Rise Stevens, the New York City- born mezzo-soprano who reigned at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1940s and 1950s and injected sensuality and dramatic fire into her signature role in “Carmen,” has died. She was 99.
Max Steiner, composer of the quintessential American film score for “Gone With the Wind,” was born Maximilian Raoul Steiner in 1888, in Vienna. One of his earliest memories was sitting on Emperor Franz Joseph’s lap.
With ballet, fencing and buffoonery as well as the star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in a ghastly gold leopard-print suit, Richard Strauss’s opera “Ariadne auf Naxos” at the Salzburg Festival has something for everyone.
Joanna Lumley is back on the West End stage for the first time in 15 years -- for a role that sees her sport bloomers and curl papers. The actress is throwing away the glamour of the TV parts that have won many male hearts. In “La Bete,” she has chosen the wrong vehicle.
Just as the New York Philharmonic Opening Night Gala was getting under way, Gary Parr, vice chairman at Lazard Ltd. and chairman of the New York Philharmonic, estimated that his conversations would be 98 percent about music and 2 percent about markets.