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Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say

Tony_Diaz | Posted 07.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Gaspir Mir III, Dr. Dorthy Caram, Alex Lopez Negrete, Gracie Saenz, Esq, Edward James Olmos, Dr. Tatcho Mindiola, and Tony Diaz kicking off the 2004 ...

Poetry After Auschwitz: Weinberg's the Passenger

Mena Mark Hanna | Posted 03.31.2014 | Arts
Mena Mark Hanna

In eight words, the German Jewish philosopher summed up the monumental challenge art has faced after the horrors of the Holocaust: How can art retain its redemptive and curative powers after such methodical human extermination?

Verdi's Egypt

Mena Mark Hanna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Mena Mark Hanna

Today, Egypt is troubled. As my country becomes more politically polarized, sectarian violence continues to rock its society.

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.

Opera for the New World

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Opera is in effect sung theater. Opera, like theater, can be thought-provoking, historical, educational and a reflection of our society. Historically ...

Christof Loy's Tristan and Isolde

Mena Mark Hanna | Posted 06.26.2013 | Arts
Mena Mark Hanna

Experiencing the music of Richard Wagner can be excruciating, something even the composer himself admitted. While finishing Tristan and Isolde, Wagner predicted that the final act is "bound to drive people mad."

A Most Magical New Flute

George Heymont | Posted 08.15.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

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Nixon Gets a Facelift

George Heymont | Posted 09.17.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Although I attended the 1987 world premiere of Nixon in China (and saw subsequent performances in 1988 and 1990), last month marked the first time I had seen Nixon in China in 22 years. A lot has happened in the interim.

The Uncut Version Of 'Don Carlos'

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 04.23.2012 | Home

HOUSTON -- One of the grandest of grand operas, Verdi's "Don Carlos" is rarely performed with every note of music the composer wrote for its 1867 prem...

Music, Exile and Trauma

Mena Mark Hanna | Posted 06.11.2012 | Home
Mena Mark Hanna

During the performance, I detected shifts of uneasiness and stifled sobs emanating from an audience largely comprised of Persian émigrés; the premiere was met with an irrepressible standing ovation.

Musical New Year's Wish

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 02.28.2012 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

There is one opera I want to see in 2012:Willie Stark by Carlisle Floyd. Opera companies are missing the boat if they do not produce it this year.

Like "Hava Nagila"

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 10.31.2011 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

I have been known to cut a rug to "Hava Nagila" at the right moment, but was this really what I needed to hear while waiting for a breast exam? I found it hard to sit still and focus on the task at hand so I found myself pacing. I had to step back and ask myself, why?

The Powerful Appeal of Opera To Ethnic Communities (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In 1964, when a new musical based on the tales of Sholem Aleichem began its pre-Broadway tryout in Detroit, the producers feared the show might be "to...

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.