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  • Diva-Loving Copley Revives Hit ‘La Boheme’ at Royal Opera

    When John Copley was asked to direct “La Boheme” at London’s Royal Opera, he was told the production had to be good enough to last at least five or six years.

  • Luxury Books on Savile Row, Vuitton, Extreme Golf, Zeffirelli

    In March 1905, Georges Vuitton dared escape artist Harry Houdini to pit his skill against a handmade trunk bearing the Vuitton family name.

  • ‘Manon’ Bores in New Met Staging With Diva Netrebko

    I can’t recall ever hearing anyone, even the craziest opera nut, say: “I am just dying to see ‘Manon’ by Massenet!”

  • Scene Last Night: Feinberg, Flowers Toast New Year at Met Gala

    J. Christopher Flowers shared his New Year’s resolution at the Metropolitan Opera’s gala performance of Verdi’s “La Traviata.”

  • Joan Sutherland, Superstar Diva, Dies, 83: Manuela Hoelterhoff

    Joan Sutherland , a large-boned, helmet-haired, high-singing Australian soprano with a perfect trill, died at age 83 in Switzerland, her refuge after decades of singing unhinged maidens, enraged priestesses, and happy-go- lucky waifs.

  • Grand ‘Bete,’ Odd Swans, ‘Boheme,’ Erin McKeown: N.Y. Weekend

    The Broadway revival of “La Bete” features the U.K.’s great clown Mark Rylance in a scenery- devouring, tour-de-force performance as a buffoonish actor foisted on David Hyde Pierce and his tony acting troupe.

  • Raging Gibson Turns From ‘Mad Max' Into ‘Mad Mel’: Rainer File

    In the crowded annals of Hollywood infamy, few celebrities have matched Mel Gibson ’s dive-bomb from superstar to dirtbag.

  • Tenor Placido Domingo to Let Contract at Washington National Opera Expire

    Placido Domingo Decides Not to Extend Contract as Director of the Washington National Opera By Anne Midgette Sept. 27 (Washington Post) -- Famed tenor Plácido Domingo said Monday that he will not renew his contract as general director of the Washington National Opera. His contract expires in June 2011. His departure means that the company is left without a marquee leader, its most recognizable brand, at a time when nearly every detail of the WNO's future is open to question -- most importantly, whether it will remain autonomous or merge with the Kennedy Center. Domingo, 69, who has been associated with the opera for 14 years, announced his decision via conference call to the WNO board at a meeting Monday morning, speaking from Los Angeles, where he is also general director of the Los Angeles Opera. He is currently singing there in the starring role in the new opera "Il Postino" and conducting "Marriage of Figaro."

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