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Carmen

All Women Have a Carmen Within

Amancay Tapia | Posted 05.20.2014 | Women
Amancay Tapia

Believe there is a "Carmen" lurking inside most of us and getting her out from time to time is particularly important in relationships, where we tend to see things with rose-colored glasses and ignore the red lights telling us to stop and change direction.

Mezzo-Soprano Sasha Cooke: Unmasked at SF Symphony's Masquerade Ball

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.23.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

I would run into people in my neighborhood, colleagues, singers who - when you mention Mary Magdalene - have a very strong reaction or an immediate idea.

PHOTO: Is This The Most Memorable Movie Outfit Ever?

Posted 11.09.2013 | Style

Few women could capture a screen like Dorothy Dandridge did. The late actress' presence was enough to keep men's jaws dropped... and women attentively...

The Singer's Addiction Act II: The Pain

Adria Firestone | Posted 09.01.2013 | Arts
Adria Firestone

Discover what it is in you that is calling out to be heard. Read books, watch movies, take walks and talk with those you love. Explore other aspects of yourself. Yes, a singer is an artist, but higher still, you are the creator of a far greater work -- your life.

Ray Manzarek: A Friend's Tribute

Lauren Cahn | Posted 08.24.2013 | Entertainment
Lauren Cahn

When I heard that Ray Manzarek had died, I immediately grabbed my iPod and clicked on The Doors' "Riders on the Storm." I listened as the sound of rain transformed into Manzarek's cascading keyboards.

Risë Stevens: A Brief Tribute

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 05.25.2013 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Until my late teens Risë Stevens was all I knew of opera. I am sure mom wore out the grooves listening to the overture, and the arias "Habañera" and "Séguidilla". I knew these, too, by osmosis.

Tenor Noah Stewart Debuts With Berkeley Symphony in World Premiere of New Work by Steven Stucky

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.19.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

"We're inundated with so many messages on TV and the radio. We need to go back to the simplicity of a voice and a piano in a space where you can feel the energy of your neighbors."

In Sydney, Opera Grabs the Bull by the Horns

Joyce Morgan | Posted 05.10.2013 | Arts
Joyce Morgan

Outdoor opera is artistically risky. Some say it compromises the art form and that amplifying the singers' voices destroys opera's unique element, the sound of the unadulterated human voice. As a means to draw new audiences, the gamble is paying off.

Philly Opera Gets A New Name

AP | JOANN LOVIGLIO | Posted 03.31.2013 | Arts

PHILADELPHIA — The Opera Company of Philadelphia is getting a new name that officials say is in better harmony with the organization's move towa...

'Einstein' At The Opera

AP | Posted 01.08.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Opera's 2013-14 season will include the company premiere of Philip Glass' "Einstein on the Beach" and a revival of Brit...

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.

The Met Opera Season Analysis, Part One: What to Expect From September to October

Opera Teen | Posted 11.18.2012 | Arts
Opera Teen

On September 24th, the Metropolitan Opera opens its doors with a production of L'Elisir d'Amore for a whole new season. You can't help but be excited!

Trouble in the Opera Corner of iTunes Land

Opera Teen | Posted 09.24.2012 | Home
Opera Teen

Hello opera fans. Now I don't normally do short little posts like this, but I would like to tell you all about something weird (and possibly funny) ab...

Highlights From the Dinner Party

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.21.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

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Another Visit to Oman

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.10.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is truly no Eastern art or Western art or Asian art, etc. There is only art. And great art has the power to move us because great artists speak to us no matter what the language.

My Part in Arts Education, Preservation, and Collaboration

Ashley Bouder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ashley Bouder

As artists and people dedicated to the arts, it is our responsibility to spearhead arts education -- and help integrate it into our education systems.

Finessing A Film's Art Direction

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Often, as I'm watching a movie, I'll start to notice how carefully the filmmaker has worked with a palette of colors to create a specific vision. Some...

Is Sharing a Good Thing After All?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is no doubt that sharing productions allows an opera company to show more new works than when every company builds each of its own productions. But is something lost in this endeavor? I think so.

Dudamel Opens a New View at Hollywood Bowl

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Donna Perlmutter

Of course it would take a dunderhead to ignore the magnetism our L.A. Philharmonic music director exudes and not let the hordes in on his irresistible way with the players and the music.

Off the C(H)uff: Gustavo Dudamel Connects

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

2010-08-03-outsidehair.jpg Dudamel says, "I think I can speak to people, about the beauty of the art and the music and the beautiful connection they need to have. The important thing for us as artists is to build bridges."

Feel the Heat This Winter With Operanation, Presented by the Canadian Opera Company

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marissa Bronfman

Feel the heat this winter and attend Habernation, where you'll be serenaded by a variety of sultry guests, including the vixen herself, Carmen!

'Opera Was My Secret Love': Interview with Roberto Alagna

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Christina Patterson

That Roberto Alagna gives, through the miracle of his voice, a great deal of happiness is not in doubt. Nor, I think, is the price of it.

Culture Zohn Off the C(H)uff With Christopher Wheeldon: Carmen Collaboration

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Patricia Zohn

2010-01-14-blueoutside.jpg When you're used to being the main course, it's hard to be the dessert. Yet Christopher Wheeldon manages to impart the sensuality for which Eyre was looking.

If This is Monday and Opera in Central Park, Why the Microphones?

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

My question, then, is: Whom are the presenters doing a favor by offering these recitals? Opera lovers will know they aren't hearing singing done under the proper conditions.

Please Let Spring Stay!

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

There is no doubt that the audience was gripped once they got over a few questions: "Is this Carmen? I recognize these tunes, but where's the chorus?"