Times Staff Writer

Soprano Leontyne Price will sing twice at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in October: with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and in a separate solo recital, according to Price’s manager, Nelly Walter.

The Center in Costa Mesa opens Sept. 29.

At Price’s first concert, on Oct. 1, she will perform music by Richard Strauss, with Kurt Sanderling conducting the Philharmonic, Walter said. Price will sing Strauss’ last work, “Vier Letzte Lieder,” written in 1948, and the final scene from Strauss’ 1905 opera “Salome,” according to Walter and a spokesman for the Philharmonic. Walter, who is with Columbia Artists, said Price has not decided on the program for the recital, scheduled for Oct. 4.

“Definite and signed,” is how Walter described Price’s contracts to appear at the Center.


A Center spokesman said Wednesday: “We are pleased that our hopes to bring Miss Price to Orange County and the Center are nearing fruition. The opportunity to present her both in concert with the Philharmonic as well as in recital makes the promise of these occasions particularly special.”

The Orange County concert will be the first of more than a dozen in which Sanderling will conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic during October and November, 1986, according to a spokesperson with the Philharmonic. About four of those will be in Orange County.

Sanderling, 73, was one of two music directors of the Leningrad Philharmonic from 1942 to 1960. He served until recently as the music director of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra in East Berlin.

On Sept. 3, 1986, Price, 59, will be singing the “Salome” finale in a concert at Davies Hall in San Francisco, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco Symphony. She also will be singing a recital in San Francisco on Sept. 7 and another in Carmel on Oct. 7.


She is scheduled to return to Southern California for a recital at UCLA’s Royce Hall on May 10, 1987, Walter said.

Other programs that the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform at the Center in six concerts scheduled during the 1986-1987 season have not been announced.