Felicia Montealegre
Felicia Montealegre
Felicia Cohn Montealegre was a Chilean-American stage and television actress. From 1951 until her death, she was the wife of American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.
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THEATER REVIEW: Felder's 'Maestro' the best of his 'Sonata' series - North County Times
Google News - over 5 years
The play also delves deeply into Bernstein's 1951 marriage to Chilean-born actress Felicia Montealegre. In the play, he describes the wedding in near-clinical fashion as a deal that would provide him stability, children and a secure conducting position
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'A Quiet Place' Of Dysfunction And Dystopia
NYTimes - over 6 years
AS the motorcade carrying the body of Leonard Bernstein passed through Brooklyn on its way to Green-Wood Cemetery 20 years ago, construction workers removed their yellow hard hats and called out, ''Goodbye, Lenny!'' It was a gesture of affection unthinkable for any other classical musician. In death, as in life, Bernstein was the exception: capable
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OPERA REVIEW; A Short Bernstein Opera On a Troubled Marriage
NYTimes - over 11 years
Leonard Bernstein was on his honeymoon in 1951 when he began composing his one-act opera ''Trouble in Tahiti,'' a curious time, you would think, for a young man to write a wry, jazzy and jaundiced portrait of a troubled suburban marriage. In introducing a production of ''Trouble in Tahiti,'' presented in the Music Room of the House Museum at
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Debussy, a Composer Unlike Any Before or After Him
NYTimes - over 15 years
Here are some favorite Debussy recordings of the classical music critics of The New York Times. CD's range in price from $10 to $15 for one CD, $15 to $20 for a two-CD set and $30 to $40 for three- and four-CD collections. (An introduction appears on Page 1 of Weekend.) PIANO WORKS. Walter Gieseking, pianist (EMI Classics 5 65855 2; four CD's).
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10 Parties That Shook The Century
NYTimes - about 17 years
PARTIES run off affluent times,'' said Ann Douglas, a historian and chronicler of that endless and great party, Manhattan in the 1920's. ''This is when excitement is high and society can express itself by wasting things.'' Her apercu explains why a list of New York's most talked-about hosts of the 20th century does not contain the name Brooke
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MUSIC; A Friendship Formed During a Changing of the Guard
NYTimes - over 18 years
THE composer William Schuman liked to tell about the time he heard one of his works performed in Macon, Ga. After the concert, he was approached by a woman of a certain age and social standing who told him that while she did not generally approve of atonal music, she had enjoyed his piece. Schuman, a former professor and president of the Juilliard
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TELEVISION REVIEW; The Irrepressible Bernstein in Retrospect, Fondly
NYTimes - over 18 years
From his famous 1943 debut at the age of 25, when he filled in for Bruno Walter as conductor of the New York Philharmonic, to his death in 1990, Leonard Bernstein was rarely offstage, whether as conductor or composer, teacher or showman. Tonight's partly autobiographical and altogether affectionate ''American Masters'' tribute brings out the
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CHRONICLE
NYTimes - about 19 years
Closing up the home of one's parents and getting rid of a lifetime's worth of possessions is not easy, as JAMIE BERNSTEIN THOMAS, a daughter of Leonard Bernstein, learned when she recently sorted through personal mementos and pieces of musical history. Tomorrow and Thursday, the contents of the apartment in the Dakota that her parents moved into in
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WEDDINGS; Ms Velazquez and Mr Bernstein
NYTimes - almost 22 years
Elizabeth Velazquez, a daughter of Lil Ninoshka Palau of Kona, Hawaii, and Raymond Velazquez of Milford, Conn., was married yesterday to Alexander Bernstein, the son of the late Felicia Montealegre Bernstein and Leonard Bernstein, the composer and conductor. Rabbi Ari Fridkis performed the ceremony at the bridegroom's summer home in Fairfield,
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Bernstein Up Close: The Follicles and Pores
NYTimes - over 22 years
Leonard Bernstein By Humphrey Burton Illustrated. 594 pages. Doubleday. $25. Do we need another biography of so public and familiar a figure as Leonard Bernstein, especially while the fall-out from Joan Peyser's tell-all blast of 1987 still lingers? And if so, can't we wait for the soon-to-appear portrait by Meryle Secrest, presumably as
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'A Department Store of Music'
NYTimes - almost 23 years
LEONARD BERNSTEIN By Humphrey Burton. Illustrated. 594 pp. New York: Doubleday. $25. ONE of my last experiences of Leonard Bernstein was a performance of the "New World" Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall in 1986. In the famous slow movement, Dvorak's orchestra sings a lovely made-up folk tune, a melody later parlayed into "Going Home," and into a place
