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February 11, 2002 | MARK SWED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1966, New York City Opera mounted a momentous production of Handel's "Julius Caesar." It made a star of Beverly Sills, and it began a Handel revival that continues to this day. By now, nearly every self-respecting opera company makes room for Handel. Los Angeles Opera's "Julius Caesar" last season was a hit; San Francisco Opera stages the opera in June. But until Saturday, San Diego Opera, which was formed in 1964, resisted all Handelian temptation.
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November 30, 2003 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
American mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux and Spanish soprano Maria Bayo have only one scene together in "Orfeo ed Euridice," Los Angeles Opera's new production of Christoph Willibald Gluck's 1762 opera. But that scene tells the whole story. According to the Greek myth of Orpheus (here, Orfeo), his wife, Euridice, dies of a snakebite shortly after their marriage.
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January 18, 1998 | Kenneth Herman, Kenneth Herman is a music writer based in San Diego
"Oh, great, cadenzas from Crutchfield," bubbles Vivica Genaux as a San Diego Opera aide hands her a fax covered with tiny black dots. "This is my best Christmas present yet." This past holiday season has indeed been generous to the 28-year-old mezzo-soprano from Fairbanks, Alaska, and a fresh supply of Rossini cadenzas from musicologist-conductor Will Crutchfield is not even half the story. A week before Christmas, Genaux made her unexpected Metropolitan Opera debut on a mere 48-hours' notice.
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February 11, 2002 | MARK SWED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1966, New York City Opera mounted a momentous production of Handel's "Julius Caesar." It made a star of Beverly Sills, and it began a Handel revival that continues to this day. By now, nearly every self-respecting opera company makes room for Handel. Los Angeles Opera's "Julius Caesar" last season was a hit; San Francisco Opera stages the opera in June. But until Saturday, San Diego Opera, which was formed in 1964, resisted all Handelian temptation.
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November 30, 2003 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
American mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux and Spanish soprano Maria Bayo have only one scene together in "Orfeo ed Euridice," Los Angeles Opera's new production of Christoph Willibald Gluck's 1762 opera. But that scene tells the whole story. According to the Greek myth of Orpheus (here, Orfeo), his wife, Euridice, dies of a snakebite shortly after their marriage.
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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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May 11, 2003 | Richard S. Ginell; Chris Pasles; Josef Woodard
Puccini: "Tosca" Andrea Bocelli, tenor; Fiorenza Cedolins, soprano; Carlo Guelfi, baritone; Orchestra and Chorus of Maggio Musicale; Zubin Mehta, conductor. (Decca) ** Into the heap of recorded "Toscas" lands this curious entry, which might outsell them all due to a certain wildly popular tenor attempting his second complete opera recording.
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March 12, 2006 | Chris Pasles
YOU may well have seen Walt Disney Concert Hall as a background for car commercials and fashion photographs as well as for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Now it's going to be part of an action movie due out in the fall and starring Anthony Hopkins. Directed by Gregory Hoblit, "Fracture" casts Hopkins as a man who tries to shoot his wife and, in a cat-and-mouse game with an assistant D.A. (Ryan Gosling), is set free on a series of technicalities.
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February 3, 2002
Art A selection of 65 paintings by a wide variety of British artists, including Francis Bacon and J.M.W. Turner, will be featured in "Great British Paintings From American Collections: Holbein to Hockney," opening today at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Above: "The Beggar's Opera" (1729) by William Hogarth.
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December 18, 1997 | JERRY CROWE
THE ARTS Veitch Out at Opera Pacific: Opera Pacific general director Patrick L. Veitch confirmed Wednesday that he has left the Irvine-based company. "At this point, I don't have anything to say, other than verifying that I'm not there," he said from his home near Newport Beach. Veitch's one-year contract had expired last August. "The company will be seeking new leadership," board Chairman Patrick T. Seaver said Wednesday in a prepared statement.
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January 18, 1998 | Kenneth Herman, Kenneth Herman is a music writer based in San Diego
"Oh, great, cadenzas from Crutchfield," bubbles Vivica Genaux as a San Diego Opera aide hands her a fax covered with tiny black dots. "This is my best Christmas present yet." This past holiday season has indeed been generous to the 28-year-old mezzo-soprano from Fairbanks, Alaska, and a fresh supply of Rossini cadenzas from musicologist-conductor Will Crutchfield is not even half the story. A week before Christmas, Genaux made her unexpected Metropolitan Opera debut on a mere 48-hours' notice.
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March 28, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mozart's sublime Mass in C minor was prefaced by two raucous contemporary works Friday on the Pacific Symphony program led by Carl St.Clair at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. * The bizarre programming can be explained, if not robustly defended. St.Clair and the orchestra have been recording two works by composer-in-residence Frank Ticheli.
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