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Hector Berlioz

Not Since Nineveh

George Heymont | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

The closing night attraction of the 2015 San Francisco Silent Film Festival was a screening of 1925's Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ starring Ramon Navarro as Judah Ben-Hur.

An Audience With Susan Graham - Queen of Carthage in 'Les Troyens' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.10.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

This year marks her 25th Anniversary with the company. Susan is back and currently starring as "Didon" in Hector Berlioz's 1858 epic masterpiece, Les Troyens which opened this past Sunday afternoon and will play an additional five performances through July 1.

Terry Gilliam Heads To The Opera

AP | Posted 07.01.2013 | Arts

LONDON — The English National Opera's 2013-14 season will include a world premiere of Oedipus-inspired opera "Thebans" and the return of Monty P...

Revisiting the Classics

George Heymont | Posted 06.16.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival recently offered audiences a chance to wonder just how well they knew two classic tales which, over the years, have acquired so many cultural imprints and branding opportunities that people assume they know these stories upside down and inside out.

While We're Banning Oversized Sodas, How About Banning Mindlessly-Programmed Background Music?

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.11.2013 | New York
Albert Imperato

A few days later I noticed that the music had been turned up in volume, but this time it was playing a Mozart Flute Concerto. As I put on my running shorts, I thought that donning a pair of 18th-century breeches and a ruffled shirt would be more appropriate.

Troy Falls And Rome Rises, Like Butter

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 08.26.2012 | Home

LONDON — Other than Wagner's "Ring" cycle, few 19th century operas can compare with Hector Berlioz's "Les Troyens" ("The Trojans") for beauty an...

The Music That Roots 'Tree Of Life' | Posted 09.04.2011 | Arts

In an early scene in "The Tree of Life," the new movie by Terrence Malick, an authoritarian patriarch played by Brad Pitt disrupts a family dinner to ...

A Glowing Romeo et Juliette -- Charles Dutoit with the LA Philharmonic in Berlioz

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

When Richard Wagner, a brash young composer of then little distinction, attended one of the first performances of Hector Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette symphony in the Paris of 1839, he was knocked off his feet.

Selling Your Soul to the Devil for Fun and Profit

Stephen Mo Hanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephen Mo Hanan

Recently in New York I went to a preview performance of a rarely staged piece of music theater called "The Damnation of Faust," by Hector Berlioz. In ...