March 9, 1986 |
Acclaimed as one of the few genuine dramatic sopranos to enter the international ranks in recent years, Ghena Dimitrova finally gets to the West Coast next Sunday night, courtesy of Ambassador Auditorium, where she appears in recital with pianist Christo Stanischeff. The Bulgarian diva has been a regular in numerous European opera houses for nearly two decades, and has appeared extensively in South America, too.
December 31, 1989 |
Kurt Baum, one of the world's leading dramatic tenors of the recent past who came to opera from the sports world nearly 50 years ago, has died in a New York City hospital. The Associated Press reported Friday that he had died Wednesday near the comfortable apartment on Central Park South where he had lived in relative seclusion since retiring in 1966.
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March 9, 2003 |
Fedora Barbieri, whose big, rich, dramatic mezzo-soprano complemented the voices of such titans as Maria Callas, Jussi Bjorling and Cesare Siepi, died Tuesday in Florence, Italy. She was 82. Her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1950 -- as Eboli in a new production of Verdi's "Don Carlos" on the opening night of Sir Rudolf Bing's regime -- almost didn't take place.
October 13, 1987 |
Montserrat Caballe was never the sort of artist who could sweep an audience away with temperamental gusto. Nor was she the sort of soprano who lavished much energy on the quest for interpretive profundity. In her best days, however, she could sing like an angel. She commanded a big, luscious lyric soprano notable for its shimmering silver edge, its unmistakable clarity and purity.
November 2, 1990 |
They take Halloween very seriously in this cultural capital by the bay. On Wednesday night, assorted revelers prowled the streets around the Civic Center in ghoulish drag and goblinesque mufti. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Opera hosted two--count 'em, two--masked balls. The one in front of the proscenium attracted a surprising number of festive folk modeling silly suits and funny hats.