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Hofesh Shechter's 'Untouchable' at the Royal Ballet, Sandwiched by Sturdy Classics

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Tuesday night's performance of Four T's was not as uniformly bracing as generally seen across the pond, though Robert Clark on piano and the Royal Opera House orchestra under Barry Wordsworth gave a crisp account of the Hindemith score.

A Valedictory

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.12.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

A serious effort must be made to engage people in their 20s and 30s today, to make the case for the importance of our arts institutions, to make it fun and rewarding to participate as a donor.

Questions for the Future of the Arts

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.21.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Are we witnessing a major transition in the arts from regional organizations to fewer mega-organizations with the sophistication to mount large scale productions, to market them well and to raise large sums of money?

The Speed of the Turnaround

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.16.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

A successful turnaround requires a leader, a plan, an exciting roster of programs, an aggressive institutional marketing plan and a great deal of discipline. But there is something else a turnaround requires: speed.

Problems in England

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.17.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Does the Arts Council "reduce from the bottom," zeroing out grants to the smallest grantees (effectively putting them out of business), or does it make drastic cuts to the largest organizations, which presumably have the easiest time raising private funds?

What to Do if a Season Is Boring

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.10.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

It is the mark of the well managed institution that it addresses its problems head on, and refocuses the attention of its family members on the exciting programming to come. It is when we ignore our problems that our family members tend to drift away.

A Win-Win Scenario

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.28.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The current media agreement in force in the United States has severely limited the amount of orchestral music (and opera performances) on public television, radio and the Internet. Most orchestras cannot afford to do any broadcasting anymore.

Barre None: Music From Within The Kennedy Center

Sara Mearns | Posted 06.05.2013 | Arts
Sara Mearns

Welcome to Barre None, my new video blog exclusively on Huffington Post. I'm Sara Mearns and I hope to be your tour guide into the world of classical ...

Revisiting the Royal Opera House

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.22.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

It was, by far, the most challenging assignment of my life and I am proud of the remarkable work of the Board, staff and artists during that difficult period. They all worked hard under great pressure, convinced that the Royal Opera House was, and would continue to be, a great institution.

What a Difference 12 Years Can Make

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.20.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When I left the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in December 2000, fundraising was still considered something rather distasteful by many in England. Fast forward 12 years.

Gareth Pugh: Dance and Design

Trisha Andres | Posted 06.12.2012 | Arts
Trisha Andres

Photo by Bill Cooper. Courtesy of ROH. It was difficult to say no to the Royal Opera House's resident choreographer, Wayne McGregor, says Gareth Pug...

Ballet Costumes Can Be Scary

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

The world's hippest ballet had its premiere last week and the reviewers all stuck a single hand out and flipped it side to side in the universal gestu...

Ballet Costumes Can Be Scary

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 04.11.2012 | Home

The world's hippest ballet had its premiere last week and the reviewers all stuck a single hand out and flipped it side to side in the universal gestu...

WATCH: Oil Giant BP In Sticky Situation With Art World

Posted 12.19.2011 | Arts

BP, the oil mega power infamously known for the disastrous spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, is continuing their controversial funding of several B...

My Trip to England: The Power of Boards

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.27.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As England, and much of the rest of the world, attempts to build more private support for the arts, it will be essential that board members open their hearts and their rolodexes and come to feel a vital part of fundraising endeavors.

My Trip to England: The Ministry of Culture

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.20.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

The importance of cultural tourism in England is astonishing, the level of theater, opera, symphony and dance performance is extraordinary, the museums are crowded and the export of arts of all kinds is thriving.

My Trip to England

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.13.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When I was running the Royal Opera House, private fundraising was considered distasteful, at best. Now the English reticence to talk about money, let alone ask for it, is beginning to evaporate.

WATCH: Anna Nicole Smith Opera To Premiere At London's Royal Opera House

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

The day you knew would someday come is nearly upon us - the opera based on Anna Nicole Smith's life is set to premiere at London's Royal Opera House o...

WATCH: BAFTA Nominations For Orange Rising Star Award | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

null The British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards (BAFTA) are approaching fast so met up with top film critic Mark Kermode to d...

Sing To Me: Opera In Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, And London

Nicole Campoy-Leffler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Nicole Campoy-Leffler

IL POSTINO WHO: LA Opera WHAT:Il Postino, music by Daniel Catan WHEN: September 23 - October 16, 2010 WHERE: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 135 North Gran...

Do We Still Have a 'Civil' Society?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kaiser

It is time for those of us who care about intelligent discourse, who refuse to see our country devolve into a scene from Lord of the Flies, to fight back and assert our majority view.