(Continued from last week) The sensational success that Mary Costa, young American soprano, had with the San Francisco Opera Co. last season was no happenstance. Much had gone before. She got her first "feel" for opera some years before when she appeared in performances with The Euterpe O p e r a Reading Club of Los Angeles, singing such parts as "Norma" in Bellini's opera of that name and "Desdemona" in Verdi's "Othello". "People told me that the music of Norma was very difficult", she naively related, "but I didn't find it so." (Actually it is vocally one of the most difficult roles in opera.) "Perhaps," she continued, "it was because I knew so little of operatic difficulties at that time. But I know now.!" Another invaluable experience came when sire was selected to sing the leading soprano role in "The Bartered Bride" by Smetana in the Shrine Auditorium for the Children's Opera Season given every year by the school children of Los Angeles. Then came the wonderful experience of eight performances at the Glyndbourne Festival in England, when she sang "Suzanne" in Wolf-Ferrari's opera "The Secrets of Suzanne." And last summer she appeared in the Vancouver M u s i c Festival, singing Eurydice in the opera "Orfeo and Eurydice" by Gluck. Here she met Kurt Adler, impresario also of the San Francisco Opera Co., and he knew a good thing when he saw (and heard) it! * *. + * EIGHT years of piano study have made Mary Costa a fine musician, which is a thing beloved of conductors. Proof of this was shown this past season when she sang her first performance of Musetta in "La Boheme." "I had to go on without a single orchestral rehearsal", she told us. "After the performance the conductor asked me incredu- Entire Balance of Holiday Stock PRICE W o o l s , Prints, Cottons, 2 - p c . C o o r d i n a t e s , Corduroys a n d P a r t y Dresses Sizes 7 to 18 Your Complete Fashion Center ISO Pint AVI, Ion; Beach OpÂ«n Mon. A CM. 'til '/ p. m. ously if it were really true that I never had sung the role before." (As a former opera singer myself, I can tell you that this is a formidable feat.) No,--Mary Costa, unlike Topsy did not "just grow." A lot of hard work and invaluable experience prepared her for the tremendous success that is now hers. Â·6he spoke with affection and a d m i r a t i o n of her teacher, Mario Chamlee, with whom she has been studying for four years. "He does not so much TEACH me as GUIDE me", she said. * Â· * * * AND NOW to enjoy to the full the fruits of their labors, Mary and her equally talentefl husband, Frank Tashlin, have just bought a palatial home in Beverly Hills. The great drawing room in which we sat reminded one of the grand salons in the royal palaces of Europe. At the far end of the room were great jewel-studded stained glass windows. Outside, a lovely garden with noble old trees extended far back to a large pool surrounded by cabanas. In my mind's eye I could envision the wonderful days and nights of music and entertainment ahead for lucky guests. For Mary Costa and her husband and charming mother, who lives with them, are the most hospitable people I have ever met, with the warmth that comes from REAL people. Mary Costa has everything, beauty, personality, heart, humility, spirtuality and a golden voice that has few peers. Auf wiedersehen, dear Mary. May you go steadily on from triumph to triumph and never lose the sweetness that is YOU! S.F. Choir to Sing Here Members of the touring San Francisco State College Choir, directed by Dr. John Tegnell, will present a special concert in the Long Beach City Gollege- a u d i t o r i u m at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds will help finance the City College Choir's own tour of Northern California in May, including an exchange concert at San Francisco State College. Â· F e a t u r e d works on Wednesday's concert will include the motet "Jcsu, Meine Freunde" by Bach and a composition designed especially for the San Francisco c h o r a l group by American composer Ernst Bacon. Leontyne Price Leontyne Price, soprano, will sing Tuesday night in Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles. Miss Price, in 1958, won acclaim in four major opera houses in Europe and, within seven weeks time, was soloist for the Philadelphia, Boston Symphony and New York Philharmonic orchestras. Gold Rush Lore, Legends Retold in Watercolors INDEPENDENT-PRESS-TELEGRAM--W-I LONG IUCH II, CAUF., IUNDAY, JANUAIT 41, ltÂ« Johnny Green Johnny Green to Speak at Salon Preview C o m p o s e r - conductor Johnny Green will be guest speaker at the only night salon preview of the current concert season sponsored by Long Beach Auxiliary to Southern California