1950s, died early Saturday in Baden, Austria, where she had lived since her retirement, the opera said. Born in Germany, Goltz started her career at the State Opera in Dresden in 1936 but had her international breakthrough with a role in Richard Strauss' "Salome" at the Vienna State Opera in 1944. She was also famed for her roles in Beethoven's "Fidelio" and in works by Wagner and Verdi.
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January 3, 2013 | By David Ng
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has garnered a loyal television audience around the world with its annual New Year's concert broadcasts, which air in the U.S. on PBS. But this New Year's celebration was somewhat marred by attacks made on the orchestra concerning its past sympathies to the Nazi party. The venerated orchestra has also found itself under renewed attacks for being the least diverse musical ensemble in the western world in terms of race and gender equality. In past years, the orchestra has been picketed during overseas tours by those who perceive its practices to be discriminatory.
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April 5, 1992
Eberhard Waechter, 63, director of the Vienna State Opera. Waechter, a baritone known for his roles in Mozart operas, was born in Vienna and descended from a noble Austrian family. He became director of the Volksoper, the second opera house in Vienna, in 1986 and moved to the State Opera last year. Directing Vienna's State Opera was always "the wish of my life," Waechter told Austrian TV recently.
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December 11, 2012 | By Sherry Stern
Lisa della Casa, a Swiss-born soprano known for her sweet voice and exquisite elegance, has died at 93, the Vienna Opera announced Tuesday. The late English music critic Sir Neville Cardus reportedly once said of Della Casa that one should go to her concerts twice: once to listen, once to look. The soprano "possessed an instrument of crystalline purity," a Times reviewer wrote about her landmark recording of Richard Strauss' "Four Last Songs.
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October 31, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Franco Bonisolli, an Italian tenor who performed with the Vienna State Opera for decades, has died at the age of 65, the opera house said Thursday. Bonisolli died during the night, opera spokeswoman Margarete Arnold said. She did not identify the cause of death or say where he died. Bonisolli made his opera debut as Ruggero in Puccini's "La Rondine" at Italy's Spoleto Festival in 1962, later singing the part of the Prince in Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges."
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April 11, 2007 | George Jahn, Associated Press
In this city famed for its love of music, Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer's glaring involvement in who will run Vienna's flagship opera house has made him a target for criticism that he is spending too much time on affairs of the stage instead of the state. The Austrian government leader is a Socialist -- a party whose rank and file still is drawn from the European working class with a musical preference more Beyonce than Brahms.
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February 2, 2006 | From Associated Press
Seiji Ozawa has canceled his remaining performances with the Vienna State Opera this season after being hospitalized with a bronchial infection and shingles that affected his vision. Ozawa, 70, is in his fourth season as music director of the Vienna State Opera in Austria. He is music director laureate of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he was music director for 29 seasons before stepping down at the end of the 2001-02 season.
NEWS
July 1, 1989
Anton Dermota, a Yugoslav tenor best known for his work in Mozart operas, died of heart failure June 22, the Vienna State Opera reported this week. He was 79. Dermota was born in the Yugoslav republic of Slovenia and moved to Vienna as a young man. He lived there until his death.
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June 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Olga Borodina will no longer be singing at the Vienna State Opera, according to a statement by the company. The Russian diva, who has graced La Scala, Covent Garden, the Met, the Salzburg Festival and other famed operatic stages, was to make her Vienna State Opera debut this month as Isabella in Rossini's "L'Italiana in Algeria" ("The Italian in Algiers") -- one of her signature roles. But Agnes Baltsa is now singing the part.
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December 31, 2004 | From Associated Press
Moved by last weekend's earthquake-tsunami catastrophe, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra said it would donate $136,000 to the World Health Organization to help provide drinking water to survivors. "We wish to express our solidarity with all those who have lost everything," the famed orchestra's president, Clemens Hellsberg, said Thursday. The orchestra typically donates about $68,000 to a humanitarian cause each New Year's Day, when it plays a concert broadcast around the world.
