December 9, 2006 |
Franco Zeffirelli was cheered and showered with roses on the opening night of his new production of Verdi's "Aida" at La Scala on Thursday night in Milan, Italy, making his triumphant return after a 14-year absence from the opera house where he first made his mark.
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February 18, 2005 |
Marcello Viotti, music director of Venice's La Fenice Theatre, died Wednesday in a hospital in Munich, Germany. He was 50. His brother, Silvio Viotti, announced his death. The Italian conductor, who also appeared at La Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and other major international opera houses, had a stroke last week during a rehearsal of Jules Massenet's "Manon" with the Munich Radio Orchestra. Viotti fell into a coma and never regained consciousness.
May 18, 2003 |
Mozart: Symphonies 39 and 41 Orchestra of St. Luke's; Donald Runnicles, conductor (St. Luke's Collection) *** In an auspicious debut for its new in-house label, the esteemed Orchestra of St. Luke's shows what it can do, and how much it knows, about these late Mozart repertory standards, Symphonies 39 and 41. That the orchestra's members have had considerable experience in the more intimate confines of chamber music helps in the process of bringing Mozart to life in a fleet and lucid form.
March 6, 2001 |
Dusted by snow flurries Sunday afternoon, Walter Cronkite stood in the front of the stage door of Carnegie Hall speaking to a television camera. He was on his way to hear Pierre Boulez conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in Mahler's Third Symphony. His remarks couldn't be overheard, but perhaps he was asked to comment on what promised to be a bizarre musico-climatological phenomenon.
July 7, 1999 |
The Holy Grail--so miraculously made musical in Wagner's last opera, "Parsifal"--can serve as a symbol of truth and beauty for all of us; and that is something we ever more urgently need as we approach the millennium. At least that's the message in the script that Placido Domingo reads, with beguiling sincerity, at the end of Tony Palmer's "Parsifal: The Search for the Grail," tonight at 8 on KCET.
December 21, 2005 |
The Los Angeles Philharmonic plays most of its concerts three or four times. Los Angeles Opera typically has twice that many performances of its productions. But in any theatrical run, there is no way to know which performance will be best. The theory goes like this: Opening night is a glorified dress rehearsal, so avoid it. Everything comes together about the middle of the run. By the end, the performers are starting to get a bit bored, and it's best, once more, to stay away.