Opera

Pinciano Is Away From Rome’s City Center—With Beautiful Park Views to Boot

The area is popular with families, locals and expats<p>Located just north of Rome’s historic center and off the main tourist trail, Pinciano is a magnet …

Rome

I'm a Greggs pastry, get me out of here!

In a week that Jesus was replaced by a sausage roll, Boris Johnson’s dad escapes to the jungle<p><b>Monday</b><p>It’s not just MPs who have found their names on unwanted lists. My name appears to have been handed over to a marketing campaign that is doing nothing for my general sense of wellbeing - something …

Boris Johnson

BWW Review: Julie Taymor Directs Revised Version of David Henry Hwang's Tony Winner M. BUTTERFLY

When David Henry Hwang's 1988 Best Play Tony-winner M. Butterfly, inspired by the romance between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Peking opera …

The Arts

Get your favourite Don Giovanni dishes at Per Tutti this Christmas

If you can’t get a table at Manchester’s original, award-winning Italian restaurant Don Giovanni over the busy festive period, fear not.<p>Because …

Manchester

“We don’t negotiate with terrorists” and other myths you were taught - Salon.com

<b>1. Indulging Terrorists:</b> The United States will never negotiate with terrorists, never ransom political prisoners, nor make concessions to insurgents.<p>Don’t you believe it.<p>The U.S. government has a firm policy never to deal with terrorists—never ever. Until, that is, a deal is made.<p>One particularly …

Entertainment

Let Us Now Praise Pharoah Sanders, Master of Sax

In A.B. Spellman’s essential 1966 book, <i>Four Lives in the Bebop Business</i>, Ornette Coleman said the following: “The best statements Negroes have made, …

Jazz

Radio DJ Helen Borgers, L.A.'s longtime voice of jazz, dies at 60

For decades Helen Borgers was a leading voice of jazz in L.A., a drive-time radio personality with a booming voice and an easy laugh.<p>On air, Borgers explored both the legends and the up-and-comers who — with some luck and a bit of airplay — might arrive at the threshold of fame.<p>But her voice …

Romeo and Juliet

New York Today: Readers Try a Week of Meditation

<i>Good morning on this radiant Friday.</i><p>How can stressed-out, busy New Yorkers incorporate meditation into their daily routines? And can it make a difference?<p>To explore those questions, we asked 13 readers who have little to no meditation experience to try it for 20 minutes each morning last week and …

New York City

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:<p>NOT REAL: Second Roy Moore Accuser Works For Michelle Obama …

News (U.S.)

The Opera to See This Weekend: The Exterminating Angel

Exiled from Generalissimo Franco’s fascist Spain, the surrealist filmmaker Luis Bunuel continued to skewer upper-class mores through his cinematic eye while living in Mexico City. It was here that he worked on his 1962 classic <i>The Exterminating Angel</i>. The movie is set at a formal dinner party, where …

Culture

How Do You Train a Donkey to Be a Met Opera Performer?

Meet the live animals specially taught to learn music cues for La Bohème, Exterminating Angel, and more.<p>In many Met productions, the world’s finest …

The Arts

Two Operas With Nothing in Common, Except Exhausted Women

There could hardly be two operas less similar than “Thaïs” and “The Mother of Us All.”<p>“Thaïs,” a few gallons of French Romantic cream whipped into a lush, lurid frenzy by Jules Massenet, runs at the Metropolitan Opera through Dec. 2. “The Mother of Us All,” Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s wryly …

New York City

Can rotten people create great art?