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February 26, 2011
Times reader Karl Gerber captured this view of the Vienna State Opera House in Austria. Though stately in this photo, it did not always look this way. The opera house, which made its debut in 1869, was bombed in 1945 during World War II. Only a few parts escaped destruction. Ten years later, it reopened with a performance of Beethoven’s "Fidelio. " View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
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July 6, 2010 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Cesare Siepi, the celebrated Italian bass singer who won over audiences worldwide in signature roles such as Don Giovanni and Figaro in "The Marriage of Figaro," has died. He was 87. The opera singer died Monday at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, said his wife, Louellen. He had suffered a stroke about 10 days ago, she said. Known for his warm and direct performance style, Siepi was a beloved staple at the Metropolitan Opera for almost 25 years, appearing in nearly 500 performances with the company.
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November 16, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Christel Goltz, 96, a soprano with the Vienna State Opera who performed in German-language roles across the world in the 1950s, died early Saturday in Baden, Austria, where she had lived since her retirement, the opera said. Born in Germany, Goltz started her career at the State Opera in Dresden in 1936 but had her international breakthrough with a role in Richard Strauss' "Salome" at the Vienna State Opera in 1944. She was also famed for her roles in Beethoven's "Fidelio" and in works by Wagner and Verdi.
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August 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Nicola Rescigno, 92, co-founder of the Dallas Opera and one of Maria Callas' favorite conductors, died Monday of complications following heart failure and breathing problems, said Corrado Ricci, a doctor at Belcolle Hospital in Viterbo, Italy, about 50 miles north of Rome. Rescigno had been admitted July 30 with a broken femur after a fall. But Ricci said that at that point, Rescigno already was in serious condition. The New York-born Rescigno moved to music after earning a law degree at La Sapienza University of Rome.
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February 6, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Will it be a baritone, or a soprano? Anna Netrebko says it is a high note of another kind: She is pregnant and getting married. The 36-year-old soprano and her fiance, Uruguayan baritone Erwin Schrott, are expecting a child this fall, her management company said Monday. "We are both very, very happy that soon there will be three of us," she said. It will be her first child. She and Schrott, 35, became engaged last year in New York. Schrott sang the title role in Los Angeles Opera's "Don Giovanni" last fall.
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April 11, 2007 | George Jahn, Associated Press
In this city famed for its love of music, Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer's glaring involvement in who will run Vienna's flagship opera house has made him a target for criticism that he is spending too much time on affairs of the stage instead of the state. The Austrian government leader is a Socialist -- a party whose rank and file still is drawn from the European working class with a musical preference more Beyonce than Brahms.
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June 5, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN and Claudia Puig, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Hermann Michael of West Germany and Yuri Simonov of the Soviet Union will replace Andre Previn on the podium of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the four Hollywood Bowl concerts that Previn canceled at the time of his resignation as Philharmonic music director last month. Michael, a former assistant to Herbert von Karajan at the Vienna State Opera, has led Wagner productions at Seattle Opera since 1984, and is scheduled for his Metropolitan Opera debut (conducting "Die Fledermaus") in 1989-90.
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May 30, 1998
Josef Woodard should have done his homework on Ernst Krenek before stating that my husband is "a German who landed in Southern California" ("Divergent Samples of 20th Century Music," May 23). Krenek is very much an Austrian, not a German. He was born Aug. 23, 1900, in Vienna, where he spent most of his life until his immigration to America in 1938. More than any composer of that time, he wrote many fierce articles, all published in the Wiener Zeitung, against German Nazism and their Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler.
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June 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Olga Borodina will no longer be singing at the Vienna State Opera, according to a statement by the company. The Russian diva, who has graced La Scala, Covent Garden, the Met, the Salzburg Festival and other famed operatic stages, was to make her Vienna State Opera debut this month as Isabella in Rossini's "L'Italiana in Algeria" ("The Italian in Algiers") -- one of her signature roles. But Agnes Baltsa is now singing the part.
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February 2, 2006 | From Associated Press
Seiji Ozawa has canceled his remaining performances with the Vienna State Opera this season after being hospitalized with a bronchial infection and shingles that affected his vision. Ozawa, 70, is in his fourth season as music director of the Vienna State Opera in Austria. He is music director laureate of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he was music director for 29 seasons before stepping down at the end of the 2001-02 season.
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