November 5, 1997 |
OPERA And Then There Was One?: British Culture Secretary Chris Smith has proposed that the English National Opera's London Coliseum theater be shut down and the famed Royal Opera House be given a more populist name--Covent Garden. The plan--backed by Britain's ruling Labor Party--would leave the British capital with only one opera house (Paris, by comparison, has five), with the National Opera sharing the renamed facility with the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1997 |
The art of the deal . . . The plastic surgeon to the stars . . . A new $10-million man ARTFUL DEALINGS: The two paintings--one a Rembrandt--had long been thought lost or destroyed by the Nazis. But when the masterworks mysteriously surfaced for sale in late 1994, art expert Ernest J. T. Martin says he gladly answered the call to authenticate and help sell them. Now Martin, who specializes in finding lost, missing or stolen art, has filed a lawsuit seeking $57.