Symphony Assn. Friday at the Petroleum Club. Green, music director of I.os Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra's P r o m e n a d e Concerts, will discuss the program to be played by the orchestra next Sunday at 8:30 p. m. in the Concert Hall, which Eugen Jochum will conduct. Zino Frances- catti, violinist, will be soloist. # * * * T H E POPULAR music director has won Academy Award Oscars and nominations for direction and for motion picture scores, and has had many of his own songs on the Hit Parade list and best selling records. Salon activities will begin with a cocktail hour from 6:30 to 7:30 p. m., arranged by S y m p h o n y Juniors, and will be followed by buffet dinner. This is the one opportunity of the year for the auxiliary to share with season ticket holders and husbands the pleasure of a concert preview. Mrs. Clarke Donaldson is in charge of reservations. Making decoration and hospitality arrangements are Mmes. Emily Persons, Lee Denny, Reese Hanson, Leroy Carlisle, Thomas Russell, Victor A. Mingers and Delphine Wagner. International Student Art on Display Today Paintings by students in Europe, Asia, the United States and six junior and senior high schools of Long Beach make up the International Art Show which is open to the public from 2 to 4 p. m. today in Howard Hicks Gallery at Polytechnic High School. There is no admission c h a r g e . Theme of the exhibit is "Inc r e a s e'd Understanding Through Art." The paintings d e p i c t scenes of the countries and the home life of different peoples of the world. Also included are handmade articles. The show is presented through the cooperation of Poly Junior Red Cross and the Gallery Class. By VERA WILLIAMS I, P-T Art Editor For his second one-man show at Buffums' under auspices of Long Beach Art Assn. during February, Harold H. Scott, will exhibit recent watercolors of California's Mother Lode country, result of a two-week sketching and painting tour last August. Says Scott: "Because I am a native Californian, the Golden State's fabulous gold rush history always has fascinated me. When I was a child my mother's tales of the early mining d a y s , serious, hilarious, sometimes tragic, were my favorite stories. "Hangtown, Red Dog, Angels Camp, Rough N' Ready, Shingle Springs, F i d d l e t o w n , Poker Flat, to me were places that eclipsed in interest and importance the more prosaic capitals of the world. "My l e i s u r e l y trip through the Mother Lode of today -- the ghost towns of the 49'ers -- resulted in the watercolors which I am Art Exhibits Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd.: Paintings by Edgar Ewing, Irene Koch, Edith G u m m e 1 s; paintings by S o u t h e a s t Asian children; drawings by European children, close today. City College Gallery, Faculty Ave. and Harvey Way: Japanese craftsmanship, through Feb. 17. State C o l l e g e Gallery, 6101 E. 7th St.: Paintings and drawings by George James, John Lincoln, Willie Suzuki, Ray Dutcher, Doug McKadden, through Feb. 19. Gallery of Prints and Drawings, 1261 Long Beach Blvd.; Keith Crown watercolors. Saylor's Art Center, G24 E. 4th St.: Spectrum Club paintings. Dl P i a z z i Restaurant,. 4713 E. 2nd St.: Paintings and drawings by Loretta Ann, through Feb. 12. Book Fair, 4228 Atlantic Ave.: Edward Rugels paintings, through February. Seal Beach Art Gallery: Juried cash award show, closes today. showing, to say nothing of the wealth of lore and legends which rewarded my tour." The exhibition is completed with paintings of far-flung countries visited earlier by Scott: the China Coast, Pacific Isles and Egypt. * * * * MILDRED K. WALKER and Elsa (Mrs. Alex) Nelson will have a two-man show in Pacific Coast Club Feb. 1 through. Feb. 26, with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 7. Art receptions and exhibitions in Pacific Coast Club are open to the public. Mrs. Nelson, whose Portuguese Bend studio overlooks Santa Catalina Island and the Bend Bay, studied art in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Los Angeles County Art Institute. Mildred Walker, since 1947 art instructor (painting, life drawing and art history) at El Camino College, studied at Chicago Art Institute, Columbia and USC, and traveled in central Europe, Egypt, Greece, Crete and Mexico. PAINTINGS and sculpture by 11 artists will be presented by Palos Verdes Community Arts Assn. at Palos Verdes Library Art Gallery through the cooperation of the L a n d a u , E s t e r - R o b l e s a n d Paul Rivas Galleries of Los Angeles. The exhibit will open Friday w i t h a reception from 8 to 10 p.m. for member of the association. 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