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Romeo and Juliet
Two of Los Angeles Opera’s favorite stars Rolando Villazon and Anna Netrebko were the talk of the town for their performances in Romeo And Juliet. Never has there been a more attractive couple on stage – let alone the fact they both possess glorious voices. Netrebko, who was born in Russia, has been dubbed “Audrey Hepburn with a voice” has starred in several films.

Tenor Villazon, born in Mexico City, has appeared in all the leading opera houses around the world, and made a romantic Romeo indeed. The chemistry between the two principals was evident at the soiree following the opera, when Placido Domingo presented awards for the Hispanics for the Opera. As you can see from the photo taken at the party, the star-crossed lovers miraculously came back to life, and enjoyed the evening with the rest of the dazzled audience.

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Kudos go to Chairperson Orlando Ortego, Dolores Richardson, President and visionaries Alicia Clark and Ed Clark, who founded the Hispanics for the Opera 13 years ago. We rejoice in the progress made in bringing world class opera to the Hispanic Community of Los Angeles.

Michael Nathanson, President of MGM Pictures received the Sheba Humanitarian Award at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Nathanson, known for his strong business acumen and keen eye for talent, went from the mail room to the board room, and among the recent successes under his direction are Die Another Day, Walking Tall, and the Barbershop franchises. In this respect, Cedric The Entertainer, (star of Barbershop 2) was on hand to present the award…and admitted he owes much of his success to his “boss”.

Others in the stellar lineup included The Pointer Sisters, Jon Lovitz, Paul Rodriguez and Kathy Griffin, who presented an award to Jamie Masada (owner of the Laugh Factory). No folks, Michael Jackson was not present to congratulate Masada, who introduced him to his current accuser.

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Cedric the Entertainer
President Aron Shapiro said the funds raised at the Gala will fund a number of projects at Sheba Medical Center, the largest and most comprehensive healing complex in Israel and the Middle East. Bravo to all concerned for making this an evening of hope and compassion on the Hollywood Beat.

Keep April 28th open for the Los Angeles Antiques Show Gala Benefit at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica. This glamorous evening features a cocktail reception and delicious hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to schmooze with such participants as Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Candy Spelling and many other celebs who collect these fabulous antiques.

The event supports medical programs and patient care at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and you can obtain further info by calling 310-455-2886. Hope to see you there.