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First Nighter: Fiona Shaw's Miraculous Testament of Mary William Christie's Marvelous David et Jonathas

David Finkle | Posted 06.23.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

What Nikos Kazantzakis did to de-sanctify Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ, Colm Toibin has done for the Madonna in The Testament of Mary -- with, predictably, the some outraged response from various Catholic Church officials.

Opera Sparkles At Brooklyn Academy Of Music

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 06.18.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — There is a moment in Andreas Homoki's staging of "David et Jonathas," where Jonathas sings of his world closing in around him. He is...

White Lights of the French Baroque: An Evening of Marc-Antoine Charpentier at Alice Tully Hall

Victoria Martino | Posted 01.06.2013 | Arts
Victoria Martino

The tone of the evening could best be characterized as lugubrious, focusing upon suffering, torture, and martyrdom. The only moments of relief came in the joyful, celebratory choruses of St. Cecilia's spiritual triumph over evil and the father's forgiveness of his prodigal son.