Her nemesis, Samuel Ramey, arguably the most famous basso in the world, portrayed the evil Scarpia, with his usual intensity and commanding voice. Ramey, known as the “villains-villian” has a repertoire of more than 50 roles, including Mephistopheles, Faust and Attila. In The Tales of Hoffman, he noted for portraying all four villains. And you know what, in person he really is a nice guy!
You can have the opportunity to see this exceptional opera until December 18th. It is running con-currently with Wagner’s Parsifal, starring Placido Domingo. Who says that L.A. is not an opera town?
Music of different tune was heard at the Kodak Theatre, when Swedish super-star Robert Wells presented his Rhapsody in Rock Concert. This infusion of musical genres, classical, jazz, boogie-woogie, rock n’roll and blues was performed by Wells, and none other than Ruben Studdard, of American Idol Fame. Studdard’s duet with Swedish singer Peter Joback was mind blowing.
We were privileged to be invited to The Eliason Award Dinner before the concert, sponsored by the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce of L.A The Honorable Tomas Rossander, Consul General of Sweden presented the Merit Award to entrepreneur Kent Berg, who has devoted his life promoting trade and investment between Sweden and the United States.
Pietra is also producing Celebrity EX, a comedy based on a TV reality show about a subject she knows quite well – being a celebrity ex. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars have ex-spouses who will be profiled on this show. Something to look forward to on the Hollywood Beat.