We should be judging the art, not the morality of the artist<p>Resolving the dichotomy between a work of art, and the artist who created it, has never been more urgent or important than it is today.<p>Recently, in Hollywood, the crisis of influential people using their power to sexually blackmail …

Kevin Spacey

Deep Focus: Darkest Hour

In broad, fervid strokes, Joe Wright’s <i>Darkest Hour</i> renders the soul-stirring sights and sounds of Winston Churchill seizing political power and …

Romeo and Juliet

Ailyn Pérez ascends at the Met from a Philadelphia launch pad

So many Academy of Vocal Arts alumni have made the cover of Opera News in recent years that the lobby walls at the conservatory’s Spruce Street …

Philadelphia

Ferragamo and Tosca host haute afternoon tea set | Style Magazine | South China Morning Post

Haute couture meets haute cuisine in Salvatore Ferragamo’s collaboration with the culinary team at Michelin-starred Tosca in an afternoon tea that …

Salvatore Ferragamo

Louis C.K., male accountability and the year fans were forced to grow up

As privileged classes go, few hold as elevated pride of place in American culture as the fans.<p>Not just movies but entire franchises are constructed for their benefit — for good and, today at least, for ill (op. cit. the dreary “Justice League”). Other movies are made by them, such as the upcoming …

Lifestyle

'White governments handed out guns to us and turned a blind eye': Kyle Abraham on his Boyz N the Hood dance

His political fury and upbeat moves make Kyle Abraham one of America’s most original choreographers. He talks about systemic racism, his wrecked home town of Pittsburgh, creating an African opera and playing Obama’s speeches backwards<p>“I grew up making dances in my bedroom long before I knew …

Royal Opera House

Accessories Play a Key Role in English National Opera’s ‘Marnie,’ Says Arianne Phillips

The opera, with costumes sponsored by Mr Porter, is a partnership between the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the English National Opera.<p><b>LONDON</b> <b>—</b> A …

Turnbull & Asser

Medea casts her spell at Wexford

Bringing forgotten masterpieces back to life: that’s the mission of the Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland.<p>The 66th edition opened with an operatic gem: Luigi Cherubini’s masterpiece ‘Medea’.<p>Written just after the French revolution, it is based on Euripides’ tragedy of Medea, who murders her …

The Arts

Nico Muhly on His New Opera and Women’s ‘Pressurized’ Lives

LONDON — “Reality is actually harder to work with, because it’s less believable,” the composer Nico Muhly said in a recent interview at the Coliseum theater here.<p>Mr. Muhly’s first two operas, “Dark Sisters” and “Two Boys,” were based on real-life events. But his new one, “Marnie,” which opens at …

Metropolitan Opera

Lucia di Lammermoor, Royal Opera House, London, review: Katie Mitchell's staging is spooky

Donizetti composed his Scottish tragedy nearly two centuries ago, yet real life has only recently caught up with it. Lucia loves Edgardo, but is …

Royal Opera House

Minnesota Opera: Hear 'The Marriage of Figaro' live

The Arts

Gardner Museum taps George Steel as new curator for music

Musical programming in Boston will soon be receiving an infusion of new energy, as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has named the veteran New York …

Stephen Sondheim

‘Girls of the Golden West’: Catch these related events

Lectures, discussions, readings and exhibits have been scheduled related to San Francisco Opera’s world premiere production of John Adams’ “Girls of …

Music

Coloratura hits new high in Ades opera

NEW YORK (AP) — Soprano Audrey Luna's performance in "The Exterminating Angel" can be seen and heard when the Metropolitan Opera's production is broadcast live in HD to movie theaters on Saturday.<p>Luna sings a stratospheric A above high C in Thomas Ades' new opera, along with many other notes nearly …

Metropolitan Opera

High schoolers freak out over Joe Biden eating

Joe Biden’s big with Generation Z.<p>A group of high school kids gathered outside Midtown eatery Don Giovanni to watch the former vice president …

Joe Biden

Where to Find the Best Food in Austin

This post was written by Sivan, one of our Travel Expert Contributors!Austin is such a foodie town with tons of amazing places to try. The city has …

Texas

John Adams Seeks Gold With a California Opera

You might expect composer John Adams to have been honored that major media made trips with him twice recently, up into the Sierra gold country. First …

The Arts

Dudley Simpson obituary

Composer who wrote theme tunes for popular TV series and became the in-house composer for Doctor Who in the 1960s and 70s<p>Dudley Simpson, who has died aged 95, wrote memorable theme tunes for popular television series such as The Brothers and Blake’s 7, but was at his most prolific as the creator of …

Royal Opera House