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Shakespeare in the Park Midsummer and Beyond

Shakespeare in the Park Midsummer and Beyond

Baz Luhrmann gleaned the requisites for his 1993 production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, rummaging through the Australian Opera’s warehouses. Constrained by budgets, the director fashioned Regent Park replete with rotunda, centre-stage, in which he delivered the orchestra from their stygian pit. And from under the rotunda, a boys chorus paddled forth from […]

Book Review: Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Book Review: Erich Wolfgang Korngold

“The genuine artist creates at a distance from his own time, even for a time beyond,” wrote the composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold in October, 1955, in the foreword to the book Faith in Music by protégé Ulric Devaré. It was, in fact, Korngold’s last published essay, written as a reflection on his life as a […]

The Staatsoper Ballet: Rivalries Centre Stage

The Staatsoper Ballet: Rivalries Centre Stage

Midway through Manuel Legris’ third season at Staatsoper, Vienna is becoming a ballet city. What a difference one person can make! Actually it’s two people: Legris has the firm backing of Staatsoper General Director Dominique Meyer, whose passion for dance can be heard in extended speeches after each premiere. This is a stark contrast to […]

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