May 22, 2012 |
Reacting to a mini-firestorm that erupted today with the news that the Metropolitan Opera would no longer allow Opera News to review its performances , the company reversed its decision early this afternoon. "From their postings on the internet , it is abundantly clear that opera fans would miss reading reviews about the Met in Opera News," the Met wrote in a statement. "Ultimately, the Met is here to serve the opera-loving public and has changed its decision because of the passionate response of the fans.
January 30, 2011 |
Watching Peter Sellars rehearse is to observe a man possessed. Last week at the Metropolitan Opera House, L.A.'s reknowned theater director was fine-tuning "Nixon in China," which opens Wednesday. The new production of the John Adams opera, about the pre-Watergate president's historic meeting with Chairman Mao Zedong in 1972, will mark, at long last, Sellars' debut at the Met. It will be broadcast live in movie theaters worldwide Feb. 12. Working on a scene in which Premier Chou en-Lai greets the Nixons in the Great Hall of the People, an ornate banquet room, Sellars raced across the stage like Puck, wearing a polyester shirt left over from "Starsky & Hutch.
July 26, 2012 |
Los Angeles TimesFilm Critic Once upon a time, Richard Wagner dreamed a mighty dream. The composer envisioned a series of four operas so ambitious they dealt with nothing less than the creation and destruction of the world. And he dreamed of doing things - like having singers swimming underwater and riding through the clouds on winged horses - that were frankly impossible to stage. That did not, however, stop people from trying, both then and now. "Wagner's Dream,"an engaging new documentary directed by Susan Froemke, details the most recent attempt to put on a new version of the 19th century Ring cycle, considered, one insider says, "the peak of the mountain" for any opera company.
October 15, 2006 |
HOW'S this for coming strong out of the gate -- the Metropolitan Opera season had not yet officially begun, the gala opening night still days off, and yet the guy in the suit, who doesn't sing a note, was getting an ovation, cheers, "Bravos!" from a packed house, all 3,800 seats filled. And it wasn't only veteran opera-goers who had scooped up those free tickets for the final dress rehearsal of "Madama Butterfly."
June 6, 1999 |
Director Francois Girard has a favorite scene in his new film, "The Red Violin." He calls it the Octopus, though few casual moviegoers could ever figure out why. On screen, a fictional 19th century English violinist named Frederick Pope is seducing his audience with a flamboyant flourish worthy of Paganini. Just outside range of the camera, however, the scene looked much different. Actor Jason Flemyng had the violin tucked under his chin, but his arms were extended at his sides.
July 15, 1993 |
Sony Buying Music TV and Film Unit: Cami Video, a division of Columbia Artists Management Inc., will be acquired by Sony Music Entertainment for an undisclosed price. Cami Video, which produces music television programs, will operate as part of Sony Crescendo, a new unit formed to expand Sony's classical music businesses. Peter Gelb was named Sony Crescendo president.