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Classical Music in Review
NYTimes - about 24 years
James Tocco Pianist Merkin Concert Hall Oddly, James Tocco's "Celebration of Bernstein and Copland," which he devised after the composers' deaths, was slow to find its way to New York. And when it did arrive, last Tuesday evening, the audience was small. Mr. Tocco has specialized in this music over the last decade or so, and has recorded much of it
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Leonard Bernstein, 72, Music's Monarch, Dies
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: Leonard Bernstein, one of the most prodigally talented and successful musicians in American history, died yesterday evening at his apartment at the Dakota on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He was 72 years old. Leonard Bernstein, one of the most prodigally talented and successful musicians in American history, died yesterday evening at his
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PSYCHOBIOGRAPHY OF A MAESTRO
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: BERNSTEIN A Biography. By Joan Peyser. Illustrated. 481 pp. New York: Beech Tree Books/ William Morrow & Company. $22.95. BERNSTEIN A Biography. By Joan Peyser. Illustrated. 481 pp. New York: Beech Tree Books/ William Morrow & Company. $22.95. LEONARD BERNSTEIN will turn 70 next year. It is hard to imagine him as a grand old master. His
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: BERNSTEIN: A Biography. By Joan Peyser. Illustrated. 481 pages. Beech Tree Books/William Morrow & Company. $22.95. BERNSTEIN: A Biography. By Joan Peyser. Illustrated. 481 pages. Beech Tree Books/William Morrow & Company. $22.95. WELL, of course. Near the beginning of this nearly too vivid biography of Leonard Bernstein -whom one of the
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THE EVENING HOURS
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: WITH New York's frenetic party season a month away from the finish line, are the city's social whirlers showing signs of wilting in the home stretch? Is an invitation to yet another lavish late-night dinner the last thing they want to see in the mailbox? WITH New York's frenetic party season a month away from the finish line, are the city's
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BERNSTEIN TRIUMPHANT
NYTimes - over 30 years
IN A WASH OF WEEPY EMOTION, Leonard Bernstein stepped down as music director of the New York Philharmonic in 1969, assuming the title ''laureate conductor.'' Laureates sometimes carry with them an air of doddering grandeur. But at the age of 50, Bernstein was still full of fire, mostly fueled by ambitions to fulfill his interrupted promise as a
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David Thomas, Jamie Bernstein Exchange Vows
NYTimes - about 32 years
Jamie Ann Maria Bernstein, a daughter of Leonard Bernstein of New York and Fairfield, Conn., and the late Felicia Montealegre Bernstein, was married yesterday to David Thomas, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman O. Thomas of Hudson, Ohio. Rabbi Lawrence Siegel performed the ceremony at the New York home of the bride's father. Nina Bernstein was her
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    FIFTIES
  • 1978
    Age 56
    She died of lung cancer in East Hampton, New York in 1978, aged 56.
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  • 1976
    Age 54
    Montealegre starred in the 1976 Broadway play Poor Murderer.
    More Details Hide Details She features prominently in Tom Wolfe's essay "Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1951
    Age 29
    After Hart's death, she married Bernstein in 1951.
    More Details Hide Details They had three children, Jamie, Alexander and Nina. Montealegre's voice can be heard on two works conducted by Bernstein: his own Kaddish Symphony as well as a version of Debussy's Le martyre de Saint S├ębastien, partially performed in English.
  • 1950
    Age 28
    She also appeared in several television dramas, including a 1950 dramatization of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House on Kraft Television Theatre, in which she played Nora.
    More Details Hide Details Another appearance on television includes the 1949 CBS teleplay (part of the "Studio One" series) based on Somerset Maugham's novel Of Human Bondage, in which Montealegre played Mildred opposite Philip Carey of Charlton Heston. Although Montealegre appeared on television, she made no feature films.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Age 0
    Cohn Montealegre was born on February 6, 1922 in Santiago, Metropolitan Region, Chile.
    More Details Hide Details She was raised Catholic, and later converted to Judaism, when marrying Leonard Bernstein (her own paternal grandfather had been Jewish). She established herself in New York. She studied piano with Claudio Arrau and met composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein at a party Arrau gave in 1946. She and Bernstein were engaged to be married but this was broken off. Subsequently she had an affair lasting for several years with Broadway and Hollywood actor Richard Hart.
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