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On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 4: Comparing the Jewish Protests of Klinghoffer with the Gay Protests of Cruising and by ACT UP

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

In the case of Klinghoffer, as in the case of Cruising, the bottom lines for me are simple. I am concerned about some of the rhetoric and tactics of some gay radicals, but I am a lot more concerned about homophobia.

Being There With ISIS and Thomas L. Friedman

Jonathan S. Shapiro | Posted 10.14.2014 | Media
Jonathan S. Shapiro

In film director Hal Ashsby's classic Being There (1979), Peter Sellers plays Chance Gardner, an idiot man-child whose nonsensical comments are mistaken for profundity. Chance, as realized by Sellers, is a classic comic character. Thomas L. Friedman is not trying to be funny.

48 Hours With Delta Spirit and J.S Bach in NYC With Peter Sellars and the Berlin Phil

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.13.2014 | Arts
Frank Schaeffer

(Frank S hanging out back stage with the band Delta Spirit, and with my pals Jesse and Dan Russell.) I was tired, so fucking tired! The night b...

More War? The Persians at Getty Villa Gives Fair Warning

Rodney Punt | Posted 11.10.2014 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The oldest surviving play in western civilization, Aeschylus' The Persians, clocking in at just shy of 2,500 years, has been trotted out each recent decade as a cautionary tale against hubris whenever the USA goes to war.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 3: Beckmesser, Kissinger and the Klinghoffer Controversy

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.

Singing, Dancing, and a Little Bit of Forest Hopping

Edward Goldman | Posted 02.02.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

And how was your holiday, my friends? Usually, I would do anything to avoid being on the road at this time of year. Sure enough, my short trip to Po...

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.

Controversial Director Wins Prestigious Opera Award

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 06.30.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — Director Peter Sellars has won a special award along with four of the world's best singers. On Sunday, the prestigious Opera News Aw...

Honoring Ernest Fleischmann, Legendary Impresario

Barbara Isenberg | Posted 05.28.2011 | Los Angeles
Barbara Isenberg

With one music director after another, Fleischmann extended the orchestra's reach musically, financially and geographically.

REVIEW: Peter Sellars Takes Handel To Iraq With Lyric Opera's 'Hercules'

AP | By MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- A musical drama that deals with jealousy, despair, madness and death, Handel's "Hercules" was a resounding flop when first presented in 174...

Performance Spotlight: 'Nixon In China' At Metropolitan Opera

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHO: John Adams, composer/conductor; Peter Sellars, director; Kathleen Kim as Madame Mao; Janis Kelly as Pat Nixon; Robert Brubaker as Chairman Mao; J...

On The Imprisonment of Iranian Filmmakers: A Moral Option For Iran and Any Government Presuming to Silence Its Artists

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Vazquez

I've asked film curator Milos Stehlik, of Chicago's Facets.org to write a guest essay in the earnest service of furnishing a dually historical and mor...

Transgender Artists Help Make Transformative Art

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

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More Nostalgia!

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

Director Peter Sellars is a visionary, an enlightening educator, and a man of peace. And of course he can also be the court jester. He displayed all the above, and a good more besides, this evening.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Othello Ravaged: Audiences Leaving At Intermission

nypost.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

It's not just critics who hate Peter Sellars' production of "Othello" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman at NYU's Skirball Center. Audiences hate it too,...

What One Learns from Politicos Who Watch Movies...

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Steve Clemons

Lindsey Graham hosted a movie night a couple of years ago and his selection was Seven Days in May. Other hosts were Jane Harman and Susan Collins who picked Thelma and Louise.

Culture Zohn: Doctor Atomic: Opera Goes Nuclear

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Patricia Zohn

2008-10-15-zohnpull.jpg It is with a heavy heart that we leave the theater, knowing all too well its incendiary concerns are still very much with us.