| Dec 16, 2013
| 11:19 AM
For opera fans in Southern California, Christoph Waltz has become a semi-regular presence in the audience of Los Angeles Opera productions at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. On Sunday, the two-time Academy Award winning actor officially made his debut as...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 10:19 AM
Now that some more pressing things are out of the way (not pressing to you, of course, just my editors), I thought I would share a few thoughts about last weekend, which I spent largely listening to the sound of singing. It was an interesting, if...
| Oct 15, 2011
| 7:59 AM
Dear readers: In June we announced the launch of a bigger, better Chicago Tribune designed to meet the expectations of readers who love their daily encounter with the printed newspaper.
Today, four months later, we offer you a progress report and once...
| Oct 22, 2011
Three years ago, a Druid priestess and her Roman lover walked willingly and melodically into a blazing pyre as the curtain fell on a performance of Bellini's "Norma" at the Lyric Opera House. Those epic characters were not the only ones being consumed....
| Dec 1, 2011
| 1:06 PM
If you've been staring at the huge banner of the beautiful Renee Fleming on the back of the Civic Opera House — or noting how well the Lyric Opera of Chicago finds the sex and glamour in its promotion of its season of operas — you're...
| Feb 13, 2011
| 9:11 PM
When Ron Griffin received a solicitation for Lyric Opera Baltimore a few weeks ago, he had some questions. The organization sounded a lot like the Baltimore Opera Company, which folded midseason in 2009 because of financial problems, leaving Griffin and...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 3:14 PM
"After I play this,"Yo-Yo Masaid as he picked up his 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius cello, "tell me what you think about." This is Tuesday, around lunch.
He played the prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1.
Here's a popular version of it online, which...
| Mar 24, 2012
| 8:00 PM
Nauticus and Virginia Stage Company are teaming up to present "Swingtime Salute, An On-Deck Revue," this summer.
Performances of the World War II-era song and dance show will take place May 31 through July 8 on the deck of the Battleship Wisconsin in...
| Apr 14, 2012
| 7:33 PM
The Virginia Arts Festival begins its 16th season on Monday, April 16, and the opening lineup of performers says a lot about where the festival has come and where it's heading.
The week ahead is bracketed by two events of international caliber, a recital...
| Apr 19, 2012
| 6:50 AM
Opening with the vocal mastery of Renee Fleming on April 16, the Virginia Arts Festival presented a very different master in Jake Shimabukuro's performance on the ukulele April 18.
Hawaii-born Shimabukuro gained world-wide attention with his YouTube...
| Dec 31, 2011
| 8:00 PM
No one blockbuster event stood out in the year that's ending, but Hampton Roads experienced a strong year of music and theater.
The economy improved just a hair so that audience members felt a little more comfortable dipping into their wallets. The...