Ooh-la-la! As John Oliver mentioned in response to the recent attacks on France's capital, Paris will endure - largely due to its rich culture and pas...
Famed opera singer Renee Fleming joined me on my most recent podcast of The Dinner Party on WGN Radio's WGN Plus. In a funny, natural and easy-going ...
Today we learned of the death of Dick Horowitz at the age of 91. You perhaps never heard of him. If you went to the Metropolitan Opera or listened to its broadcasts any time from 1946 until two years ago, you definitely heard Dick Horowitz.
Opera thrives on femmes fatales, and there are none in all the repertory quite as fatale as Lulu, the titular siren of Alban Berg's unfinished final work which the Metropolitan Opera has returned to the stage in a dazzling new production by William Kentridge.
Lulu, it seems, is everywhere. Frank Wedekind's legendary femme fatale, who's beguiling behavior inspired nearly as many artists as Helen of Troy's beauty launched ships, can be found all over New York City.
The result is a live performance that defines itself as it goes, taking the raw talent of the performers and the energy of the audience to mold the backbone. The freedom and fluidity that ensues is contagious.
Over the years, actresses from Eva Gabor to Judy Davis have played Lulu on stage and in film, while many others have sung the role in opera. Here is a shortlist of six great, memorable Lulus. Each has shaped the way we see the character today.
If we want to continue to be employed, and continue to create the art that makes society a better place, we must take part in raising awareness about the impact opera can have on a community, a country and a society.
The arts can help recruit talent, advance corporate objectives, develop a wider consumer-base, engage employees, and build stronger communities by contributing to the economy and quality of life.
Los Angeles is a city full of characters, and Phillip King is no exception. A tall man who exudes positivity in his seemingly permanent ear-to-ear smile, Phillip has been bringing his distinct style to different corners of the city for the past few years, becoming something of a fixture for locals.
Like many singers, Kimberly Hawkins started singing at a young age. "I started singing in school choirs in junior high, around age 12." the Chicago-born, Aurora Illinois-raised singer states. "I did musicals in junior high, high school and beyond."
Few operas can be as emotionally rousing as Il Trovatore, and with the stellar cast the Metropolitan Opera has put together for this season's revival ...
AS ONE's music is beautiful and accessible. The story is compelling, and is not just meant for an LGBT audience; if you have ever felt yourself to be an outsider, this piece will resonate with you.
There will be a free live simulcast of the final performance of Los Angeles Opera's Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci on the Santa Monica Beach pier on October 3, 2015. Gianni Schicchi is a delightful short romp starring Placido Domingo.
The glitter belonged strictly to New York's glitterati last night as the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a stark and simple yet often powerf...
The frequent misconception that opera is only ancient definitely exists, because on more than one occasion I've had a stranger who struck up a conversation with me comment," wait -- you're singing a NEW opera? They still write operas?"