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"Billy Budd

Review: Billy Budd at L.A. Opera

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 04.29.2014 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

Like much of Melville, Billy Budd is as more a treatise than a tale: a meditation on "maleness" as a philosophic quality. Melville loved the ambiguities hidden in the male drive for action and greater purpose.

First Nighter: Britten's Billy Budd an Absolute Brooklyn Academy of Music Must-Hear

David Finkle | Posted 04.12.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Standing ovations are so prevalent they are meaningless. The consensus is that ticket buyers paying so much for a seat rise at curtain calls in order to convince themselves they've just gotten their money's worth. There are occasions, however, when standing O's are indisputably meaningful.

A Conversation with Lucas Meachem -- San Francisco Opera's Barber of Seville

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.25.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Conducted by Giuseppe Finzi and directed by Emilio Sagi, the production is a fine blend of Commedia dell'Arte Lite and drawing room humor played outside.

Nathan Gunn Is 'Yeshua' in San Francisco Opera's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.24.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Popular baritone Nathan Gunn portrays Jesus, referred to here as Yeshua. No matter the format or venue, even for the most equipped candidate, acting-out the Son of Man is not an opportunity that comes around very often.

Interview: Terence Stamp and Unfinished Song

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.20.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At 74, his eyes are still exceptionally blue and a little bit mischievous. He sits calmly, listens to a question about how often he is offered roles like the one he plays in Unfinished Song, and smiles.

What's Normal? What's Not?

Allen Frances | Posted 06.01.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

No bright line marks the boundary between illness and health. At the extremes it is easy to diagnose mental illness accurately and to distinguish it from normality. At the fuzzy border, it is impossible.

'Einstein' At The Opera

AP | Posted 01.08.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Opera's 2013-14 season will include the company premiere of Philip Glass' "Einstein on the Beach" and a revival of Brit...

Handsome Is As Handsome Does: The Met's Billy Budd

David Browning | Posted 07.08.2012 | Home
David Browning

I was thrilled to learn the Met was to revive its beautiful 1978 production of Mr. Benjamin Britten's masterpiece Billy Budd, based on Mr. Melville's novella of the same name.

Movie Review... The Unsafe Safe House

Carole Mallory | Posted 04.10.2012 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Denzel Washington plays one badass sociopath, murderer, traitor and still manages to steal screen time from all of those around him and be charming to...

In Praise of the Novella

Dave Astor | Posted 11.01.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

A novella can be read in only a few hours, yet the best ones pack almost the same punch as much longer works of fiction.

That was the decade that was!

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Brian Dickie

I have had the good fortune to have been in Chicago for the whole of the first decade of the 21st century which ended over the weekend. It has been a...