Alicia Alonso, who overcame near-blindness to become a charismatic ballerina of unusual range and power, and who helped found what became, with Fidel Castro’s support, the National Ballet of Cuba, died
The pair of operatic masterpieces that capped Verdi’s career almost didn’t happen. His “Aida” had its premiere in December 1871, and the great composer, then just 58, wondered what to do next. One thing
Versatility, attack, imagination, authority: These virtues stamped performances by the British dance artist Julia Farron over a remarkably enduring career, beginning in the 1930s when she was a teenager.
Natalia Osipova was standing in a queue at Moscow airport recently, waiting for her flight back to London, when she overheard a woman mention her name. “She was talking about the show,” says Osipova, had
Pity the opera directors who decide to stage Wagner’s “Ring” — for in doing so they have to figure out what to do with “Siegfried.” The third installment of Wagner’s epic, which returned to the Metropolitan