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Masterpiece Musical Theatre

George Heymont | Posted 03.06.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Two well-established musical masterpieces returned to Bay area stages last fall in exceptional productions which proved, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the strength and vitality of each work's score and libretto. The fact that they were so beautifully performed only added to the audience's sense of artistic fulfillment.

First Nighter: The Met's New 'Wozzeck' with Matthias Goerne Confidently Stepping In

David Finkle | Posted 05.07.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The first performance of the new Wozzeck production at the Metropolitan Opera House turned into one of those show-must-go-on episodes that turn up not...

Understanding Tragic Loss

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Albert Imperato

By an eerie coincidence, the two works of art that I experienced before the tragic shootings in Arizona were Gustav Mahler and the movie Rabbit Hole.

Gustav Mahler's Life-Changing Music

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

You'll be hearing a lot about Mahler in the coming weeks and months. July 7, 2010 marks the 150th anniversary of his birth in Kaliste, a small town in Bohemia -- now in the Czech Republic.

The Ice Storm, One Year Later

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

It was almost exactly a year ago that Mother Nature gave us a very different gift: the worst ice storm that this area of the Hudson Valley had seen in the past quarter century.