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First Nighter: DiDonato, Brownlee Lift Heavy 'La Donna del Lago' at the Met
Writer, Drama Critic
Since opera is first and foremost about the music -- and that certainly applies to Gioachino Rossini as much as or more than many composers -- it frequently means that the quality of any given production is secondary. Sometimes, however, that doesn't obtain.
Damsels in Distress
San Francisco-based arts critic
Much of the dramatic conflict in two recent Bay area productions was caused by the fallout from an arranged marriage that seemed destined to please a lot of people. Unfortunately, the bride was not one of them.
What's New with Novels?
Associate Professor of English, Oregon State University
From its start in the early 18th century, the novel as a genre has always resisted easy definition. Samuel Johnson, literary critic and author of the first comprehensive English dictionary, defined the novel in 1755 as "a small tale, generally of love."
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