Claudio Abbado, the Italian conductor who directed the London Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic while serving as a mentor to countless young classical musicians, has died. He was 80.
The challenge of how to make money from opera has taxed impresarios from the early 17th century until our time. One man is solving it in his own way.
Peter Brook is bowing out with a whimper, not a bang. “A Magic Flute (After Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ),” his new and possibly last production at the Bouffes du Nord in Paris, will appeal only to unconditional fans.
There are more reeds, of the bamboo variety, than flutes and also precious little magic in Peter Brook’s fantasy-parched “A Magic Flute.”
Frail opera goers in New York gird yourselves and medicate.
Ignorance is bliss, goes the old saying. Not at English National Opera , it isn’t.
While filming “The African Queen” in Uganda and what was then called the Belgian Congo, Katharine Hepburn battled soldier ants, got chased by elephants and handled Humphrey Bogart’s toupee.
You needn’t be a kid to know that most children’s movies lately, excepting some animation, are dreary time-wasters.