France and the cultural world paid tributes to Patrice Chereau, a film, theater and opera director who died at age 68 and was, according to President Francois Hollande, “one of France’s greatest artists.”
The Rhine is a grubby swimming pool. Three bored, blowsy Rhine maidens absently down vodka and unpeg lacy lingerie from a washing line in “Das Rheingold,” the first opera in the “Ring” cycle, at the Bayreuth Festival.
Michael Baum took every substitute teaching job he found and has sent out hundreds of resumes since graduating from college two years ago. He never got a full-time offer and works as a waiter at a pizza parlor in Chicago, earning $650 during a busy week.
The South Korean bass-baritone Samuel Youn will sing the title role in “The Flying Dutchman” at Bayreuth Festival after Yevgeny Nikitin withdrew because of Nazi symbols he had tattooed on his chest in his youth.