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I Like My (Operatic) Meat Well Done

George Heymont | Posted 03.17.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

If one searched for the polymaths who made the greatest contributions to opera during the second half of the 20th century, two names would instantly come to mind.

A Profile of Soprano Tony Arnold -- Guest Artist at Santa Fe Chamber Festival 2014

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Soprano Tony Arnold is a luminary in the world of Chamber Music and Art Song. Today's classical composers are inspired by her inherently beautiful voice, consummate musicianship, and embracing spirit.

A Conversation With Pianist Stewart Goodyear

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Sean Martinfield

Stewart and I found some interesting common ground in our childhood experiences of Tchaikovsky and Grieg -- films and recordings that would ignite a passion for classical music and for these composers specifically.

From the Score to the Stage: Opera Behind the Scenes

Rodney Punt | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
Rodney Punt

In this large, richly illustrated book (pictured above), written in lucid and accessible prose, Baker, a former dramaturge and stage director himself, lifts the veil from behind the scenes of opera.

Take Them to Tosca!

Justin Moss | Posted 05.12.2014 | Miami
Justin Moss

All of us have a desire to share things we love with people we care about. If our friends end up liking it too, we've managed to introduce them to som...

Live From the Sundance Film Festival: Tuesday, Jan. 21

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.24.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I had my mind blown by a movie Tuesday, in the middle of another five-movie day at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. And it was blown in 3D.

Journeys: The Father, the Son, & the Power of Music

Jason Walter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Jason Walter

What more can I say? I am in fact the HOT Marketing Director and quite possibly the only HOT Marketing Director in this world! Putting the silliness of acronyms away, Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT) is where my journey has taken me and it has been nothing short of a ride over the last few months.

Madame Butterfly at LA Opera: Toned Down and Tuned Up

Rodney Punt | Posted 02.04.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Though Puccini's Madame Butterfly is the most performed and popular work in LA Opera's 27-year history, it is never guaranteed a sure-fire production.

Melody Moore Steps Into Tosca Opening Night at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.27.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Opera fans love real-time drama -- a favorite episode being The Last-Minute Replacement. Following the first intermission, it was announced that Ms. Gheorghiu had been rushed off to the hospital and would be replaced by Melody Moore. Following the murmurs and gasps, the audience applauded.

Must It Always Be a Man's World?

George Heymont | Posted 01.25.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

If the past six months proved anything about the battle between the sexes, it was that many men have absolutely no idea how women think or feel. And although show business is often cited as an indicator of cultural progress, sometimes it sends mixed messages.

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.

OCP Unveils Masterpieces in Boheme

Lew Whittington | Posted 12.03.2012 | Arts
Lew Whittington

La Boheme literally can rely on its arias to be a success, but what is distinctive here is the detailing in the dialogue lyricism, kept vibrant through a cast of strong singer-actors.

The Dicapo Opera Theatre and "The Miracle of E. 76th Street"

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 10.28.2012 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

The score and dramatics of Loesser's unforgettable melodic musical dramedy were showcased with care, soaring excitement and more than a touch of humor. I hope he brings it back for another look.

Obama and Merkel's Failed Duet: The G20 Summit and "Vincero!"

Lennard Davis | Posted 08.19.2012 | World
Lennard Davis

As the unsuccessful G20 meeting came to an end, the Mexican hosts played the music "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's Turandot. One can only wonder about ...

Astoria Characters: The Svelte Soprano

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.18.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Even when she's not on stage, Jenny, a Valkyrie whose waves of golden ringlets cascade down her shoulders, has quite a stage presence. Runway-model slim, she stands nearly six feet tall in her flat gold sandals.

Look Of The Day: Vittoria Puccini In Versace

The Huffington Post | Sarah St. Lifer | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

WHO: The Master of Ceremonies of this year’s Venice Film Festival, Vittoria Puccini. WHAT: Puccini was a vision in a white, Versace gown fully embr...

Malkovich's Operatic Swagger: Mozart At Versailles And More

Laurence Vittes | Posted 08.13.2011 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

New York Knights aka Beethovenhead? Saturday, June 18, 7 pm Trinity Church, Southport Summer Music Festival When Trinity Church's choirs and soloists...

Two Operas You'll Never See Performed at the Met!

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether deploying a chorus line of Ku Klux Klansmen, mocking every symbol of Christianity, or filling the theatre with nonstop profanity, Jerry Springer:The Opera has something to offend everyone.

'Tis a Pity She's No Longer a Whore -- Times Square Cultural Armageddon

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

And they said things were bad in the 70's. The dirt, the porno shops, the Disco. All that is now a fond memory for many New Yorkers who gamely braved that bit of Hades to attend a real Broadway musical.

Madame Butterfly: A Journey

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Robert Weller

Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly emerged slowly from her cocoon to become one of the world's most beloved operas.

Madame Butterfly Takes Wing in Santa Fe

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The plot could not be simpler: American naval officer jilts Japanese wife who later commits suicide. But Puccini's Madame Butterfly was not at all easy to compose, nor initially to stage.

Stage Door: Venus In Fur, Tosca E Le Altre Due

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

The new show at the CSC is a smart, provocative, clever adaptation of a 19th-century erotic tale of power and submission. It deserves an extended run and a wider audience.

The Lords of The Fly

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The production contained some pre-requisites for the medium -- a tragic storyline that centered around love, sex and three principles, making it a theoretical candidate for an operatic treatment.

Culture Zohn: Be Afraid, Be Very, Very Afraid!

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Patricia Zohn

2008-09-05-20080905BrundleVeronica3_pull.jpg David Cronenberg and Oscar-winning composer Howard Shore have gotten together to reconceive The Fly for the LA Opera.