January 28, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- Recently in Fargo, N.D., moviegoers had a choice among "Aliens vs. Predator," "The Great Debaters" -- and "Macbeth," live from New York's Metropolitan Opera. Murder, mayhem, romance -- the plot elements of Verdi's opera were packing 'em in at about 600 theaters across North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. It's all part of a marketing strategy by the Met's general manager, Peter Gelb, to attract a new, younger audience.
October 29, 2005 |
For the first time since it was formed 50 years ago, the Washington National Opera will open a new production of George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" on Saturday, celebrating the 70th anniversary of one of the most successful American works. A Sunday matinee of the show at the Kennedy Center on Nov. 6 will be open to the public on an 18-by-32-foot screen on the National Mall near the Capitol.
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May 21, 2009 |
Nicholas Maw, a British composer who bucked the fads of modern classical music to return to more traditional melody and who brought William Styron's wrenching novel "Sophie's Choice" to the opera stage, has died. He was 73. Maw died Tuesday at his home in Takoma Park, Md., of complications from dementia and diabetes.
July 11, 2008 |
JOEL FLATOW'S life is all about connections. Over the past decade, he's used his political links and savvy to help the recording industry wage its fight against piracy. Now he's using the musical ones to help politicians and nonprofit organizations raise the funds for their causes. In the process, he's become the go-to guy for the events that promise to make both this summer's national political conventions memorable occasions: Want an A-list singer for your Democratic National Committee party?
June 5, 2008 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- It's "Ring" time in the West. Tuesday night, San Francisco Opera opened its summer season with Wagner's "Das Rheingold," the relatively brief (2 1/2 -hour) prologue in his four-opera cycle. The new production proved but a peek into Francesca Zambello's fascinating concept of Wagner's damaged gods, dumb-cluck giants, malicious dwarfs and clueless mortals as Americans headed down the wrong side of history. The full cycle will be on display in San Francisco in summer 2011.
December 4, 2000 |
The capital paid homage this weekend to five artistic legends from around the world, Latvia to California, whose contributions have earned them the highest such honor the nation bestows. Opera star Placido Domingo, who is also artistic director of the Los Angeles Opera, and actor-director Clint Eastwood, who grew up in Depression-era California and studied at Los Angeles City College, were among the recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors.
March 14, 2007 |
Edgar Baitzel, who died Sunday of cancer, was the chief operating officer of Los Angeles Opera. Placido Domingo is the Eli and Edythe Broad general director. The titles reveal a lot. Domingo is L.A. Opera's public face, a celebrity able to woo other celebrities and major donors to the cause of the company. But Baitzel was L.A. Opera. If he had a reputation for being known as Placido's man on the Coast, Baitzel didn't seem to mind.
September 14, 2012
Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" has a problem, and it has nothing to do with new judges Britney Spears or Demi Lovato. It's those ratings. The singing show on Fox premiered its second season on Wednesday to shockingly low numbers compared with last year - which was itself considered a ratings disappointment. The two-hour extravaganza averaged 8.5 million viewers, swooning 32% compared with last fall's series premiere. And that's not all. In head-to-head competition during the 8 p.m. hour, Fox lost - in both total viewers and the key 18-to-49 demographic - to NBC's rival singing contest "The Voice" (10.7 million)
May 7, 2007 |
PORGY in Los Angeles Opera's new production of Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," which opened with two different casts Friday and Saturday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, is not a paraplegic in a goat cart, as the libretto stipulates and tradition expects. Francesca Zambello, the director, has updated the action slightly from the early 20th century to the '40s. Catfish Row is still a depressed Charleston, S.C., cannery. African Americans are no less oppressed. But Porgy walks.