Forbes, Fireworks, Opera & Barrett Wissman

October 10, 2014 James Heinsman In the News


Nino Machaidze as Violetta. Photo: Craig Mathew / LA Opera

In a recent articles in Forbes, Barrett Wissman, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and Chairman of IMG Artists, wrote about attending “La Traviata” at the Los Angeles Opera.

As he wrote for Forbes,

“I had never imagined Verdi’s masterpiece set in 1920s Paris, but Marta Domingo’s production is beautifully atmospheric. The wonderful cast of Placido Domingo singing the baritone role of Germont, Nino Machaidze as Violetta and Arturo Chacon-Cruz as Alfredo were conducted under the able direction of James Conlon.”

Barrett Wissman, based in Los Angeles, certainly has an opinion that carries weight about such matters. As the Chairman of IMG Artists, he has offices in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. IMG Artists manages artists, manages and owns branded arts and lifestyle festivals and events and has a project consulting business around the world.

As Eluxe Magazine described Wissman,

The Forbes columnist, financier and Co-Chairman of IMG Artists (one of the largest performing arts management groups in the world) has been key in organising unique festivals such as the Festival Del Sole, the Abu Dhabi Festival, the Placido Dominigo Festival and Tribeca Firenze, all of which not only offer a stellar lineup of performing artists and entertainment, but give guests the opportunity to enjoy exquisite food, wine and historical exhibitions in a culturally rich environment.

One of his most recent activities was to produce the world record attempt for the largest fireworks display even shown. Created in Dubai on New Year’s Eve, IMG Artists with Barrett Wissman used over 450,000 fireworks that were launched from 400 different locations over a geographical area of more than 60 miles. They managed to set the world record, six times larger than the last record, and to set their mark on the Dubai skyline.

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