Maud Adams (Octopussy) with husband,

Judge Charles Rubin at Swedish Dinner

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Tosca is the story of a woman of pride, passion, and glamour, and a woman who is also a singer. Soprano Violeta Urmana was perfectly cast in this role at the Los Angeles Opera’s production, directed by Ian Judge. Urmana, who began her career as a mezzo, transformed herself into the dramatic diva, and wowed the opening night black tie audience. Her rendition of Vissi d’arte, was heartbreaking. The statuesque beauty had us from the first note.

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!

Robert Wells, Rhapsody

in Rock Concert

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Pietra Thornton(Billy Bob's Ex) with sons,

Willie & Harry at Robert Wells Concert

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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.

Ruben Studdard

at Robert Wells Concert

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Our table mate was Swedish beauty, Maud Adams, who is famous as a James Bond girl. She starred in The Man With the Golden Glove, and Octopussy alongside Roger Moore. She has been married for many years to Beverly Hills Judge, Charles Rubin, and told us she is presently hawking her own line of skin care and cosmetics. Believe me, she is her own best subject.

Soprano Violeta Urmana as "Tosca"
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Another beauty at the concert was Pietra Thornton, former wife of Billy Bob, who was escorted by her two adorable sons, Willie & Harry. Pietra, who suffers from Lupus, invited us to last week’s Hollywood Bag Ladies Lupus Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Sharon Stone helped raise thousand of dollars as the auctioneer.

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.