Performing Arts

Theater Review: ‘The Burial at Thebes’

Is Creon a despot or honorable leader? Paul O'Brien plays the king in Seamus Heaney “The Burial at Thebes,” based on Sophocles’ s "Antigone." (Carol Rosegg)
Is Creon a despot or honorable leader? Paul O'Brien plays the king in Seamus Heaney “The Burial at Thebes,” based on Sophocles’ s "Antigone." (Carol Rosegg)

NEW YORK—As single-minded King Creon of Thebes in ancient Greece puts it, “If you’re not with me, you’re against me.” This is a line from...

  • Chronological Chopin – Ballades – Preludes – Scherzi:
Burkard Schliessmann (Divine Art)

    Album Review: Chronological Chopin – Ballades – Preludes – Scherzi: Burkard Schliessmann

    A more traditional choice of music than usual from the eclectic Divine Art label, this three CD set nevertheless positions itself with their more ambitious... Read more

  • Len Cariou’s one-man presentation “Broadway and the Bard." (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘Broadway and the Bard’

    NEW YORK—To anyone who’s been following the doings of the entertainment world for any length of time, the name Len Cariou conjures up excellence, skill,... Read more

  • Mark Strong as Eddie Carbone and Nicola Walker as his wife Beatrice give standout performances in an exceptional cast.  (Jan Versweyveld)

    Theater Review: ‘A View From the Bridge’

    NEW YORK—Director Ivo van Hove’s excellent staging and brilliant performances from the entire cast bring home the full power of Arthur Miller’s 1955 drama, “A... Read more

  • Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta and Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role of Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda." Photos by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.

    Sondra Radvanovsky Triumphs Over a Cold as Maria Stuarda

    NEW YORK—The audience issued a collective groan when an announcer stepped on stage before the first performance this season of “Maria Stuarda.” He said that the... Read more

  • A scene from “Capturing Arrows with Boats of Straw,” a story-dance based on a chapter from the great historical novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms.” (Shen Yun Performing Arts)

    Shen Yun Brings Soul-Stirring Entertainment Back to Vancouver

    Shen Yun Performing Arts returned to Vancouver for the ninth year this past weekend, playing four shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. And as usual,... Read more

  • Orville in flight over Huffman Prairie, Ohio, in the Wright Flyer II. Flight 85, went approximately 1,760 feet (536 m) in 40 1⁄5 seconds on Nov. 16, 1904. (Public Domain)

    Book Review: ‘The Wright Brothers’

    The story of the Wright Brothers sounds like something out of a fairy tale. Against the odds, two brothers embark on a journey to make... Read more

  • German tenor Stefan Vinke makes his Canadian Opera Company debut as Siegfried. (C. Moses)

    A Marathon at the Opera

    TORONTO—For German tenor Stefan Vinke, performing the role of Siegfried in Wagner’s opera by the same name continues to be a journey of discovery. He... Read more

  • Rick Roberts, Philippa Domville, Nicola Correia-Damude, Paul Braunstein in "Within the Glass." (Cylla von Tiedemann)

    ‘Within the Glass’: Play Explores Dilemmas of Parenthood, Infertility

    TORONTO—What does parenthood mean to us? Whether we have children or not, we can’t avoid this question as we go through our lives. Parenthood is... Read more

  • Carson (Christopher Denham) is learning from his boss and billionaire Mickey Ross (Al Pacino). (Jeremy Daniel)

    Theater Review: ‘China Doll’

    NEW YORK—A cornered foe, particularly an elderly one, can be quite dangerous, especially when all he wants is to be left alone. David Mamet brilliantly... Read more

  • Conductor and Music Director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (PACS), David Bernard rehearses Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 with the PACS orchestra at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in the Mary Cary Flagler Hall in New York, on Jan. 14, 2016. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Bringing the Audience Into the Orchestra

    NEW YORK—Every word he speaks cascades deliberately to the next with clear articulation. David Bernard is not one to slur his words, especially when he’s... Read more

  • In this undated image released by NYC Opera Renaissance, Michael Capasso, who will lead the reborn New York City Opera, examines drawings used for sets and costumes at the 1900 premiere of Puccini's "Tosca" in Rome.  (John Farrell/NYCO Renaissance via AP)

    Reviving City Opera With a Nod to the Past

    NEW YORK — When the curtain rises on “Tosca” at the Rose Theater it may look like a double-dip into the past: a tribute to... Read more

  • Beatrice-Joanna (Sara Topham) and Alsemero (Christian Coulson) in the Red Bull Theater's production of Thomas Middleton and William Rowley's rarely-performed 1622 Jacobean work "The Changeling." (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘The Changeling’

    NEW YORK—It’s been said that tragedy and comedy are two sides of the same coin, and that a given situation can appear hilarious in one... Read more

  • Carol Rosegg

    Maurice Hines’s ‘Tappin’ Thru Life’

    NEW YORK—”Tappin’ Thru Life” is a singing and dancing trip down memory lane by the dazzling Maurice Hines. The show, written and choreographed by the... Read more

  • COC Music Director Johannes Debus and COC General Director Alexander Neef announced the company's 2016/2017 season at a special event at the 
Four Seasons Centre, Jan. 13, 2016 (bohuang.ca)

    Canadian Opera Company announces 2016/2017 season

    TORONTO—Spring has not yet arrived, but the new season is already blooming at the Canadian Opera Company, as the company announced its ambitious 2016/2017 lineup... Read more

  • In this Tuesday, June 9, 2015 file photo, actor Alan Rickman attends The Public Theater's Annual Gala at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, in New York.  British actor Alan Rickman, whose career ranged from Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company to the “Harry Potter” films, has died. He was 69.  Rickman’s family said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 that the actor had died after a battle with cancer.  (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

    Alan Rickman, Star of Stage, Snape of “Harry Potter” Dies at 69

    LONDON—British actor Alan Rickman, a classically trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the “Harry Potter” saga and other films, has died. He was... Read more

  • From the Jan.10th Shining Stars Concert: (L–R) Conductor Paul Hostetter, clarinetist Adrian Cunningham, violinist Yurie Minamaya, artistic director/founder Julie Jordan, violinist Christian Maloney, Sophia Steger, and Irish stepdancer and folk spoon player Niall O’Leary.  (Mark Minaly)

    New York Concerti Sinfonietta Spotlights Special Guests

    NEW YORK—In its Oct. 2015 four-event Irish Festival, the New York Concerti Sinfonietta expanded its musical programs to include two dramas in celebration of the... Read more

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