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Performing Arts

Finding Inspiration in Opera

(L-R) Elizabeth DeShong as Calbo and Leah Crocetto as Anna in the COC’s production of "Maometto II, 2016. (Michael Cooper)
(L-R) Elizabeth DeShong as Calbo and Leah Crocetto as Anna in the COC’s production of "Maometto II, 2016. (Michael Cooper)

TORONTO—Opera is larger than life, combining words and music to produce drama that may be at once foreign and intimately connected to us.  That is...




  • Claude and Denise Dagenais reflected on the importance of spirituality in one’s life after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at Place des Arts on May 1, 2016. (Donyu Teng/Epoch Times)

    ‘It was an elevation,’ Says Executive About Spirituality in Shen Yun

    MONTREAL, Canada—Shen Yun Performing Arts wrapped up its three-show run at Place des Arts on May 1, but not without enhancing a spiritual awareness among... Read more

  • Waltraud Meier as Klytämnestra and Nina Stemme in the title role of Richard Strauss's Elektra. Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

    The Met Ends Its Season With a Powerful ‘Elektra’

    NEW YORK—Richard Strauss’s opera “Elektra” was the last work staged by Patrice Chéreau. The director died shortly after the opening at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in... Read more

  • Henry V (Alex Hassell) with the Archbishop of Canterbury (Jim Hooper) in the last in the cycle of king plays at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, “Henry V.” (Stephanie Berger)

    Theater Review: ‘Henry V’

    NEW YORK—Responsibility reveals the measure of the man. Such is the basic lesson presented in William Shakespeare’s “Henry V.” The Brooklyn Academy of Music presents... Read more

  • Joann Pham and Michel Parise attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at Montreal's Place des Arts on April 30, 2016. Donna He/Epoch Times)

    Thoughts On Shen Yun’s Message of ‘Peace, Compassion, Tolerance’

    MONTREAL, Canada—Joann Pham was lucky enough to be visiting Montreal from the U.S. when Shen Yun Performing Arts came to town, so she took in... Read more

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    Musicians Feel ‘Very Inspired’ and ‘Very Emotional’ After Seeing Shen Yun

    MISSISSAUGA, Canada—Musicians Grant Slater and Sunshine Parry drove over an hour and a half from Barrie to catch the final performance of Shen Yun Performing... Read more

  • Rachel Healy amid her creations, costume and puppet design, for "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," at The Chicago Children's Theatre. (Charles Osgood Photography)

    Costume Designer Rachel Healy: Classics Connect Us to Our Humanity

    Practitioners involved with the classical arts respond to why they think the texts, forms, and methods of the classics are worth keeping and why they... Read more

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    Sibylle’s Style Diary: Cheryl Stern of ‘Shoes and Baggage’ on Being a Fashionable Shopaholic on and Off the Stage

    This week’s style diary guest is award-winning Broadway actress and writer Cheryl Stern. Cheryl is about to start performing, on May 5, in the most fashionable Off-Broadway... Read more

  • French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises the role of Carmen in the Canadian Opera Company’s Production. (Courtesy of the artist)

    The Fascination with ‘Carmen’

    TORONTO—What makes “Carmen” so fascinating?  Since its Paris premiere in 1875, “Carmen” has become one of the most performed operas in the world, enchanting audiences... Read more

  • (L–R) Fiona (Barrie Kreinik) and her mother Morag (Aedin Moloney) meet at a beach for, but also to reconcile in Sharman Macdonald’s bittersweet drama, “When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout.” (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout’

    NEW YORK—This is a play about women, but the occasional presence and central importance of men is felt throughout.   Scottish playwright Sharman Macdonald’s “When... Read more

  • In 1923, when Alice Murphy (Carmen Cusack) was 16 years old, she was in love with Jimmy Ray Dobbs (Paul Alexander Nolan), in “Bright Star.” (Nick Stokes)

    Theater Review: ‘Bright Star’

    NEW YORK—There’s warmth and anguish aplenty in the new Broadway musical “Bright Star,” a tale about the bonds of family—for good and for bad. With... Read more

  • Kathleen Kim as Blondchen, Brenton Ryan as Pedrillo, Albina Shagimuratova as Konstanze and Paul Appleby as Belmonte in Mozart's "Die Entführung aus dem Serail." Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.

    Lively ‘Abduction From the Seraglio’ Is Back at the Met

    Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” (“Abduction From the Seraglio”) is being revived at the Metropolitan Opera under the able conducting of James Levine. The... Read more

  • The Boston Ballet company in “Swan Lake.” (Rosalie O'Connor/ Boston Ballet)

    When Worlds Collide: Boston Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’

    BOSTON—”Swan Lake,” the best-loved ballet in the repertoire, is set in both the everyday world and a mythological realm of spells and sorcerers. The music is... Read more

  • Photo: NATHAN THE WISE By GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM LESSING Adapted by EDWARD KEMP Directed by BRIAN KULICK with F. MURRAY ABRAHAM, GEORGE ABUD, AUSTIN DURANT, JOHN CHRISTOPHER JONES, SHIVA KALAISELVAN, CAROLINE LAGERFELT, ERIN NEUFER, STARK SANDS; presented by Classic Stage Company dress rehearsal photographed: Friday, January 15, 2016; 2:00 PM at Classic Stage Company, New York; Photograph: © 2016 Richard Termine PHOTO CREDIT - Richard Termine

    Theater Review: ‘Nathan the Wise’

    NEW YORK—Set in Jerusalem in 1192, this morality tale written in the 18th century by German writer Gotthold Ephraim Lessing readily and painfully translates to... Read more

  • F. Paul Driscoll, editor in chief of Opera News, talks about cultural changes and current challenges impacting the world of opera at his office in Lincoln Center, New York, on March 21, 2016. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Demystifying the Opera

    NEW YORK—Opera may not be for everybody. It’s clearly artificial. No one would ever be fooled into thinking that it’s realistic, but the emotions have... Read more

  • King Henry IV (Jasper Britton), center, having ascended to the throne of England, learns all too quickly that winning a battle is not nearly as difficult as keeping the peace. (Richard Termine)

    Theater Review: ‘King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings’

    NEW YORK—Remember your allies and the promises you’ve made them in your climb to the top, warns William Shakespeare in “Henry IV Part I.” Now... Read more

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    Spring into the Jazz Scene: Highlights of the Next Month in NYC

    New York City is the jazz capital of the world and spring is a perfect time to go out to jazz clubs and jazz concerts... Read more


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