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From the Score to the Stage: Opera Behind the Scenes

Rodney Punt | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
Rodney Punt

In this large, richly illustrated book (pictured above), written in lucid and accessible prose, Baker, a former dramaturge and stage director himself, lifts the veil from behind the scenes of opera.

10 Ways To Celebrate Wagner's Birthday

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 05.21.2013 | Arts

-- The 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth is May 22, and the world's opera houses and symphony halls are filled with his music this year alo...

Stage Malfunctions Make A Mess At The Met

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 06.08.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — It's not just the golden ring that carries a curse. The Metropolitan Opera's production of Wagner's epic seems to as well. On Saturd...

Jaywalking in L.A. -- Horses, Oscars, Chinese Dumplings and Google Maps!

Jay Weston | Posted 03.01.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

It's easy to criticize. I do it all the time. But I decided not to blog here on Huffington my feelings about the recent Oscars show -- but I must comment that any show that opens with an offensive song entitled "We Saw Your Boobs" has a real problem.

On Election Day, the Voice of the People Will Speak as the Oracle of Democracy

Pythia Peay | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics
Pythia Peay

We are dependent on the voice of the people as a whole for the outcome, and this voice speaks for a spirit that guides our collective destiny.

Baritone Quits Wagner Fest Because Of Nazi Tattoos

AP | Posted 09.21.2012 | Home

BERLIN — The Bayreuth opera festival says bass-baritone Samuel Youn has stepped in to take the lead role in "The Flying Dutchman," the annual ev...

The 'Ring' Cycle Ends, Disappoints

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 03.29.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — Sometimes less is more, and sometimes it's just ... less. That was the mixed verdict as Robert Lepage brought his high-tech producti...

The Ring Cycle Is Coming

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 03.11.2012 | Home

WASHINGTON — Washington National Opera, which recently merged with the Kennedy Center after struggling financially for years, announced an ambit...

Melancholia on Zoloft or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Appreciate Lars von Trier

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 02.06.2012 | Entertainment
Melody Breyer-Grell

Since taking Zoloft (can I say that?), my perceptions of existence have altered somewhat from seeing things in black and white to shades of gray: "Hey, this guy might be onto something."

New Archive Gives Insight Into Hitler's Taste In Art

ARTINFO | Posted 01.29.2012 | Arts
ARTINFO

Richard Wagner was his favorite composer and Arno Breker his official house sculptor -- but Adolf Hitler's taste in art was surprisingly broad -- and gaudy -- judging by a vast archive of some 11,000 Nazi-era exhibition installation photos now published online for the first time.

Astoria Characters: The Svelte Soprano

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.18.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Even when she's not on stage, Jenny, a Valkyrie whose waves of golden ringlets cascade down her shoulders, has quite a stage presence. Runway-model slim, she stands nearly six feet tall in her flat gold sandals.

Gold in San Francisco

Howard Kissel | Posted 08.23.2011 | Arts
Howard Kissel

I am not an ardent Wagnerite. Nor am I a fan of Francsca Zambella, who has directed a Ring Cycle for the San Francisco Opera. But how often do you find yourself in a place where they're doing "Rheingold"?

'Tis a Pity She's No Longer a Whore -- Times Square Cultural Armageddon

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

And they said things were bad in the 70's. The dirt, the porno shops, the Disco. All that is now a fond memory for many New Yorkers who gamely braved that bit of Hades to attend a real Broadway musical.

A Touch of Irony in LA Opera's Final "Ring" Entry

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Donna Perlmutter

When Achim Freyer and the Los Angeles Opera unveiled their final Ring entry, Götterdämmerung, there was more than a hint of Wagner's capacity for irony.

Inside LA Opera's $32-Million Ring Cycle Gamble

latimes.com | Mike Boehm >>> | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

In Richard Wagner's "The Ring of the Nibelung," a pile of sacred gold and a ring that's fashioned from it are said to confer "measureless might." Howe...

Domingo Discloses Season in Spite of LA Opera's Congestive Heart Failure

Carol Jean Delmar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Carol Jean Delmar

Although music critics never cease to be amazed at the longevity of Placido Domingo's vocal apparatus, they are now critical of his management of LA Opera and Washington National Opera, which are both in financial disarray.

Review: Watchmen (2009)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The production is handsome, the acting is exceptional, and the special effects are mostly effective. But, at the end of the day, Watchmen is not an exciting story.

'Katrina' Pastor Promotion Rescinded By Pope

AP | ALESSANDRA RIZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Monday formally rescinded the promotion of an ultraconservative priest who came under fire for suggesting th...

Watchmen: Who's Watching The Watchmen?

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Based on one of the most collected and memorable comic book runs in history, the movie Watchmen tries to be all things cosmic and ambiguously moral to all of us.