January 28, 2008 |
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 |
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.
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May 21, 2009 |
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.
January 16, 2006 |
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.
June 5, 2008 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- It's "Ring" time in the West. Tuesday night, San Francisco Opera opened its summer season with Wagner's "Das Rheingold," the relatively brief (2 1/2 -hour) prologue in his four-opera cycle. The new production proved but a peek into Francesca Zambello's fascinating concept of Wagner's damaged gods, dumb-cluck giants, malicious dwarfs and clueless mortals as Americans headed down the wrong side of history. The full cycle will be on display in San Francisco in summer 2011.
July 11, 2008 |
JOEL FLATOW'S life is all about connections. Over the past decade, he's used his political links and savvy to help the recording industry wage its fight against piracy. Now he's using the musical ones to help politicians and nonprofit organizations raise the funds for their causes. In the process, he's become the go-to guy for the events that promise to make both this summer's national political conventions memorable occasions: Want an A-list singer for your Democratic National Committee party?
December 4, 2000 |
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.
March 14, 2007 |
Edgar Baitzel, who died Sunday of cancer, was the chief operating officer of Los Angeles Opera. Placido Domingo is the Eli and Edythe Broad general director. The titles reveal a lot. Domingo is L.A. Opera's public face, a celebrity able to woo other celebrities and major donors to the cause of the company. But Baitzel was L.A. Opera. If he had a reputation for being known as Placido's man on the Coast, Baitzel didn't seem to mind.
July 9, 2006 |
KRISTIN CHENOWETH left the cast of the Broadway musical hit "Wicked" two years ago to play the part of Nicole Kidman's nosy neighbor in "Bewitched." The diminutive native of Broken Arrow, Okla., thought she'd be heading back to New York as soon as production was completed. But Chenoweth, who describes herself as an "old soul" and who turns 38 this month, is still here because her movie and TV career has been flourishing.