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Romantic Conspiracies

George Heymont | Posted 03.20.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Last fall, the San Francisco Opera presented new productions of two of the operatic art form's greatest works. Each is a rollicking comedy in which young love triumphs over extremely vain and selfish elders who claim to have the ingenue's best interest at heart.

Met Opera: Maestri and Levine Team for a Joyful New 'Falstaff'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 02.06.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The world's favorite fat, foolish lover returned to the Metropolitan Opera stage last night in a new production of Verdi's Falstaff that with the splendid Anbrogio Maestri singing the knightly knave and the incomparable James Levine in the pit is an evening of pure delight.

Review: Falstaff at L.A. Opera

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

Part of Shakespeare's genius lies in the way he loves even his fools and villains. When we watch his characters blather or sin, we are never repelled. Each seems to be an aspect of ourselves, all necessarily living together in this wonderful house of folly we call the world.

Ship of Fools

Natalie Pace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Natalie Pace

In a city where culture is rather nascent and there is no rich history of the arts, it's exciting to see parents educating their teens to appreciate the nuances of Verdi's masterpiece.

GREG FEDDERLY -- A Comprimario Tenor Extraordinaire

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Around five years ago, opera tenor Greg Fedderly made the decision to remove himself from the Romantic Lead category. Years of doing that thing which most romantic leading tenor roles are all about -- can make a guy think.

Oh, Henry! The Pearl Theatre Company's Henry IV, Part I

Bess Rowen | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts
Bess Rowen

The Pearl's production of Henry IV, Part I makes a lot of bold choices, a great number of which pay off. The fact that I have a strong reaction to some negative aspects of the show still tells me that this is a powerful production.

'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...

Shakespeare and the GOP's Comedy of Errors

Emily Sloan-Pace | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
Emily Sloan-Pace

As the next round of voting approaches, four characters (in every sense of the word) remain in the hunt for the nomination: Romney, Gingrich, Santorum and Paul. This has left me wondering how would these four very different competitors do in Shakespeare's world, and where would they feel most at home?

First Nighter: Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor About to Make Movie Screens Merry

David Finkle | Posted 08.27.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Falstaff is going global. Or you might say, Falstaff is going Globe-al. What's meant by that? Well, Shakespeare's Globe London Cinema Series begins tonight with 6:30 p. m. screenings in theaters across the country.

First Nighter: Robin Williams Broadway-Bows in Rajiv Joseph's Toothless Play

David Finkle | Posted 05.31.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Robin Williams has made his Broadway debut at last. This is a very good thing. The very bad thing is that he arrives in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a decidedly third-rate work

Brush up Your Shakespeare! (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Shakespeare's plays have been the stuff of inspiration for playwrights, composers, and film directors. Here are a few of the best and worst attempts to re-imagine the Bard.