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At Home at the Met

Alice Carey | Posted 12.17.2014 | Arts
Alice Carey

Along came Macbeth, an opera I'd never seen, and I had to go. As I settled into my seat, everything seemed comfortably the same. But as the house lights dimmed and the crystal chandeliers rose upward, my heart rose with them.

Norma at San Francisco Opera

Renate Stendhal, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Entertainment
Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.

Call me Norma. I am a Druidic priestess and I have a tool shed. My toolshed is in the Druidic barn (did we have barns back in ancient Gaul? never mind) and that's where I keep the kids I bore Pollione, our Roman enemy.

A Conversation with Mario Frangoulis: International Tenor Debuts in San Francisco, April 4th

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.01.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

This year tenor Mario Frangoulis observes his twenty-fifth anniversary as a concert and recording artist and performer in musical theatre.

Daily Meditation: Ave Maria

Posted 03.22.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Dog Ears Music: Born in December

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music by Elliott Carter, Big Mama Thornton, Maria Callas, Joan Armatrading, and more.

Maria Callas, My Diva!

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 02.03.2014 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

To my childhood ears, her voice was deafeningly penetrating, almost like a howling, but to the public it was simply magic.

Greece: Absolutely Absent... and Then Wondering Why

Maria Paravantes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Maria Paravantes

My fellow Greeks appear aghast (myself included) when upon searching for Greek products or miscellaneous historical facts, we com

First Nighter: Dee Dee Bridgewater Is Billie Holiday in Lady Day; Clint Holmes Is Himself in Stop This Train

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Sometime in the winter of 1958, I had the chance to hear Billie Holiday on her closing night at Boston's venerated Storyville. For reasons I can't recall, I chose not to go. She died less than a year later, at 44, and that was that for me and Billie Holiday live.

Theater Review: A Masterful Master Class

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

Maria Callas was a complex character, bootstrapping her way up from poverty to international stardom, largely through grit and the force of her personality. Her onstage magnetism and passionate approach to acting brought fresh life to the opera scene.

Angela Meade Riffs on Her Dazzling New Role as She Debuts Norma at Washington National Opera

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Angela Meade ruled the stage as Norma last Saturday in an alluring new production at Washington National Opera, and judging from the ovation after her first aria and the "bravas" at the finale, this singer will now add another glittering success to her list of plaudits.

The Lost Generation in the Audience

Phil Chan | Posted 03.08.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

It is our responsibility in the field to continue to push the artform to exciting new levels, and to also offer educational opportunities to the next generation.

Opera Diva's Revival 35 Years After Her Death

Posted 03.17.2012 | Home

Maria Callas, one of the most gifted opera soprano singers of the past century, is making a reappearance at Lincoln Center this weekend, reports Capit...

The Soft Core Within The Iron Lady

George Heymont | Posted 03.24.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

It's been fascinating to see how critics have reacted to The Iron Lady, a new film inspired by Margaret Thatcher that has been directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Meryl Streep stars as the former British Prime Minister in a script written by Abi Morgan.

Saving A Lost Maria Callas Opera

www.smh.com.au | Posted 02.01.2012 | Home

It's a story which involves the late international diva Maria Callas, the rediscovery of a ''lost'' masterpiece by a female Australian composer, and a...

Dog Ears Music: Born in December Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 02.01.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

Today we review music by Frank Sinatra, Keith Richards, Christina Aguilera, Harry Chapin, Annie Lennox and others.

Anna Calvi, Live in NYC (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 10.04.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

2011-08-04-grab.jpgHere's Anna Calvi performing at Le Poisson Rouge, which was once the legendary jazz venue the Village Gate.

Master Class

Howard Kissel | Posted 09.27.2011 | Arts
Howard Kissel

Master Class is based, very roughly, on a series of master classes Maria Callas gave at Juilliard in the early '70s. McNally uses the device of Callas teaching young singers to delve into her understanding of her art.

To Preserve and Protect

George Heymont | Posted 06.18.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Many professional musicians who give of their time to conduct master classes for young opera singers have a vested interest in passing on the knowledge they have acquired in the course of their own performing careers.

Dancing Backward in High Heels: Conversations with New York Dolls' David Johansen (Plus: Chatting with Ancient Astronauts)

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The New York Dolls' David Johansen discusses the making of their new album, Dancing Backward In High Heels.

Positively Influencing the World: Arianna and HuffPost Hit A High Note

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mitchell J. Rabin

Well, hats off to Arianna Huffington! Sometimes the world gets lucky and along comes someone who is willing to put her mouth and money where her hear...

Charles Nolan's Funeral: 'I Want People To Be A Little Shattered'

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jesse Kornbluth

I rolled off the plane, clicked the New York Times and there, on the main screen, was Charles Nolan --- dead. How could this be? I knew Charles had be...

Transgender Artists Help Make Transformative Art

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

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Dog Ears Music: Born in December Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week, we feature music by Christina Aguilera, Tom Waits, Jim Morrison, Spike Jones, and more.

Tenor Nick Phan Speaks Out

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

I frequently visit the blog of tenor Nick Phan, a friend who happens to be an exceptional and quite eloquent singer.

La Stupenda, Dame Joan Sutherland, Dies

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Robert Weller

Considered by many to be the coloratura soprano of the past century, Dame Joan Sutherland has died. Australian media said the Sydney-born bel canto diva died at age 83 in Switzerland.