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Paving the Road with Gold

Carmen Lehtimaki | Posted 09.02.2015 | College
Carmen Lehtimaki

In a couple of weeks I will begin my last full year of graduate school. It feels exciting and rewarding, but there is a large sense of pressure that tags along with it, as well. I did well this past year. However, I saw many opportunities I didn't partake in.

How To Bring Out Your Inner Witch, According To Our Favorite Feminist Occult Artist

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.28.2015 | Arts

Marjorie Cameron was born in Belle Plaine, Iowa in 1922. At the age of 18, she joined the Navy as a cartographer, where she honed her childhood inter...

My Truth: Grad School

Carmen Lehtimaki | Posted 08.03.2015 | Education
Carmen Lehtimaki

Going back to school has benefited me greatly, but the biggest lesson it's taught me is to always keep reaching for what you really want. If you are at a job you hate then create a way to make a living doing what you love.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Deepak Chopra's NYC Building Hosts Bizet's Leading "Carmen" Opera by NYCO Renaissance

David Drake | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts
David Drake

Last week, 80 New York socialites attended an intimate and luxurious evening of live opera at the Wellness Building on 66 East 11th Street where both Deepak Chopra and Leonardo DiCaprio have purchased apartments.

A Fiery and Doomed "Carmen" Opera

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 12.10.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Few operas can match Bizet's Carmen for passion, jealousy, revenge, and ultimate tragedy, set to stirring and glorious music, and the Met Opera's sweeping production by Richard Eyre brings it all vividly to life.

It's Pink Martini and Balanchine for Oregon Ballet Theatre at 25

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.06.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The legendary Bart Cook was on hand Saturday to whip Agon into shape -- that 1957 masterpiece that, after Apollo and The Four Temperaments, cemented the classic Balanchine style: cerebral, steely, stripped down.

All Women Have a Carmen Within

Amancay Tapia | Posted 05.20.2014 | Women
Amancay Tapia

Believe there is a "Carmen" lurking inside most of us and getting her out from time to time is particularly important in relationships, where we tend to see things with rose-colored glasses and ignore the red lights telling us to stop and change direction.

Mezzo-Soprano Sasha Cooke: Unmasked at SF Symphony's Masquerade Ball

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.23.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

I would run into people in my neighborhood, colleagues, singers who - when you mention Mary Magdalene - have a very strong reaction or an immediate idea.

PHOTO: Is This The Most Memorable Movie Outfit Ever?

Posted 11.09.2013 | Style

Few women could capture a screen like Dorothy Dandridge did. The late actress' presence was enough to keep men's jaws dropped... and women attentively...

The Singer's Addiction Act II: The Pain

Adria Firestone | Posted 09.01.2013 | Arts
Adria Firestone

Discover what it is in you that is calling out to be heard. Read books, watch movies, take walks and talk with those you love. Explore other aspects of yourself. Yes, a singer is an artist, but higher still, you are the creator of a far greater work -- your life.

Ray Manzarek: A Friend's Tribute

Lauren Cahn | Posted 08.24.2013 | Entertainment
Lauren Cahn

When I heard that Ray Manzarek had died, I immediately grabbed my iPod and clicked on The Doors' "Riders on the Storm." I listened as the sound of rain transformed into Manzarek's cascading keyboards.

Risë Stevens: A Brief Tribute

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 05.25.2013 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Until my late teens Risë Stevens was all I knew of opera. I am sure mom wore out the grooves listening to the overture, and the arias "Habañera" and "Séguidilla". I knew these, too, by osmosis.

Tenor Noah Stewart Debuts With Berkeley Symphony in World Premiere of New Work by Steven Stucky

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.19.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

"We're inundated with so many messages on TV and the radio. We need to go back to the simplicity of a voice and a piano in a space where you can feel the energy of your neighbors."

In Sydney, Opera Grabs the Bull by the Horns

Joyce Morgan | Posted 05.10.2013 | Arts
Joyce Morgan

Outdoor opera is artistically risky. Some say it compromises the art form and that amplifying the singers' voices destroys opera's unique element, the sound of the unadulterated human voice. As a means to draw new audiences, the gamble is paying off.

Philly Opera Gets A New Name

AP | JOANN LOVIGLIO | Posted 03.31.2013 | Arts

PHILADELPHIA — The Opera Company of Philadelphia is getting a new name that officials say is in better harmony with the organization's move towa...

'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...

Romantic Madame Butterfly Coming to L.A. Opera

Jay Weston | Posted 12.22.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

This heartbreaking tragedy of the beautiful geisha, Cio-Cio-San, who falls madly in love with the caddish American naval lieutenant who is unworthy of that love, is heart-rendering.

The Met Opera Season Analysis, Part One: What to Expect From September to October

Opera Teen | Posted 11.18.2012 | Arts
Opera Teen

On September 24th, the Metropolitan Opera opens its doors with a production of L'Elisir d'Amore for a whole new season. You can't help but be excited!

Trouble in the Opera Corner of iTunes Land

Opera Teen | Posted 09.24.2012 | Home
Opera Teen

Hello opera fans. Now I don't normally do short little posts like this, but I would like to tell you all about something weird (and possibly funny) ab...

Highlights From the Dinner Party

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.21.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano


Another Visit to Oman

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.10.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is truly no Eastern art or Western art or Asian art, etc. There is only art. And great art has the power to move us because great artists speak to us no matter what the language.

My Part in Arts Education, Preservation, and Collaboration

Ashley Bouder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ashley Bouder

As artists and people dedicated to the arts, it is our responsibility to spearhead arts education -- and help integrate it into our education systems.

Finessing A Film's Art Direction

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Often, as I'm watching a movie, I'll start to notice how carefully the filmmaker has worked with a palette of colors to create a specific vision. Some...

Is Sharing a Good Thing After All?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is no doubt that sharing productions allows an opera company to show more new works than when every company builds each of its own productions. But is something lost in this endeavor? I think so.

Dudamel Opens a New View at Hollywood Bowl

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Donna Perlmutter

Of course it would take a dunderhead to ignore the magnetism our L.A. Philharmonic music director exudes and not let the hordes in on his irresistible way with the players and the music.