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January 28, 2008 | From the Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Recently in Fargo, N.D., moviegoers had a choice among "Aliens vs. Predator," "The Great Debaters" -- and "Macbeth," live from New York's Metropolitan Opera. Murder, mayhem, romance -- the plot elements of Verdi's opera were packing 'em in at about 600 theaters across North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. It's all part of a marketing strategy by the Met's general manager, Peter Gelb, to attract a new, younger audience.
October 29, 2005 | From Associated Press
For the first time since it was formed 50 years ago, the Washington National Opera will open a new production of George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" on Saturday, celebrating the 70th anniversary of one of the most successful American works. A Sunday matinee of the show at the Kennedy Center on Nov. 6 will be open to the public on an 18-by-32-foot screen on the National Mall near the Capitol.
May 21, 2009 | Emily Langer, Langer writes for the Washington Post.
Nicholas Maw, a British composer who bucked the fads of modern classical music to return to more traditional melody and who brought William Styron's wrenching novel "Sophie's Choice" to the opera stage, has died. He was 73. Maw died Tuesday at his home in Takoma Park, Md., of complications from dementia and diabetes.
September 21, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
Two national Latino organizations say that the Kennedy Center Honors awards exclude Latinos, and they have begun a public campaign to reform the program, which celebrates lifetime achievement in the performing arts and culminates in an annual telecast of ceremonies at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Felix Sanchez, who chairs the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, said Friday that George Stevens Jr.,...
June 9, 2006 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
A case can be made for nepotism in classical music. Sons -- Carlos Kleiber, Peter Serkin -- have artistically outdone famous fathers. Six years ago, eyebrows rose when Long Beach Opera's founder hired his novice daughter as a director. But those eyebrows quickly dropped when Isabel Milenski turned out to have a vivid stage imagination. More than once, Marta Domingo has been on the payroll of companies her husband heads, directing for Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera.
December 11, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Deborah Rutter, who grew up in Encino and began her career as an orchestra executive in Los Angeles, will be the next president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Rutter, 57, has been president of the Chicago Symphony since 2003, having previously been executive director of the Seattle Symphony and, from 1986 to 1992, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She learned the ropes of arts administration from 1978 to 1986 at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, rising from administrative assistant to orchestra manager under the tutelage of the Phil's highly-respected longtime top executive, Ernest Fleischmann.
January 16, 2006 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
A cluster of star singers will add luster to Los Angeles Opera's 2006-07 season, when James Conlon debuts as the company's music director. Renee Fleming, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Rolando Villazon, Anna Netrebko and company general director Placido Domingo are among the high-powered talents set to appear at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 75 performances of 10 operas, with four of the productions to be conducted by Conlon.
December 9, 2009 | By Mike Boehm and Garrett Therolf
Los Angeles Opera asked for and received a $14-million emergency loan from Los Angeles County on Tuesday to keep it afloat through the middle of next year. The loan "is needed now, literally next week," Stephen Rountree, chief executive of both the opera company and its landlord, the Music Center, told the Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday meeting. The company is $20 million in debt, Rountree said. FOR THE RECORD: L.A. Opera: An article in Wednesday's Calendar about L.A. Opera getting a $14-million bailout from Los Angeles County quoted County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky as saying, "For all they have built up . . . this is almost no price for us to pay. We'll make money on the interest rate, and we'll save the opera."
The capital paid homage this weekend to five artistic legends from around the world, Latvia to California, whose contributions have earned them the highest such honor the nation bestows. Opera star Placido Domingo, who is also artistic director of the Los Angeles Opera, and actor-director Clint Eastwood, who grew up in Depression-era California and studied at Los Angeles City College, were among the recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors.
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