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10 Times Our Fave Ballet Dancers Made Turning Actually Look Easy

10 Times Our Fave Ballet Dancers Made Turning Actually Look Easy

10 Times Our Fave Ballet Dancers Made Turning Actually Look Easy At this point, you’d think we’d all be used to the level of technical absurdity Daniil Simkin achieves when he’s playing around in the studio. But then he did this: Daniil Simkin on Instagram: “… cue circus music …” …and now we’re low-key appalled in the absolute best way. After we picked our jaws up from the floor, we were inspired to dig up ... Read More »

Funny fascist

Funny fascist

Funny fascist Leave it to Opera News to whitewash the revolting reactionary politics of Franco Zeffirelli. According to Fred Plotkin, the late director, who advocated the death penalty for women who have abortions, “mistrusted Italian communists and embraced a stance that, through decades of ever-shifting Italian political definitions, could be called center-right.” And that’s only the beginning of the pandering hagiography. Source: Music-2 Funny fascist Read More »

Dido it again

Dido it again

Dido it again “Trove Thursday” began in September 2015 with Berlioz’s Les Troyens, so to mark its fourth anniversary (and 190th installment) it returns to another setting of that tragic tale: Purcell’s remarkably concise Dido and Aeneas in a pair of fascinatingly different interpretations led by two “Nicks.” Tatiana Troyanos and Jon Vickers love and part paced by Nicola Rescigno while period-performance pioneer Nikolaus Harnoncourt steers the doomed affair between Bernarda Fink and Gerald Finley. ... Read More »

A Dance Hall of Fame Launches in Los Angeles

A Dance Hall of Fame Launches in Los Angeles

A Dance Hall of Fame Launches in Los Angeles With so much dance in pop culture these days—from TV shows like “Fosse/Verdon” and “Pose” to the resurgence of movie musicals to movement-rich music videos—it’s not surprising that the entertainment industry has decided to tip its hat to dance. This week, plans for a Los Angeles–based Dance Hall of Fame were announced. None The organization, helmed by Emmy-award winning director Louis J. Horvitz and Emmy-award winning ... Read More »

Miss me blond

Miss me blond

Miss me blond The San Francisco Opera continues their 2019-20 Season with another opera based on a literary work, Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd, which opened Saturday September 7. Based on an unfinished Herman Melville’s novella and written to a libretto by novelist E. M. Forster and long-time collaborator Eric Crozier, Billy Budd was commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain for the 1951 Festival of Britain, and it was premiered at the Royal Opera House on ... Read More »

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