April 24, 2008 |
In 1988, Mark Morris was invited to make his dance company a resident ensemble at the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie. As part of Brussels' opera company, he was told to think as big as he liked. He did, and that was, for him, a new opportunity. During his three years in Belgium, he also thought differently, which was not so new for him but produced newly outrageous results when combined with thinking big in Old World operatic Europe. In 1989, he made a version a Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas."
August 16, 2000 |
With such songs as "Thank You," which celebrates her lover's way of turning a rotten day good, Dido gives the impression of naturally looking on the bright side. Yet during her sold-out concert Monday at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, the English dance-pop artist altered that perception with hints at darker personality aspects.
November 4, 2000 |
Dido's debut album was already a slowly building success, and now the English singer-songwriter is getting a second wind thanks to Eminem, who sampled her "Thank You" on his song "Stan." Now Dido is appearing in the rapper's high-profile tour, and "No Angel" is rising again--especially in Southern California, where it has moved into the Top 10.
May 10, 1990
Dido Renoir, 83, widow of film director Jean Renoir who worked as his script girl on the classic "The Rules of the Game" before coming with him to the U.S. in 1941. In 1944 she became the second wife of the man who directed such visually realistic and artistically acclaimed pictures as "The Little Match Girl," "The River," "Swamp Water," "The Southerner" and many more. She was a native of Brazil who had come to Europe as an assistant to her film director uncle and met Renoir in the late 1930s.
November 25, 1996 |
Television can do two very good things for opera. It can document an exceptional evening in the theater, especially when a new work or a new concept for an old work is concerned. Or, and this is the more exciting alternative, it can use television creatively and produce opera made specifically for video. As Europeans know but Americans don't, video opera has become a lively hybrid all its own.
May 27, 2004 |
There is reason to celebrate when a mainstream pop album shows stylistic restraint. "Life for Rent," Dido's current collection of laid-back, electronica-informed pop, does that, evoking the charming roughness of a barely finished demo. It's also a bit bland, so it was a promising sign that the English singer was surrounded by a five-piece band at the Wiltern LG on Tuesday, ready to add some spice to the proceedings.